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Maritime claims / territorial sea

This page shows the value of the Maritime claims / territorial sea information field for all countries in the Country Guide.

Notes on this field are available at the Information Field Notes page.

Albania

12 nm

Algeria

12 nm

American Samoa

12 nm

Angola

12 nm

Anguilla

3 nm

Antigua and Barbuda

12 nm

Argentina

12 nm

Aruba

12 nm

Ashmore and Cartier Islands

3 nm

Australia

12 nm

Bahamas, The

12 nm

Bahrain

12 nm

Baker Island

12 nm

Bangladesh

12 nm

Barbados

12 nm

Bassas da India

12 nm

Belgium

12 nm

Belize

12 nm in the north, 3 nm in the south; note - from the mouth of the Sarstoon River to Ranguana Cay, Belize's territorial sea is 3 nm; according to Belize's Maritime Areas Act, 1992, the purpose of this limitation is to provide a framework for the negotiation of a definitive agreement on territorial differences with Guatemala

Benin

200 nm

Bermuda

12 nm

Bouvet Island

4 nm

Brazil

12 nm

British Indian Ocean Territory

3 nm

British Virgin Islands

3 nm

Brunei

12 nm

Bulgaria

12 nm

Cambodia

12 nm

Cameroon

50 nm

Canada

12 nm

Cape Verde

12 nm

Cayman Islands

12 nm

Chile

12 nm

China

12 nm

Christmas Island

3 nm

Clipperton Island

12 nm

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

3 nm

Colombia

12 nm

Comoros

12 nm

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

12 nm

Congo, Republic of the

200 nm

Cook Islands

12 nm

Coral Sea Islands

3 nm

Costa Rica

12 nm

Cote d'Ivoire

12 nm

Croatia

12 nm

Cuba

12 nm

Cyprus

12 nm

Denmark

12 nm

Djibouti

12 nm

Dominica

12 nm

Dominican Republic

6 nm

Ecuador

200 nm

Egypt

12 nm

El Salvador

200 nm

Equatorial Guinea

12 nm

Estonia

12 nm

Europa Island

12 nm

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

12 nm

Faroe Islands

3 nm

Fiji

12 nm

Finland

12 nm (in the Gulf of Finland - 3 nm)

France

12 nm

French Guiana

12 nm

French Polynesia

12 nm

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

12 nm

Gabon

12 nm

Gambia, The

12 nm

Germany

12 nm

Ghana

12 nm

Gibraltar

3 nm

Glorioso Islands

12 nm

Greece

6 nm

Greenland

3 nm

Grenada

12 nm

Guadeloupe

12 nm

Guam

12 nm

Guatemala

12 nm

Guernsey

3 nm

Guinea

12 nm

Guinea-Bissau

12 nm

Guyana

12 nm

Haiti

12 nm

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

3 nm

Honduras

12 nm

Hong Kong

3 nm

Howland Island

12 nm

Iceland

12 nm

India

12 nm

Indonesia

12 nm

Iran

12 nm

Iraq

12 nm

Ireland

12 nm

Israel

12 nm

Italy

12 nm

Jamaica

12 nm

Jan Mayen

4 nm

Japan

12 nm; between 3 nm and 12 nm in the international straits - La Perouse or Soya, Tsugaru, Osumi, and Eastern and Western Channels of the Korea or Tsushima Strait

Jarvis Island

12 nm

Jersey

3 nm

Johnston Atoll

12 nm

Jordan

3 nm

Juan de Nova Island

12 nm

Kenya

12 nm

Kingman Reef

12 nm

Kiribati

12 nm

Korea, North

12 nm

Korea, South

12 nm; between 3 nm and 12 nm in the Korea Strait

Kuwait

12 nm

Latvia

12 nm

Lebanon

12 nm

Liberia

200 nm

Libya

12 nm (Note: Gulf of Sidra closing line - 32 degrees 30 minutes north)

Lithuania

12 nm

Madagascar

12 nm

Malaysia

12 nm

Maldives

12 nm

Malta

12 nm

Man, Isle of

12 nm

Marshall Islands

12 nm

Martinique

12 nm

Mauritania

12 nm

Mauritius

12 nm

Mayotte

12 nm

Mexico

12 nm

Micronesia, Federated States of

12 nm

Midway Islands

12 nm

Monaco

12 nm

Montserrat

3 nm

Morocco

12 nm

Mozambique

12 nm

Myanmar

12 nm

Namibia

12 nm

Nauru

12 nm

Navassa Island

12 nm

Netherlands

12 nm

Netherlands Antilles

12 nm

New Caledonia

12 nm

New Zealand

12 nm

Nicaragua

200 nm

Nigeria

12 nm

Niue

12 nm

Norfolk Island

3 nm

Northern Mariana Islands

12 nm

Norway

4 nm

Oman

12 nm

Pakistan

12 nm

Palau

3 nm

Palmyra Atoll

12 nm

Panama

12 nm

Papua New Guinea

12 nm

Peru

200 nm

Philippines

irregular polygon extending up to 100 nm from coastline as defined by 1898 treaty; since late 1970s has also claimed polygonal-shaped area in South China Sea up to 285 nm in breadth

Pitcairn Islands

3 nm

Poland

12 nm

Portugal

12 nm

Puerto Rico

12 nm

Qatar

12 nm

Reunion

12 nm

Romania

12 nm

Russia

12 nm

Saint Helena

12 nm

Saint Kitts and Nevis

12 nm

Saint Lucia

12 nm

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

12 nm

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

12 nm

Samoa

12 nm

Sao Tome and Principe

12 nm

Saudi Arabia

12 nm

Senegal

12 nm

Seychelles

12 nm

Sierra Leone

200 nm

Singapore

3 nm

Solomon Islands

12 nm

Somalia

200 nm

South Africa

12 nm

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

12 nm

Spain

12 nm

Sri Lanka

12 nm

Sudan

12 nm

Suriname

12 nm

Svalbard

4 nm

Sweden

12 nm (adjustments made to return a portion of straits to high seas)

Syria

35 nm

Taiwan

12 nm

Tanzania

12 nm

Thailand

12 nm

Togo

30 nm

Tokelau

12 nm

Tonga

12 nm

Trinidad and Tobago

12 nm

Tromelin Island

12 nm

Tunisia

12 nm

Turkey

6 nm in the Aegean Sea; 12 nm in Black Sea and in Mediterranean Sea

Turks and Caicos Islands

12 nm

Tuvalu

12 nm

Ukraine

12 nm

United Arab Emirates

12 nm

United Kingdom

12 nm

United States

12 nm

Uruguay

200 nm; overflight and navigation guaranteed beyond 12 nm

Vanuatu

12 nm

Venezuela

12 nm

Vietnam

12 nm

Virgin Islands

12 nm

Wake Island

12 nm

Wallis and Futuna

12 nm

World

12 nm claimed by most, but can vary (Note: boundary situations with neighboring states prevent many countries from extending their fishing or economic zones to a full 200 nm; 43 nations and other areas that are landlocked include Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Holy See (Vatican City), Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Paraguay, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, West Bank, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

Yemen

12 nm
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