Tuesday, 09 May 2017 12:54

Croatia- changes to regulation for yacht charter activity

From the 1st May 2017, the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs have confirmed the following changes to regulation governing charter activity in Croatia;-

  •  Restrictions on non-EU commercial yachts under 40 metre chartered in Croatia have been suspended. All non-EU commercial yachts may charter if equipped with a valid charter licence
  • All non-EU commercial yachts must purchase a charter licence even if the charter starts outside Croatia in another EU or non-EU country
  • Yachts flagged Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands do not need a charter licence since the flags are now deemed to be EU
  • If demand is too high Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs may provisionally suspend the issuance of charter licences for up to 3 months
  • Charter license can be purchased through a licensed ship agent and are valid for one calendar year
  • Charters commencing outside of the EU will be subject to 13% VAT in Croatia on a pro-diem basis.

 Commenting on the changes, Managing Director Patricia Slavin said “ whilst the above changes were not unexpected, it is excellent to have the clarity the legislation changes bring to what is a very sought after location for yacht charters”