Seaman’s Book required for crew stamping out in Palma from January 1

With effect from 1st January, 2024, yacht crew will be able to stamp out (on board) in Palma de Mallorca only upon presentation of a Seaman’s Book.

An official communiqué from the border force police, issued on December 15, states that employment letters, contracts, etc, will no longer be accepted as proof of seafarer status. As such, any non-EU arrivals embarking yachts in Mallorca from January 1st will be subject to regular visa controls, with their permitted days in Schengen counting down.

Unchanged is the stamping in (off) procedure. Crew members disembarking and entering Spanish territory must be in possession of the necessary visa to stay in or travel through the territory, as well as the economic means to support themselves during their stay. Proof of accommodation for the duration, an invitation letter, or a flight ticket are required.

This new measure is likely to affect a large number of crew, who are strongly advised to apply for a Seaman’s Book without delay.

For complete information about the Seaman’s Book and how to obtain one, should read our comprehensive guide HERE, which also contains links to the main issuing authorities.