New changes in Belgium Flag Registrations in effect from September , 2019
The Belgium government has decided to make changes in the procedure of Belgium Flag registration that are effective from September 1, 2019. The main change is that from this date you can only register a vessel under Belgium flag if you are a citizen, resident or a company in Belgium that is at least 50% owner of the vessel. All existing licenses that are currently valid for 5 years will not be effected by this new law until they are due for renewal.
We have several other options to register your boat!
There are several other options to register your boat and some of them are even better than the Belgium flag. Your choice of options depends on your boating needs. The most important considerations are: Where do you use your boat? Do you use it private or commercial? Do you expect to own the vessel for a long time? Do you have a survey or can you get one easily?
We have the perfect alternative for Belgium Boat Registrations for only 469 Euro
Do you need a European Union flag registration that is valid around the world and is available to all nationalities – we can provide you with a Polish (EU) flag registration. This registration is valid for the lifetime of the boat and therefore you will not need to renew your paperwork. The whole process is very simple, as you do not need a yacht survey and can be done in 7 days if you supply us with the correct documents.
For details see https://www.polish-yacht-registration.com
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
Register in 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) 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.