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About the 32 Criteria

The award of a Blue Flag beach is based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the aspects of:

1) Environmental Education and Information
2) Water Quality
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services

All Blue Flags are only awarded for one season at a time.

If some of the imperative criteria are not fulfilled during the season or the conditions change, the Blue Flag will be withdrawn.


  • Information about the Blue Flag must be displayed

  • Environmental education activities must be offered and promoted to beach users

  • Information about bathing water quality must be displayed

  • Information relating to local eco-systems and environmental phenomena must be displayed

  • A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed

  • A code of conduct that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the beach and surrounding areas must be displayed


  • The beach must fully comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements

  • The beach must fully comply with the standards and requirements for water quality analysis

  • No industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach area

  • The beach must comply with the Blue Flag requirements for the microbiological parameter faecal coli bacteria (E.coli) and intestinal enterococci/streptococci

  • The beach must comply with the Blue Flag requirements for the following physical and chemical parameters


  • The local authority/beach operator should establish a beach management committee

  • The local authority/beach operator must comply with all regulations affecting the location and operation of the beach

  • The beach must be clean

  • Algae vegetation or natural debris should be left on the beach

  • Waste disposal bins/containers must be available at the beach in adequate numbers and they must be regularly maintained

  • Facilities for the separation of recyclable waste materials should be available at the beach

  • An adequate number of toilet or restroom facilities must be provided

  • The toilet or restroom facilities must be kept clean
    The toilet or restroom facilities must have controlled sewage disposal

  • On the beach there will be no unauthorised camping or driving and no dumping

  • Access to the beach by dogs and other domestic animals must be strictly controlled

  • All buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained

  • Coral reefs in the vicinity of the beach must be monitored

  • A sustainable means of transportation should be promoted in the beach area


  • An adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach

  • First aid equipment must be available on the beach

  • Emergency plans to cope with pollution risks must be in place

  • There must be management of different users and uses of the beach so as to prevent conflicts and accidents

  • There must be safety measures in place to protect users of the beach

  • A supply of drinking water should be available at the beach

  • At least one Blue Flag beach in each municipality must have access and facilities provided for the physically disabled