Yacht Registration Under The Belgium Flag
Worldwide Boat And Yacht Registration Under The Belgian Flag
Belgium is one of the most widely chosen jurisdictions for ship registration. There are several important reasons for EU members to register their boat under the Belgian flag: rules and regulations are less strict than other EU countries, the costs are much lower, it is valid for 5 years and it is valid around the world. Most of our customers are clients from Spain, France, Italy etc.. . These countries are more expensive and complex for registering boats, therefore many of our clients choose the Belgian flag at a much lower cost, with minimal requirements, few restrictions and it can be ready in 2-4 weeks.
What Are The Advantages Of Sailing Under The Belgian Flag?
On board of a boat, the law of the Flag applies, in this case, the Belgium law/legislation. Some of its advantages are:
There is no limit on navigation distances, the limit is the design category of your boat (A, B, C or D)
Limited security equipment
There are no yearly taxes or expenses, except for a one time tax when registering the boat.
Insurance, most insurance companies accept the Belgium flag, so you can still use your favourite insurance
You can choose any European homeport for your vessel
No need to be a resident in Belgium
Register in 2-4 weeks
Renewal is every 5 years
What Documents Are Needed To Register Under The Belgium Flag?
1) Proof / Certificate of nationality and residency
2) Copy of your passport or national identity card
3) Copy of proof of ownership of your boat (Invoice, bill of sale, notary act…)
4) Cancellation of your previous flag (if applicable)
5) A copy of the EC declaration of conformity for boats built after 1998 and for the engines built after 2006
a) A picture of the side of the boat, or jetski,
b) A picture of the HIN number, or hull number
c) A picture of the CE plate of the boat
d) A picture of the serial number of the engine(s) if applicable
7) Online form correctly filled in
For Imported boats: Copy of the EC declaration of conformity Proof / Certificate of payment of the EU VAT
For home build boats: Invoices of the main elements of the boat, like hull, mast, engine,.. An insurance report Declaration/statement in French/Dutch that you are the builder, stating the model of boat, construction time with start and end date, address of the location of construction and a drawing reference.