Courtesy Flags

FLAGCOUNTRYZONESPARENTAGE / INFORMATIONPRICEADD TO CART
Aland IslandsBaltic SeaFinland / Gulf of Bothnia£ 13.33
AlbaniaMediterranean / Adriatic Sea£ 8.33
AlderneyEnglish ChannelBritish Crown Dependency / Channel Islands£ 10.00
AlgeriaMediterranean£ 8.33
AnguillaCaribbean / North AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 10.00
AntiguaCaribbean / North Atlantic / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 10.00
ArgentinaSouth Atlantic£ 11.67
ArubaCaribbeanNetherlands / Leeward, Lesser Antilles£ 10.00
Ascension IslandSouth AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory / part of Saint Helena£ 18.33
Austral IslandsSouth PacificFrance / part of French Polynesia£ 18.33
AustraliaSouth Pacific / South Atlantic / Coral Sea, Tasman Sea, Oceania£ 10.00
AustriaEurope / Lake Constance£ 5.83
AzoresNorth AtlanticPortugal / Mid North Atlantic£ 13.33
Bahamas alternativeCaribbean / North AtlanticIndependent Commonwealth Realm /£ 13.33
BahamasCaribbean / North AtlanticIndependent Commonwealth Realm /£ 8.33
BahrainIndian Ocean / Persian Gulf£ 10.42
BalearicsMediterraneanSpain / Balearic Sea£ 15.00
BangladeshIndian Ocean / Bay of Bengal£ 9.58
BarbadosCaribbean / North AtlanticIndependent Commonwealth Realm / Windward Islands£ 8.33
BasqueNorth AtlanticSpain / Bay of Biscay£ 10.42
BelgiumEnglish Channel / North Sea£ 5.83
BelizeCaribbean / Central America£ 12.50
BequiaCaribbean / North AtlanticSt Vincent and the Grenadines / Windward Islands£ 18.33
BermudaNorth AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory /£ 12.50
BonaireCaribbeanNetherlands / Leeward, Lesser Antilles£ 12.50
BosniaMediterranean / Adriatic Sea£ 10.00
BrazilSouth Atlantic£ 10.00
BretonEnglish ChannelFrance /£ 5.83
British Indian Ocean TerritoryIndian OceanBritish Overseas Territory / comprises the Chagos Archipelago£ 18.33
British Virgin IslandsCaribbean / North Atlantic / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 11.67
BruneiSouth East Asia / South China Sea£ 18.33
BulgariaBlack Sea£ 5.83
CambodiaSouth East Asia / Gulf of Thailand£ 18.33
CanadaNorth Atlantic / North Pacific£ 8.33
Canary IslandsNorth AtlanticSpain /£ 7.50
Cape VerdeNorth AtlanticPortugal /£ 10.00
CataloniaMediterraneanSpain / Balearic Sea£ 9.17
Cayman IslandsCaribbeanBritish Overseas Territory / Greater Antilles£ 12.50
ChileSouth Pacific£ 8.33
ChinaSouth East Asia / North Pacific / China Sea£ 8.33
Christmas IslandIndian OceanAustralia /£ 18.33
Cocos KeelingIndian OceanAustralia /£ 13.33
ColumbiaCaribbean / North Pacific£ 5.83
ComorosIndian Ocean£ 18.33
Cook IslandsSouth PacificNew Zealand / Polynesia£ 10.00
CornwallEnglish Channel / North AtlanticUnited Kingdom /£ 8.33
CorsicaMediterraneanFrance /£ 8.33
Costa RicaCaribbean / North Pacific£ 12.50
CroatiaMediterranean / Adriatic Sea£ 8.33
CubaCaribbean / North Atlantic / Greater Antilles£ 8.33
CuracaoCaribbeanNetherlands / Leeward, Lesser Antilles£ 10.00
CyprusMediterranean£ 8.33
DenmarkNorth Sea / Baltic Sea£ 5.83
DevonEnglish ChannelUnited Kingdom / Bristol Channel£ 9.58
DjiboutiIndian Ocean£ 10.42
DominicaCaribbean / North Atlantic / Windward Islands£ 12.50
Dominican RepublicCaribbean / North Atlantic / Greater Antilles£ 12.50
DorsetEnglish ChannelUnited Kingdom /£ 9.17
East TimorIndian Ocean / Timor Sea£ 18.33
Easter IslandSouth PacificChile / Polynesia£ 18.33
EcuadorSouth Pacific / North Pacific£ 13.33
EgyptMediterranean£ 8.75
El SalvadorNorth Pacific£ 13.33
EritreaIndian Ocean / Red Sea£ 18.33
EstoniaBaltic Sea£ 5.83
Falkland IslandsSouth AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory /£ 18.33
Faroe IslandsNorth AtlanticDenmark / Norwegian Sea£ 9.17
FijiSouth Pacific / Melanesia£ 11.25
FinlandBaltic Sea / Gulf of Bothnia£ 5.83
FranceEnglish Channel / North Atlantic / Bay of Biscay£ 5.83
French GuianaNorth AtlanticFrance /£ 13.33
