Access to EU ports



It shall be prohibited to provide access after 16 April 2022 to ports in the territory of the Union to any vessel registered under the flag of Russia.


The prohibition shall not apply in the case of a vessel in need of assistance seeking a place of refuge, of an emergency port call for reasons of maritime safety, or for saving life at sea.

By way of derogation (...), the competent authorities may authorise a vessel to access a port, under such conditions as they deem appropriate, after having determined that the access is necessary for:

  • the purchase, import or transport into the Union of natural gas and oil, including refined petroleum products, titanium, aluminium, copper, nickel, palladium and iron ore, as well as certain chemical and iron products as listed in Annex XXIV;

  • the purchase, import or transport of pharmaceutical, medical, agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilisers whose import, purchase and transport is allowed under this Regulation;

  • humanitarian purposes;

  • transport of nuclear fuel and other goods strictly necessary for the functioning of civil nuclear capabilities; or

  • the purchase, import or transport into the Union of coal and other solid fossil fuels, as listed in Annex XXII until 10 August 2022.

Note: Annex XXIV

CN code / Name of the good

2810 00 10 Diboron trioxide

2810 00 90 Oxides of boron; boric acids (excluding diboron trioxide)

2812 15 00 Sulphur monochloride

2814 10 00 Anhydrous ammonia

2825 20 00 Lithium oxide and hydroxide

2905 42 00 Pentaerythritol "pentaerythrite"

2909 19 90 Ethers, acyclic and halogen, sulfo, nitro and nitroso derivatives thereof (excluding diethyl ether and tert-butyl ethyl ether (ethyl tertiary butyl ether, etbe))

3006 92 00 Waste pharmaceuticals

3105 30 00 Diammonium hydrogenorthophosphate (excluding those in tablets or similar forms, or in packages with a gross weight of <= 10 kg)

3105 40 00 Ammonium dihydrogenorthophosphate and mixtures thereof with diammonium hydrogenorthophosphate

(excluding those in tablets or similar forms, or in packages with a gross weight of <= 10 kg).

3811 19 00 Anti-knock agents for petrol (excluding those based on lead compounds)

ex 7203 Direct reduced iron or other spongy iron

ex 7204 Ferrous scrap

Note: Annex XXII

CN Code / Name of the good

2701 Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal

2702 Lignite, whether or not agglomerated, excluding jet

2703 00 00 Peat (including peat litter), whether or not agglomerated

2704 00 Coke and semi-coke of coal, of lignite or of peat, whether or not agglomerated; retort carbon

2705 00 00 Coal gas, water gas, producer gas and similar gases, other than petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons

2706 00 00 Tar distilled from coal, from lignite or from peat, and other mineral tars, whether or not dehydrated or partially distilled, including reconstituted tars

2707 Oils and other products of the distillation of high temperature coal tar; similar products in which the weight of the aromatic constituents exceeds that of the non-aromatic constituents

2708 Pitch and pitch coke, obtained from coal tar or from other mineral tars

Licence modalities. Notification to authorities.

The Member State concerned shall inform the other Member States and the Commission of any authorisation granted under paragraph 5 within two weeks of the authorisation.

Vessels concerned

The probition shall apply to vessels that have changed their Russian flag or their registration, to the flag or register of any other State after 24 February 2022.

A vessel means:

  • a ship falling within the scope of the relevant international conventions;

  • a yacht, of 15 metres in length or more, which does not carry cargo and carrying no more than 12 passengers; or

  • recreational craft or personal watercraft as defined in Directive 2013/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Legal Source

Council Regulation (EU) 833/2014 of 31 July 2014 concerning certain restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine. Article 3ea, Annex XXIV, Annex XXII
The EU Regulation is directly applicable in all EU Member States.
The EU Regulation is based on EU Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP of 31 July 2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine. Article 5ha