New visa regulations for Kaliningrad at the fifth SOUTH COAST BALTIC Boating Rally

The fifth SOUTH COAST BALTIC Boating Rally will start on 28 June 2020 at Gdańsk in Poland. After that, the Russian exclaves Kaliningrad and Klaipėda in Lithuania are the next defined layovers with the destination Nida. The city at the Curonian Lagoon is included in the official program for the first time. From here the participants sail the next leg back to Klaipėda, where the rally will end on July 7th. The regulations for entering the Kaliningrad region have been revised and simplified this year.

Once again, the flotilla trip will turn towards the east. In 2019 almost a hundred participants on 28 boats were on a western route from Bornholm along the Polish coast to Szczecin and via the Szczecin Lagoon to Western Pomerania.

As in previous years, the participants can expect a comprehensive service in 2020. The organization team of SOUTH COAST BALTIC will help with obtaining visas, reserving berths and assisting with the joint clearing in and out of the border port of Baltijsk. In addition, together with the experienced Adam Walczukiewicz, who will skipper the lead boat, information on navigation and weather forecasts will be provided every evening, as are the upcoming excursions ashore. As usual the last times, they will be organized by the regional partners on site and are intended to inspire the participants of the international flotilla for visiting the highlights of Gdańsk, Kaliningrad, Klaipėda and Nida.

Simply with the online visa to Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad has recently gained enormously attractiveness. Although border and customs clearance will remain at the port of Baltijsk, visa regulations to entry the Russian exclave have been considerably simplified since July 2019. The application for a visa can now made online free of charge at https://visa.kdmid.ru/.
The application can be made at the earliest 20 days and at the latest 4 days in advance. From the date of issue, the visa is valid for 30 days and permits a single entry into the Kaliningrad region and a stay of up to 8 days.  

Conditions of participation for the SOUTH COAST BALTIC Boating Rally 2020
The Boating Rally is open to boat owners on their own keel as well as charterers who want to start from Gdynia/Gdańsk, for example. As the marketing initiative SOUTH COAST BALTIC is organizing the rally without support from the European Union from this year on, participation fees will be charged for the first time. SCB asks for 200 EUR per boat and 280 EUR each person on board. Children receive a reduction. This includes berth fees, an attractive shore programme including food and drink as well as assistance in applying for a Russian visa and clearing in and out of the border port of Baltijsk. Since July 2019 the visa via internet for the  access to Kaliningrad is free of charge.

Sailors and motorboat drivers can now register for the SOUTH COAST BALTIC Boating Rally 2020. Forms can be downloaded from the website www.southcoastbaltic.eu.

Registration deadline is March 31st, 2020. As the number of participants is limited, the binding registration for the flotilla should be made as early as possible by e-mail to info@southcoastbaltic.eu. Direct contact is also possible at the SOUTH COAST BALTIC stand at boot 2020 in Düsseldorf, Hall 14, Stand E35.

About South Coast Baltic
SOUTH COAST BALTIC is a marketing initiative under the umbrella of 14 regional tourism associations and marina stakeholders from Germany (Vorpommern), Denmark (Bornholm), Poland (Zachodniopomorskie, Pomorskie), Lithuania (region Klaipėda) and Russia (Kaliningrad region). They have joined forces to market the unique water sports area of the Southern Baltic Sea coast more effectively. The marketing initiative is supported by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund - ERDF) within the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020.

Svaneke, Denmark (Bornholm) www.bornholm.info
Darłowo, Poland (West Pomerania): www.darlowo.pl/de
Kołobrzeg, Poland (West Pomerania): www.de.marinas.pl
Świnoujście, Poland (West Pomerania): www.meerderabenteuer.eu
Szczecin, Poland (West Pomerania): www.zegluga.szn.pl
Krummin, Germany (Western Pomerania): www.usedom.de / www.kaiserbaeder-auf-usedom.de
Greifswald, Germany (Western Pomerania): www.vorpommern.de
Kröslin, Germany (Western Pomerania): www.marinanetworkassociation.com

Martina Müller, PR for the marketing initiative SOUTH COAST BALTIC,
press@southcoastbaltic.eu T: +49 170 8322133,

Jens Masuch, Coordinator of the Marketing Initiative SOUTH COAST BALTIC,  info@southcoastbaltic.eu, T: +49 1624248658

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