Applying for a sailing permit for sailing on the Rhine

If you sail a boat measuring 15-25 metres in length as a hobby, then you must have a limited sailing permit (Klein Vaarbewijs) in the Netherlands. In addition, you must take out third-party liability insurance if you wish to sail on the Rhine and north of Spijksche Veer (near Lobith).

Last updated on 21 April 2021

Eligibility for a sailing permit

To receive a sailing permit, you must meet a number of conditions, e.g. you must have passed the sailing permit exam (in Dutch). Please visit the website of the CBR to find out the other conditions for a sailing permit (in Dutch).

Applying for a sailing permit

Please contact the CBR to apply to sit the sailing permit exam (in Dutch).

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Regulations concerning the crews of vessels on the Rhine, Articles 6.02, 7.03 and 7.14

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