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Yachting in Dubai

Building on a rich maritime heritage, Dubai has a picturesque coastline and luxury marinas, perfect for your next yachting adventure. Find out all you need to know about being here on a yacht.

Sailing permits
Process overview

Before vessel entry

  • Submit required documents to Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA).
  • Agent submits crew and passengers list on the API system (Advanced Passenger Information).
  • DMCA issues a temporary sailing permit until procedure completion.
  • DMCA coordinates with Dubai Customs for vessel inspection or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, if a VIP service is requested. Else, the agent visits GDRFA directly.
  • After compliance with all requirements and paying permit fees, DMCA issues a sailing permit.
Get started – fill out the form below and send to: sail@pcfc.ae
Download application form

After vessel entry

  • Submit required documents to Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA).
  • DMCA coordinates with Dubai Customs for vessel inspection or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, if a VIP service is requested. Else, the agent visits GDRFA directly.
  • After compliance with all requirements and paying permit fees, DMCA issues a sailing permit.
Get started – fill out the form below and send to: sail@pcfc.ae
Download application form

Vessel entry by cargo

  • Submit required documents to Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA).
  • DMCA issues a temporary entry permit and Letter of Undertaking until completion of procedures
  • Vessel enters the berth.
  • The agent completes the following: 
    ○  Requests exit permit (to manage maritime mooring operations in the authority)
    ○  Visits the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai
    ○  Submits exit permit to Dubai Customs system and provides DMCA with proof of submission
  • After compliance with all requirements and paying permit fees, DMCA issues a sailing permit.
Get started – fill out the form below and send to: sail@pcfc.ae
Download application form
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