Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and care free. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your holiday itinerary in more detail. 

Before You Travel

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

It is important that you refer to our main COVID-19 page for Corfu to see detailed guidelines and information sources before you go on your sailing holiday.


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The Moorings  
Marina Gouvia 
PO Box 60 
49083 Tzavros
Corfu, Greece 
Tel: (+ 30) 26610 99132

We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.


Base Hours 
Monday to Friday: 9.00 am-5.00 pm 
Saturday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Sunday: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm 
Season: This charter destination is closed from early November to early April.

Base Facilities 
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including

  • laundry room
  • Hotels
  • Parking
  • Post office
  • Restaurants
  • Banks
  • Supermarket

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

Tourist Information Center
Tourist Information center, Corfu (GNTO) 
Platia Eleftheria, 49100 Corfu 
Tel: 30 26610 37638

The nearest telephone booth is 30m from the base. 

General Information
: 81,994 sq. mi 
Population: 10,737,428 
Capital city: Athens 
People: population: Greek, other (foreign citizens) 
Language: Greek (official), other (includes English and French) 
Religion: Greek Orthodox , Muslim, other 
Government: Parliamentary Republic 
Major industries: tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products,  mining, petroleum 
Tipping:  Tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc. is generally not expected in Greece, but if you round up the bill it will be appreciated. 
Currency: EURO 
Electricity: 230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard 

Festivals & Holidays 
New Year's Day 
The Epiphany 
Independence Day 
May Day 
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin 
Ochi Day 
Christmas Day 
2nd Christmas Day 
Moveable Public Holidays 
Good Friday 
Easter Monday 
Whit Monday

Internet Connectivity 
Connecting to the internet in Greece is not always possible. At the moment, Athens International Airport is offering Wi-Fi access but elsewhere, it's still hard to find. And when you do find Wi-Fi in Greece, it can be very expensive. There are a few internet cafes available in the larger cities.  

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How to Get There

Corfu Airport & Ferry

Corfu airport is located on the east side of the island 4 miles from the base. From the airport, the trip takes 15 minutes.

Daily domestic flights on Olympic Airways and international charter flights 
Aegean Airlines, Corfu 
Aegean Airlines, Athens 

Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Transfers from the airport to the base are not included. However, they can be arranged by special request.  
Please advise us of your requirements at least 3 weeks prior to the charter start date by completing the appropriate form.

Car Rentals
Hertz, Avis, and Europcar car rental companies have bases at the airport. A rental car can be collected upon arrival at the airport or at the base.

Central Booking Office-radio taxi - Tel: 30 2661 33811 
Recommended taxi in Gouvia - Tel: 695 330205 / 6944 331560

Bus Services 
The local bus covers the distance from Piraeus to the Airport. The bus is the E-96. The bus stop for the Marina Kalamaki is EDEM and is 300m away from the entrance. The bus ticket costs 3€ per pax.

Ferry Services 
From the port in Corfu to the base: distance 2.5 miles. 
Strintzis Lines 30 2661 025232 Minoan Lines 30 2661 025000 
Hellas Flying Dolphins: www.hellenicseaways.gr - timetables

Taxes / Departure Tax 
There is no departure tax for Corfu.

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charters start at 3:00 pm. 
Boat & Chart briefings are scheduled for 1:30 pm. All head charterers are required to attend the briefings. All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help and more. Please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter. 

Late Arrivals
The base personnel will wait for you until 9:00 pm. After 9:00 pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name.  The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be available the next day at 9:00 am.

Check Out Procedures
All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning. 

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What's on Board

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your holiday.

For all your other provisioning needs there is a small supermarket located at the base or a larger superstore a 5-10 minute walk from the marina.

Mobile phones 
The mobile network is well developed all over Greece. You can use your own mobile after checking with your supplier to find out if Greece is included in your contract. Mobile phones are NOT available to rent locally - we strongly suggest reviewing service options with your provider before travelling.


Certain yachts are equipped with power cords, a battery charger and 220V plugs, but unfortunately the marina piers don't often have electrical outlets. The piers in the marina are not equipped with 220 V.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Cruising Licenses
A formal sailing license is mandatory to charter here. Review the sailing and power requirements for Greece while planning your charter holiday.

The Greek Maritime Authorities have recently changed their sailing license requirements for 2022 and 2023 and have confirmed that they will no longer accept the RYA Day Skipper qualification for Yacht Chartering in Greek waters.

All RYA Day Skipper Qualification holders are able to convert their current qualification to the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) qualification. This can be done online through the RYA website or via a paper form which can be downloaded from the website and printed. If you are a RYA member, an ICC can be issued free of charge, please visit the website and complete the application form.

The conversion period may take several weeks, therefore please plan ahead to ensure you receive the ICC certificate in time. The skipper must bring a physical copy of their sailing qualification - a photocopy or picture on a phone will not be accepted by the marine authorities.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-greece/

The currency in Greece is the euro (EUR). Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travelers’ checks, euro checks.   Visa and Master Card are accepted, American Express may only be accepted at limited locations and most local tavernas accepting only cash.

Note: The base cannot accept cash or personal checks.

A 10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag is standard for bellhops.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
Greece is generally risk-free of contagious disease. You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory. Visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information.

Travel Advice    
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review  our   Travel Advice Information.  Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice .


Swim Safe 

For your safety and for environmental reasons,  the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

Protecting our Oceans
Sustainable practices help us protect our environment, sailing areas and surrounding communities. The Moorings actively implements eco-friendly initiatives to reduce our footprint across all our bases.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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