French PolynesiaSouth PacificFrance / Polynesia£ 12.50
GalapagosSouth PacificEcuador /£ 6.67
Gambier IslandsSouth PacificFrance / part of French Polynesia£ 18.33
GeorgiaBlack Sea£ 10.00
GermanyNorth Sea / Baltic Sea£ 5.83
GibraltarMediterranean / North AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory / Alboran Sea£ 10.00
GreeceMediterranean / Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea£ 5.83
GreenlandNorth AtlanticDenmark /£ 10.00
GrenadaCaribbean / North Atlantic / Windward Islands£ 10.00
GuadeloupeCaribbean / North AtlanticFrance / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 12.50
GuamNorth PacificUSA / Mariana Islands, Micronesia£ 13.33
GuatemalaNorth Pacific / Caribbean£ 12.50
Guernsey red ensignEnglish ChannelBritish Crown Dependency / Channel Islands£ 13.33
GuernseyEnglish ChannelBritish Crown Dependency / Channel Islands£ 10.00
GuyanaNorth Atlantic£ 13.33
HaitiCaribbean / North Atlantic / Greater Antilles£ 5.83
HawaiiNorth PacificUSA / Polynesia£ 18.33
HondurasNorth Pacific / Caribbean / Central America£ 10.00
Hong KongNorth PacificChina / China Sea£ 8.33
IcelandNorth Atlantic / Norwegian Sea£ 8.33
IndiaIndian Ocean£ 10.42
IndonesiaSouth East Asia / Banda Sea£ 5.83
IrelandNorth Atlantic / Irish Sea£ 5.83
Isle of ManNorth AtlanticBritish Crown Dependency / Irish Sea£ 10.00
Isles of ScillyEnglish Channel / North AtlanticUnited Kingdom /£ 13.33
IsraelMediterranean£ 10.42
ItalyMediterranean / Adriatic, Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea£ 5.83
JamaicaCaribbean / Greater Antilles£ 8.33
JapanNorth Pacific / East China Sea, Sea of Japan£ 8.33
Jersey red ensignEnglish ChannelBritish Crown Dependency / Channel Islands£ 13.33
JerseyEnglish ChannelBritish Crown Dependency / Channel Islands£ 10.00
KenyaIndian Ocean£ 13.33
KiribatiNorth Pacific / South Pacific / Micronesia£ 13.33
KuwaitIndian Ocean / Persian Gulf£ 10.42
LatviaBaltic Sea£ 7.50
LebanonMediterranean£ 10.42
LithuaniaBaltic Sea£ 6.67
LuxembourgEurope£ 5.83
MadagascarIndian Ocean£ 6.67
MadeiraNorth AtlanticPortugal /£ 10.00
MalaysiaSouth East Asia / Indian Ocean / Malaccan Strait£ 12.50
MaldivesIndian Ocean£ 11.67
MaltaMediterranean£ 8.75
Marquesas IslandsSouth PacificFrance / part of French Polynesia£ 13.33
Marshall IslandsNorth PacificUSA / Micronesia£ 13.33
MartiniqueCaribbean / North AtlanticFrance /£ 10.00
MauritiusIndian Ocean£ 8.33
MayotteIndian OceanFrance /£ 18.33
MexicoNorth Pacific / Gulf of Mexico£ 13.33
MicronesiaNorth Pacific / South Pacific / Micronesia£ 10.42
MonacoMediterranean£ 5.83
MontenegroMediterranean / Adriatic Sea£ 10.00
MontserratCaribbean / North AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 12.50
MoroccoNorth Atlantic / Mediterranean£ 8.33
MozambiqueIndian Ocean£ 18.33
MyanmarIndian Ocean£ 10.83
NamibiaSouth Atlantic£ 18.33
NauruSouth Pacific / Micronesia£ 18.33
Netherlands AntillesCaribbean / North AtlanticNetherlands / Leeward Islands, Leeward Antilles£ 10.42
NetherlandsNorth Sea£ 5.83
New CaledoniaSouth PacificFrance / Coral Sea, Melanesia£ 18.33
New ZealandSouth Pacific / Tasman Sea£ 10.00
NicaraguaNorth Pacific / Caribbean£ 13.33
NiueSouth PacificNew Zealand / Polynesia£ 18.33
Norfolk IslandSouth PacificAustralia / Coral, Tasman Sea, Polynesia£ 10.83
NormandyEnglish ChannelFrance /£ 10.00
Northern IrelandNorth AtlanticUnited Kingdom / Irish Sea£ 18.33
Northern Mariana IslandsNorth PacificUSA / Micronesia£ 18.33
NorwayNorth Sea / Norwegian Sea£ 5.83
OmanIndian Ocean / Gulf of Oman£ 10.42
OrkneyNorth SeaUnited Kingdom /£ 12.50
PakistanIndian Ocean£ 10.42
PalauNorth Pacific / Micronesia£ 10.83
PanamaNorth Pacific / Caribbean / Central America£ 10.00
Papua New GuineaSouth Pacific / Bismarck, Solomon Sea, Oceania£ 12.50
PeruSouth Pacific£ 13.33
PhilippinesNorth Pacific / Philippine, Sulu, Celebes, South China Sea£ 10.42
