Visiting Private Yacht Regulation

Article 1: Definitions

The following terms and words, wherever mentioned in these Regulation, shall have the meanings assigned to each of them, unless the context otherwise requires:

Kingdom:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Board of Directors of the Authority:

Board of Directors of the Saudi Red Sea Authority.

Regulation:

Regulation for Visiting Private Yacht.

Authority:

Saudi Red Sea Authority .

Geographical Scope:

The territorial sea of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea, in which maritime and marine activities are practiced, and the part of the land associated with the exercise of such activities, except for the military, security and other zones therein

Visiting Yacht:

Any yacht flying the flag of a foreign country of any type and size, which visits and sails within the Geographical Scope for the purpose of tourism, maintenance, refuelling, obtaining supplies or participating in marine exhibitions.

Cruising Permit:

A permit issued by the Saudi Red Sea Authority allowing the Visiting Yacht to sail within the Geographical Scope.

Owner:

The owner of a yacht, whether one or more of the following:

a) A person who has a legal or beneficial interest in a large yacht except the mortgagee.

b) The person in charge of management on the large yacht.

c) A person who assumes full responsibility of a large yacht and is authorized by the

person mentioned in paragraphs (a) or (b).

Master:

The person qualified to command a vessel and responsible for its management.

Maritime Tourism Agent:

A legal entity licensed by the Authority to provide services to the marine craft to practice navigational activities within the Geographical Scope.

Marina:

The area used to stop or berth the marine craft in the Geographical Scope.

Ebhar Platform:

A government platform affiliated with the authority that provides all services related to marine craft tourism.

Article II (2): Purpose of the Regulation

This Regulation aims to regulate the entry and exit of private yachts visiting the Geographical Scope.

Article III (3): Procedures for obtaining a Sailing Permit.

  1. A Visiting Yacht is prohibited to enter or anchor in the Geographical Scope before obtaining a Cruising Permit.
  2. The owner or the Maritime Tourism Agent must attach the following documents for the Visiting Yacht with the application for a Cruising Permit on the Ebhar platform:

    a) A copy of the registration certificate.

    b) The owner's data that are not included in the registration certificate including his name, nationality, contact numbers, e-mail address, and address.

    c) A copy of the Visiting Yacht classification certificate or general inspection report.

    d) A comprehensive insurance policy valid in the Geographical Scope, covering the full civil liability of the insurer and the insurance company arising from death, bodily injury or material damage resulting from the vessel and the removal of wrecks.

    e) A document showing the planned yacht itinerary, i.e., the duration of the yacht's stay and sailing areas within the Geographical Scope.

    f) A copy of the Ship's Station License (Ship Station License).

    g) A copy of the list of crew members and passengers.

    h) A copy of a contract concluded with the Maritime Tourism Agent / management of the Marina.
  3. The Authority will technically consider the Cruising Permit application to verify that it meets all relevant requirements and ensure that the application is accompanied by all required documents, as specified in paragraph (2) above.
  4. The Authority shall respond to the request for a Cruising Permit by acceptance or rejection as required by this Regulation within 24 hours of the completion of the application.
  5. The applicant is required to pay the financial consideration for the issuance of the Cruising Permit, as approved by the Board of Directors of the Authority and the relevant regulations and instructions, depending on the duration of stay.
  6. The Cruising Permit issued by the Authority will include the name of the Master and any other restrictions, conditions, and rules to which the Cruising Permit is subject, in addition to the yacht certificate, the type of the Visiting Yacht, the name of the Owner, the purpose of the visit and the duration of stay within the Geographical Scope.

