All yachts approaching Table Bay must monitor VHF Channel 14.
If entering from a foreign port as the first port of call the Q flag must be flown.
On approaching the main breakwater yachts must call “Port Control” on VHF Ch 14 for permission to enter the port and to proceed to the Royal Cape Yacht Club Marina (via the Duncan Dock) or to the V&A Marina (via the Victoria and Alfred Basins).
To access the V&A Marina (via the Swing and Bascule bridges) additional permission to enter must be requested on VHF Channel 71 (Call “Swing Bridge”). The operating hours for this service are limited outside daylight hours.
All yachts leaving the port must first call “Port Control” and request permission to depart from their moorings at RCYC or the V&A Marina.
CLEARANCE PROCEDURES FOR ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN AS FIRST PORT OF CALL
INBOUND BEFORE ARRIVAL
All incoming international yachts entering Cape Town as a first port of call or South African yachts returning from a foreign port must register with OSASA at www.osasa.org.za in order to be cleared by Port Health and obtain a Free Pratique before arrival in Cape Town.
The Pratique and the Maritime Health Declaration form for each crew member (available on the OSASA website) complete with the crew list, last ports of call list and Yellow Fever vaccination status list (if applicable) needs to be submitted by email through OSASA to the Department of Health at email@example.com 72 hours prior to arrival in Cape Town.
If this is not possible the forms should be completed and sent from the last port of call.
ADDITIONAL ARRIVAL PROCEDURE DURING COVID-19
On arrival at the dock the captain must report to the RCYC office or the V&A Marina office.
The RCYC or V&A Marina offices will notify the Port Health office of your arrival.
Port Health will then send a representative to the yacht to screen the captain and crew. A current negative SARS CoV-2PCR test result must be produced as well as the completed Maritime Declaration of Health questionnaire.
If no current Covid-19 test results are available for some or all of the crew they may proceed ashore to the Covid-19 testing facility at the Cruise Terminal in Table Harbour. This facility is operated by the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and they offer PCR and Antigen tests.
If these tests are negative, the captain and crew (with passports) can then proceed with the NHLS test result to the Immigration Department which is located opposite the Cruise Terminal.
If any of the tests are positive Port Health must be notified. The individual(s) concerned will have to isolate for ten days on-board or go to a shore-side isolation facility at their own cost (facilitated by Port Health).
These procedures will remain in force until advised otherwise.
Port Health may not be available over weekends and the crew will then be confined on-board until after the weekend.
Contact Numbers for Port Health are 021 4211124 O/H or 072 7354594 A/H.
Before departure cruising yachts are required to visit the RCYC or V&A office to complete a VOYAGE (FLIGHT) PLAN as well as complete a PORTNET CLEARANCE FORM (supplied by the RCYC office).
The RCYC office will then issue three clearance certificates for Portnet, Immigration and Customs.
Once these clearance certificates have been issued proceed to the Portnet office followed by Immigration and Customs offices.
For further information on the Arrival and Departure procedures