Pitcairn IslandSouth PacificBritish Overseas Territory / Polynesia£ 18.33
PolandBaltic Sea£ 5.83
PortugalNorth Atlantic£ 9.58
Puerto RicoCaribbean / North AtlanticUSA / Greater Antilles£ 10.00
QatarIndian Ocean / Persian Gulf£ 10.42
RomaniaBlack Sea£ 5.83
RussiaNorth Pacific / Black Sea, Arctic Ocean£ 6.67
SabaCaribbean / North AtlanticNetherlands / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 18.33
Saint AndrewNorth Atlantic / North SeaUnited Kingdom / Scotland£ 6.67
Saint BarthelemyCaribbean / North AtlanticFrance / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 18.33
Saint GeorgeEnglish Channel / North SeaUnited Kingdom / England£ 6.67
Saint HelenaSouth AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory / includes Ascension island£ 18.33
Saint Kitts-NevisCaribbean / North AtlanticCommonwealth Realm / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 10.00
Saint LuciaCaribbean / North Atlantic / Windward Islands£ 8.33
Saint MartinCaribbean / North AtlanticFrance / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 10.00
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesCaribbean / North Atlantic / Windward Islands£ 8.33
SamoaSouth Pacific / Polynesia£ 10.42
Sao Tome and PrincipeSouth Atlantic / North Atlantic£ 13.33
SarkEnglish ChannelBritish Crown Dependency / Channel Islands£ 18.33
Saudi ArabiaIndian Ocean / Red Sea, Persian Gulf£ 10.83
Scottish LionNorth Atlantic / North SeaUnited Kingdom / Scotland£ 10.42
SenegalNorth Atlantic / West Africa£ 8.33
SeychellesIndian Ocean£ 13.33
SingaporeSouth East Asia / Singapore Strait£ 10.00
Sint EustatiusCaribbean / North AtlanticNetherlands / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 18.33
Sint MaartenCaribbean / North AtlanticNetherlands / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 12.50
SloveniaMediterranean / Adriatic Sea£ 10.00
Society IslandsSouth PacificFrance / part of French Polynesia£ 18.33
Solomon IslandsSouth Pacific / Melanesia£ 18.33
SomaliaIndian Ocean / Gulf of Aden£ 9.58
South AfricaSouth Atlantic / Indian Ocean£ 10.00
South KoreaNorth Pacific / Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea£ 10.83
Spain without crestNorth Atlantic / Mediterranean / Bay of Biscay£ 5.83
Sri LankaIndian Ocean£ 13.33
SudanIndian Ocean / Red Sea£ 10.83
SurinameNorth Atlantic£ 10.00
SwedenBaltic Sea / Gulf of Bothnia£ 5.83
SwitzerlandEurope / Lake Geneva£ 7.50
TaiwanNorth Pacific£ 10.42
TanzaniaIndian Ocean£ 13.33
ThailandSouth East Asia / Gulf of Thailand£ 7.92
TokelauSouth Pacific / Polynesia£ 18.33
TongaSouth Pacific / Polynesia£ 8.75
Trinidad and TobagoCaribbean / North Atlantic£ 8.75
Tuamotu ArchipelagoSouth PacificFrance / part of French Polynesia£ 18.33
TunisiaMediterranean£ 8.33
TurkeyMediterranean / Black Sea£ 5.83
Turks and Caicos IslandsCaribbean / North AtlanticBritish Overseas Territory /£ 12.50
TuvaluSouth PacificBritish Commonwealth / Polynesia£ 12.50
UkraineBlack Sea£ 5.83
United Arab EmiratesIndian Ocean / Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman£ 8.33
United KingdomEnglish Channel / North Sea£ 5.83
UruguaySouth Atlantic£ 13.33
US SamoaSouth PacificUSA / Polynesia£ 13.33
US Virgin IslandsCaribbean / North AtlanticUSA / Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles£ 13.33
USANorth Atlantic / North Pacific£ 12.50
VanuatuSouth Pacific / Melanesia£ 10.83
VenezuelaCaribbean / North Atlantic£ 9.17
Vietnam (South)South East AsiaVietnam / South China Sea£ 18.33
VietnamSouth East Asia / South China Sea£ 9.17
Wallis and FutunaSouth Pacific / Polynesia£ 18.33
Welsh DragonNorth AtlanticUnited Kingdom / Wales, Irish Sea£ 10.00
YemenIndian Ocean / Red Sea£ 5.83
Isle of WightEnglish ChannelUnited Kingdom /£ 18.33
ShetlandNorth SeaUnited Kingdom /£ 10.00
Spain with crownNorth Atlantic / Mediterranean / Bay of Biscay£ 10.00