Article IV (4): Validity of the permit

1. The Cruising Permit is valid for a maximum of (6) six months and is renewed by submitting a new application.

2. The Cruising Permit shall be revoked when the yacht leaves the territorial sea of the Kingdom, even if it is valid.

Article Five (5): Requirements and Technical Specifications for Visiting Yachts

In addition to the technical requirements and specifications that yachts must meet under the applicable law, including the Kingdom's regulations, the Visiting Yacht must meet the following technical requirements and specifications:

  1. The Visiting Yacht must be equipped with safety, navigation, communications, and environmental protection equipment as required by the navigation area/gross tonnage and the number of crew and passengers of the yacht. Such equipment must also be replaced, repaired, or serviced when it fails.
  2. The Visiting Yacht must be equipped with fire detection and fighting equipment Such equipment must also be replaced, repaired, or serviced when it fails.
  3. Any small boat on board the yacht or any follow-up boat sailing alongside the Visiting Yacht to sail within the Geographical Scope must issue the relevant permits and meet the safety requirements stipulated by the Authority or any other concerned party.

Article VI (6): Arrival and Departure Procedures

  1. All required documents are submitted through the Ebhar platform to obtain visas for crew and passenger members and to complete the pre-clearance procedures for customs declaration.
  2. The Visiting Yacht informs the concerned authority at the point of entry with the arrival notice in advance.
  3. Meet the requirements of the Passport Department at the point of entry.
  4. The Visiting Yacht may leave the Geographical Scope through an alternative exit point after informing the concerned authorities and fulfilling the requirements of customs, passports, and border guards.

Article VII (7): Obligations of the Owner and the Master

  1. The Owner or Master shall abide by all applicable regulations, including those of the Kingdom, when sailing the Visiting Yacht within the Geographical Scope.
  2. When sailing the Visiting Yacht within the Geographical Scope, the Owner or Master must ensure that the Visiting Yacht is equipped with the minimum number of crew members stipulated in the " Minimum Safe Manning Document for Ships" , if applicable to the yacht size/ type.
  3. The Owner or Master is obliged to always turn on the Visiting Yacht’s Automated Identification System (AIS) and constantly update the status of the Visiting Yacht on AIS.
  4. The Owner or Master must ensure that the Visiting Yacht is operated in accordance with rules and regulations under applicable agreements, including the International Safety Management Code (ISM) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), if applicable to the yacht size/ type.

  5. The Owner or Master must ensure the seaworthiness of the Visiting Yacht throughout the validity period of the permit, including periodic maintenance 

  6. The Owner or Master must ensure that all inspections of the Visiting Yacht are carried out in a timely manner, as well as renew all certificates and approvals issued for the yacht before their expiry.

  7. The Owner or Master shall abide by the safety instructions issued by the Authority and abide by the instructions of the Marina management and the competent authorities and safety  procedures when moving or docking in the Geographical Scope.

  8. The Owner or Master shall immediately notify the competent authorities of any accident, emergency, risks, or imminent accidents that may threaten the safety of the Visiting Yacht, its crew members, and passengers, affect navigation operations or cause damage to the environment.

  9. The Owner or Master shall ensure that the yacht complies with all requirements, including but not limited to the duration and validity of the Cruising Permit

Article VIII (8): Obligations of the Maritime Tourism Agent

  1. The Maritime Tourism Agent is obliged to renew the Cruising Permit and visit visas for the crew members/passengers of the Visiting Yacht before their expiry.
  2. The Maritime Tourism Agent shall pay the financial consideration due to the Authority as approved by its Board of Directors and any other financial obligations to the relevant authorities in accordance with the applicable regulations and instructions.
  3. The Maritime Tourism Agent shall abide by the tax and customs regulations in force in the Kingdom when operating the Visiting Yacht, including when entering through a specific entry or exit point.
  4. The Maritime Tourism Agent shall ensure the payment of any dues on the yacht to the Authority or any other party if required.

Article IX (9): General Provisions

  1. The Authority shall issue the necessary rules and procedures to implement the provisions of this Regulation.
  2. All those to whom the provisions of this Regulation apply shall be bound by what the Authority issues in implementation thereof.

Article X (10) Adoption and Amendment of the Regulation

This Regulation shall be issued by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Authority, and any amendments thereto, whether by deletion, addition, or cancellation, shall be approved.

Article XI (11): Publication and Validity of the Regulations

This Regulation shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall enter into force 90 days after the date of its publication.