Pre-Arrival Information for Visiting Yachts

24th May

You should contact Port Control on VHF Channel 12 before arrival. Port Control will allocate you a berth.

On arrival, please complete the Yacht Registration form using the link below. Our team looks forward to welcoming you to Lerwick.

Register your vessel

Brexit/Entering the UK

If you are arriving from outwith the UK, you must:


  • Call Border Force for clearance before you disembark the vessel:

+44 (0) 7721 466 119 (9am – 5pm)

+44 (0) 1667 460 054 (5pm – 10pm)

+44 (0) 7775 911 254 (10pm – 9am)

As the UK is no longer part of the EU single market, pleasure craft owners now need to report in line with the ‘Rest of World’ requirements.

From 1 January 2022, all pleasure craft arriving in and departing from the UK and the Isle of Man (including those arriving in and departing from EU countries) must report in accordance with the requirements published in Scottish Government's Notice 8: sailing your pleasure craft to and from the UK.

EU/EEA Travellers must contact the local Border Force Officer for the relevant arrival location to be granted permission to enter the UK (see poster below for contact details).

If Lerwick is your first point of entry in the UK, you must also complete Form C1331 which is provided in an excel template so that you can submit your data directly to the National Yachtline and the relevant regional Border Force command.

Bringing animals into the UK

You must use an approved route unless you’re travelling within the UK or from Ireland.

Lerwick Harbour is not an approved route for animals or pets to be brought into the UK.

Animals, birds or pets brought to the UK without a pet passport, an Animal Health Certificate issued in Great Britain or rabies Import Licence must always be kept in an enclosed part of the vessel below deck. You must not let them come into contact with any other animals. Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules - or you could be refused entry. If you bring a banned breed of dog into Great Britain it can be taken away from you by the police or local authorities and could be destroyed.

Please check the most up to date guidance for bringing your pet to the UK before travelling and note that different rules apply for bringing any other animals to the UK.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The latest guidance on travelling to and from Scotland from abroad can be found on the Scottish Government’s website under planning foreign travel and information on travel rules.

African Swine Fever (ASF) In Europe

Please be aware that The Scottish Government are advising new rules on personal import of pork/ pork products from the EEA states (including European Union (EU), the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Switzerland.