Courtesy Flags

Jimmy Green Half Yard Courtesy Flags

Manufactured in Italy from top quality woven 100% polyester bunting

Screen printed patterns and motifs

N.B. not the shiny cheap fabric

£ 5.83

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Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are manufactured to the highest standard in our supply partner factory in Italy. The strict quality controls in place ensure that each flag is well crafted, neatly stitched, UV-Fade and Wind-Fray Resilient.
All Courtesy Flags are manufactured from very strong and durable 145 gram per m2 (+/- 5%) top quality 100% polyester, special knit, woven bunting to measure 45cm x 30cm (Half Yard) with colourfast screenprint patterns and motifs.

Jimmy Green Courtesy Flag Plus Factors:

  • Half yard size (traditional diagonal measurement) is nominal and may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process.
  • Screen printed on one piece of flag fabric
  • Excellent definition/detail on motifs, crests and emblems
  • Top quality UV resistant 100% polyester woven bunting
  • Colourfast and fade resistant
  • Hoist reinforced with special flag webbing tape
  • Braided line sewn into the integral hoist tape creating a loop at the top and a tail at the bottom as per the photos
  • Finished with twin stitched hems (outside edges)

Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are not made from the shiny, cheaper nylon fabric, nor are they the smaller 20cm x 30cm size.

Jimmy Green stock over 210 different Courtesy Flags and we will add more if there is any demand.

All Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are available individually:
You can filter the flags by Ocean/Location.
Some Flags may appear in more than one zone e.g. Spain = North Atlantic and Mediterranean.
There is also additional local geographical information to help your search.
The Parent Country is also listed where appropriate so that you can identify whether you need a specific island flag or not:

e.g. The Netherlands or Netherlands Antilles Courtesy Flag may cover Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Bonaire, Curacao
However, the feel good factor when you make make landfall and sail into your chosen anchorage flying the correct local courtesy flag will more than make up for the extra price of the individual flags :-)

Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are also available in Bundles by Voyage Plan, Ocean Passage or Location Courtesy Flag Sets

Any feedback on local reaction to our courtesy flags is welcomed - we will happily do some more research, update our information and even our flags if required.

