How are our boating region affected?

When does each boat region open and what coronavirus restrictions are in place?

Understandable and necessary government restrictions, to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, have delayed the opening of all of our cruising regions this year. Thankfully, such restrictions are slowly being eased, which has allowed us to start opening our bases and resume operations across our various boating regions.

 

Such restrictions have varied between countries and we have been prevented from opening all our destinations at once. You can find our confirmed or estimated opening dates for each region below, as well as the current restrictions that remain in place that may still have an impact on your vacation.

BELGIUM

Our Belgian region opened on July 4, 2020.

From July 4th, you can experiance a fantastic boat holiday in the Belgium. However, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups may consist up to a maximum of 15 people from the same family or circle of acquaintances.
  • Face masks are compulsory on public transport and in places where the safety distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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CANADA

Our Canadian region opened on June 3, 2020.

From June 3rd, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in Canada however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions that are in place require that groups need to be from one household, or a maximum of 10 people if living in different households.
  • Everyone visiting Eastern Ontario (where Le Boat are based) are required to wear non-medical masks in indoor public places.
  • Some businesses indoor areas such as restaurants and bars are likely to be closed, but they may still offer outdoor dining, takeout and delivery services.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place.
  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to open our base in Seeley’s Bay for the rest of the 2020 season.
  • Many stores, shops and other attractions may limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination. (This includes those planning to drive from the USA).   

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

Our Thames region opened on July 4, 2020.

Our Scottish region opens on July 22, 2020.

From July 4th on the Thames and July 22nd in Scotland, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions that are in place, require that groups need to be from no more than two household.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • Many stores, shops and other attractions may require you to sanitize your hands, wear a face mask or protective equipment when entering their premises. They may also limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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FRANCE

Our Canal du Midi, Camargue, Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire and Burgundy: Franche Comté regions opened on June 15, 2020.

Our Brittany, Lot, Charente and Aquitaine regions opened on June 26, 2020.

Starting from June 15, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in France however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to open our bases in Boofzheim, Castelsarrasin, Dinan, Branges, Chatillon-Sur-Loire, Narbonne and Trebes for the rest of the 2020 season. If you have a booking that is affected by this base closure, where possible, your booking will be switched to a different base within the same cruising region. We will be in touch to let you know, although we are extremely busy at present, so please bear with us while we work through affected bookings in departure order. We thank you for your patience.
  • Government restrictions that are in place, require that groups can't exceed a maximum of 10 people in public places. However, a maximum of 12 people are allowed on board our boats.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home country's foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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GERMANY

Our German region opened on May 25, 2020.

From May 25th, you can experiance a fantastic boat vacation in Germany however, please note the following:

 

  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to open our base in Jabel for the rest of the 2020 season.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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IRELAND

Our Irish region opened on June 29, 2020.

From June 29th, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in Ireland however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups need to be from one household, and have enough bedrooms to all individually self-isolate.
  • If you are planning to use public transport during your trip, you will need to wear a face mask.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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ITALY

Our Italian region opened on June 12, 2020

From June 12th, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in Italy however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision to keep our base in Precenicco closed until July 31, 2020. If you have a booking that is affected by this base closure, where possible, your booking will be switched to a different base within the same cruising region. Will be contact you to let you know, although we are extremely busy at present, so please bear with us while we work through affected bookings in departure order. We thank you for your patience. 
  • The end of the cruising season in Italy has been brought forward for 2020. It will now end on October 2, 2020.
  • Government restrictions require that groups from different households will be required to adhere to 1 meter social distancing and have separate bedrooms for each household.
  • A group of two couples from 2 households require a minimum of 2 bedrooms
  • A group of 7 people, 4 households of 3 couples and 1 friend require a minimum of 4 bedrooms
  • A group of 7 friends from 7 households are not able to cruise on one boat.
  • Gloves are mandatory when using ropes and manoeuvring the boat in every harbour of the region.
  • A mask is to be used if social distancing is less than 1 meter, or when you are inside including means of transport. Children under six years and those with a disability that are not compatible with the use of the mask are exempt.
  • A 1 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not family members.
  • In food, clothing and shoe shops you must wear disposable gloves if you touch food, try on clothes or shoes.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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NETHERLANDS

Our Dutch region opened on June 15, 2020.

From June 15th, you can experience a fantastic boat holiday in the Netherlands. However, please note the following regulations:

 

Restrictions before July 1st:

  • Government restrictions require that groups need to be from one household, or a maximum of 3 people if living in different households - although groups from different households will be required to social distance with separate bedrooms and bathrooms and be able to keep 1.5 meters apart. Please note that (according to the municipality, student houses are not a household).
  • Groups of 2-3 people are permitted, irrespective of composition.
  • Groups of 4 people are permitted if: 1 household of 4 people, 2 households of 2 people, 1 household of 3 people + 1 household of 1 person. They are not permitted if: the 4 people are from more than 2 households.
  • Groups of 5 people are permitted if: 1 household of 5 people, 1 household of 3 people + 1 household of 2 people, 1 household of 4 people + 1 household of 1 person. They are not permitted if: the 5 people are from more than 2 households.
  • Groups of 6 people are permitted if: 1 household of 6 people. They are not permitted if: the 6 people come from more than 1 household.
  • Marina facilities including public toilets and showers are closed until the 1st of July. All marina will adhere to the social distancing regulations.
  • Museums and attractions may open with advance reservations only, so please check in advance.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • If you are planning to use public transport during your trip, you will need to wear a face mask.
  • Groups of people may not be allowed within shops.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

Restrictions after July 1st:

  • Government restrictions require that each household will be required to social distance with separate bedrooms and bathrooms and be able to keep 1.5 meters apart. Please note that (according to the municipality, student houses are not a household). For example 4 couples can cruise on a 4 bedroom and bathroom boat as long as they adhere to 1.5m social distancing.
  • Children from 12-18 do not have to adhere to social distancing amongst each other, but do have to keep distance from adults.
  • Children up to 12 have no restrictions.
  • If you are planning to use public transport or taxi's during your trip, you will need to wear a face mask.
  • Museums and attractions may open with advance reservations only, so please check in advance.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • Groups of people may not be allowed within shops.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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As soon as government restrictions have allowed and local authorities have reopened the waterways, we have resumed operations in each of our cruising regions as soon as we have been able, and made appropriate changes to our operations so that we are ready to welcome you and provide the safe and enjoyable cruise experience you deserve. We will continue to do so until all of our cruising regions are open. For customer with bookings in regions that are not open, our Go Boating with Confidence policy will apply and we will contact you.

 

Regardless of any coronavirus restrictions in place, if you have a booking on or before July 31st, 2020, you are still covered by our Go Boating with Confidence policy and can cancel your vacation up to 48 hours before departure and either amend it to a later date or receive a refund credit which can be applied to any future vacation departing in 2020 or 2021.