We register Boats, Jet Skis and Water Scooters under the Belgium flag
( Available for all nationalities )
We register boats under the Belgium flag - Worldwide valid registration
YACHT REGISTRATION BELGIUM is a nautical service registering new, second hand and home build boats, jet skis and other vessels under the Belgium Flag registry. The Belgium flag registration is accessible to all EU citizens, there is no obligation of residence in Belgium. The Belgium flag has many advantages over many local flags because its simplicity, overall low cost, it is valid for 5 years and it is valid in all international waters around the world!
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 2-6 weeks.
IMPORTANT NEWS: The Belgium government wants to make it a lot harder for non-Belgium citizens to register under Belgium flag and will introduce changes later in the year. We therefore recommend clients who want to use this option, to register fast with us, as once you have the registration, it will still be valid for 5 years.
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. Many countries like France, Italy, Spain, Portugal have complicated legislations for boats but the Belgium flag is simple and straight forward. 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 2-6 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) Cancelation 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.
To Help You Decide On Where To Register You Boat
Here is the simple guide
The first thing to understand is that under which flag you sail has nothing to do with your nationality! All the registrations we offer are available to any nationality. In some cases we need to put the ownership of your vessel in a new dormant company (that you own) in order to comply with the rules but this is only an advantage, as these companies also offer you protection from liability and have several other advantages.
The Dutch registration is actually a document of ownership but in that capacity, is accepted in most European countries when arriving in a port and handing over your documents. The only country where the Dutch document occasionally gives problems is Portugal and therefore we recommend clients that visit Portugal to use one of our other registrations, which are actual flag registrations and accepted all around the world. The Dutch ICP document can be obtained in 3 days, so it is ideal if you just bought a boat in another country and need to bring it home to where you live within Europe.
The Belgium registration is an actual flag registration and is therefore accepted around the world with no issues at all. The nice thing about the Belgium registration is that it is valid for 5 years. There is a small, one-time tax to be paid if you register in Belgium and it depends on the age of the boat (see details on our site). IMPORTANT: The Belgium government wants to make it a lot harder for non-Belgium citizens to register under Belgium flag and will introduce changes later in the year. We therefor recommend clients who want to use this option to register fast with us, as once you have the registration, it will still be valid for 5 years.
The Delaware (USA) registration is very straight forward with minimal paperwork, no survey needed and can be obtained within 3 days. It is valid around the world and is highly recommended.
The Malta flag is also available for any nationality but is used more by boat owners with larger yachts or for commercial operations as the fees are a bit higher than most other jurisdictions.
The United Kingdom (UK) registration entitles you to fly the red ensign flag which is held in high regard within the maritime community. The paperwork is not that much and the flag is valid for 5 years and offers a very easy renewal process. The registration is similar in the UK for both private use as well as for commercial use and the fees are the same.
The Polish flag is probably our best value flag as the registration process is simple, with no surveys to be done and the best part is; you get the registration for life, so no more renewals! Since Poland is a full European Union member, this flag document is accepted anywhere in the world and comes in 4 languages. We take care of the whole process for you and translate all your current boat papers into Polish as part of our fee.