Where there are different options on courtesy flags we list them separately and any first hand feedback is always welcome e.g. British Virgin Islands is normally red and that is what is listed but they are generally welcomed on British Virgin Islands in blue and we have some blue if you would like one.

Spain is available as the simple red/yellow/red horizontal striped courtesy (less expensive) or with the option of the correct Yacht Ensign Crest.

N.B. Foreign Yachts should fly the red ensign as a courtesy flag when visiting the UK (not a Union Jack) and may also fly the red ensign for some associated British islands, dominions and territories without causing offence.

Courtesy Flag Etiquette

As a gesture of courtesy, yachts should fly a foreign nation's flag when they enter and operate in its waters.

There are no universal rules governing courtesy flag etiquette.

Officials interpret the rules differently from country to country, region to region, island to island or even port to port.

Failing to fly a courtesy flag or flying a courtesy flag improperly may only be considered impolite in some places but in others where it is enforced by local law, officials go as far as impounding passports or imposing fines until the proper flag (which may only be available to purchase locally at great expense) is flying on board.

Flying an undersized, faded or tatty courtesy flag may be considered worse than having no courtesy flag at all in some places.

If you are in any doubt, the best thing to do is observe other yachts from your country and even ask them for guidance.

N.B. Simultaneously flying all the courtesy flags of the different countries/islands that you intend to visit on your cruise should definitely be avoided because your intentions could easily be misinterpreted and cause offence.

Traditionally and logically, you should not fly a courtesy flag until your vessel is properly cleared by customs and immigration.
Until clearance is complete, you should only fly the yellow Q (quarantine) flag.
This is because you have not officially entered the new country until you are cleared through customs.
However, it is common practice, and generally speaking, courteously accepted in many countries, to hoist the courtesy flag above the Q flag in anticipation of clearing customs and immigration.

On a mast with spreaders, the courtesy flag (or Q) should be flown at the starboard spreader.

If the yacht has more than one mast, the courtesy flag should be flown from the starboard spreader of the forward mast.

On a yacht without any mast, the courtesy flag (or Q) should be flown at the bow.

N.B. Only ever your own ensign or national flag should be flown from the stern of a yacht.

The True Spirit of Courtesy Flags

In recent years yacht owners have been a little more adventurous in their approach to courtesy flag etiquette especially in relation to individual countries, Crown Dependencies and other islands within the United Kingdom including regional and even county flags.

It may actually be considered polite or even proper to fly the appropriate regional or island courtesy flag e.g. in the Channel Isles there are individual courtesy flags for each island.

There is nothing wrong with endearing yourself to the local sailors, fishermen and officials.
It is entering into the spirit of the 'courtesy' tradition.
Some locals may be particular whether it is the correct maritime ensign or the land flag but in general it is the effort that you make to be courteous which is important and therefore appreciated.

This courteous local approach is welcomed when extended bluewater cruising e.g. in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Atlantic where French, British, Dutch, Portugese and Spanish islands have their own local flag.

If you are flying the local flag as a matter of courtesy then you will be entering into the true spirit of courtesy flag etiquette and doing the 'right thing'.

If you are on a strict flag-budget and are not interested in MAKING YOUR OWN FLAGS, then the parent island flag will generally pass muster:

Some Examples of Islands with National 'Parent' Flags 
The French Courtesy Flag may cover e.g. Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Society Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Nouméa - N.B. this list is not exhaustive.
The Chile Courtesy Flag may cover Easter Island.


Local Courtesy Flag Ranking

If the region or island flag is in ‘foreign waters' then it should be flown below the National Courtesy flag e.g. Brittany under France.

There may be some local exceptions to this rule e.g. Azores flag over Portugal flag, Galapagos over Ecuador.
We advise you to seek advice or have a good look around the marina or anchorage at how other visiting yachts are displaying their flags

Courtesy Flags, Club and Individual Flags flown for Fun

If you and your crew want to fly your regional or county flag or even your cruising club flag e.g. Cornwall, Devon, the ARC World Cruising Club then it is probably best to hoist these on the port spreader to avoid any confusion with your courtesy flag(s).

This is becoming much more prevalent, especially on rallies.

Flags should should always be displayed from the correct spreader, tastefully and in good spirit, to ensure that no offence is caused.

Explore all the Courtesy Flags available on our Courtesy Flags world map

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