Croatia Clarified: May Day regulatory changes

April 28, 2017 8:53 am Published by

As the start of May ever nears, we talk to SOS Yachting Croatia who confirm the detail of upcoming regulatory changes affecting all charters in Croatian waters.

With effect from 1 May 2017, the following basic rules will apply:-

1. If a charter starts outside the EU, 13% VAT is due on charter fees for the number of days spent in Croatian waters.

2. If a charter starts in a non-EU member state and the contract was signed and fees paid before April 30, 2017, no VAT will be charged on the number of days spent in Croatian waters.

3. Restrictions on non-EU commercial yachts under 40mt chartering in Croatia have been suspended. All non-EU commercial yachts may charter if equipped with a valid charter license.

4. All non-EU commercial yachts must purchase a charter license even if the charter starts outside Croatia in another EU or non-EU country.

5. If demand is too high, Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs may provisionally suspend the issuance of charter licenses for up to 3 months.

6. Yachts flagged Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands do not need a charter license since the flags are now deemed to be EU.

7. Charter license can be purchased through a licensed ship agent and are valid for one calendar year. Information provided by SOS Yachting in Croatia Image credit: Croatia Yacht Club

Information provided by SOS Yachting in Croatia
Image credit: Croatia Yacht Club

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This post was written by Declan O'Sullivan