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Traffic in transboundary water bodies

In Estonia the transboundary water bodies are the Narva river, the Narva Water Reservoir, the lake Peipsi, Pihkva and Lämmijärv.

Before  you will go to the transboundary water body:

•    be sure if you know where the state border (temporary border line) is running

Floating vessel has the right to approach the state border in the lake Peipsi up to 200 meters and in the Narva Water Reservoir, in the lake Pihkva and Lämmijärv up to 50 meters. Fishing and staying at the ice are allowed in the Narva Bay and the lake Peipsi  up to 200 meters from the south-east  state border.

Moving at sea

Before you go out to the sea:

•    Check the technical conditions of  floating vessel and navigation equipment

•    Check the weather forecast

•    Wear life-jackets


It is obligatory to wear life-jackets if you go to  sea or transboundary water body. There is a difference between life-jacket and buoyancy jacket. The buoyancy jacket is not a rescue jacket. This jacket is designed for a short time stay in water with the precondition the person can  quickly manage back to vessel or to the bank. It is impossible to stay with buoyancy jacket in the water for a long time.

Navigation in foreign waters

Within the Schengen visa zone, people can arrive and leave the state via any ports.

NB! It is necessary to carry always the identification document along you because the authorities of Schengen member states have the right to conduct the document check procedure!

According to the main principle  of the border checks  within the Schengen visa zone, the documents of people staying at the small crafts arriving to and leaving from the member states ports, are not necessary to be checked. The small crafts are not obliged to notify the border guard point  on arriving from other Schengen member state and they can enter the ports where  the border guard point is missing. This means, the small crafts may run any shore  they like within the Schengen visa zone. More over, the member states can conduct the personal checks and /or small crafts physical examination  if there is the   coastline of  the third country   in vicinity. Therefore, it is recommendable to carry both ID  and the documents relevant to water vessel along.

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