We are still running into cases where other agencies misinformed their yacht clients about doing charters in Croatia this year, and the yachts were in danger of being sent away with charter guests on board. Although we managed to assist and keep the yachts in Croatia, this might not always be the case. For this reason, and due to some recent updates from the authorities, we are again providing key points about doing charters here, and we recommend all incoming charter yachts double check these rules and ask about them before arriving in Croatia.
We are at your disposal for any questions you might have and look forward to hearing from you!
Charter business can be performed by NON-EU and EU charter companies with commercially registered yachts.
- To set up a yacht for charter business in Croatia (approx. 10 - 14 days), a charter company needs:
a) To obtain VAT and PIN numbers with the Croatian tax office when embarking guests in Croatia or a non-EU country. (When embarking guests outside the EU, EU charter companies cannot use their own VAT number for VAT payment in Croatia on a pro-rata basis)
b) To list the yacht in "E-crew" (a central online database) of the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs. If all submitted papers are in order there is no longer a need for a technical inspection of the yacht’s firefighting and safety equipment in Croatia before the beginning of its 1st charter.
The above rules (a and b) are also in effect for all commercial yachts who have contracts signed before the 1st of May, and who embark guests outside the EU (e.i Montenegro) and then come to Croatia. VAT payment in Croatia is still not required for these contracts, but proof of payment done before the 1st of May is required.
Only commercial yachts who are embarking guests in another EU country do not need to obtain VAT and PIN numbers and do not need to be listed in E-crew
- All Non-EU flagged commercial yachts are required to obtain a charter license regardless of whether the yacht will embark guests in another EU or Non-EU country. The license is valid for the calendar year. The number of licenses issued might be limited based on the Croatian market supply situation.
- All Non- Eu flagged commercial yachts who do not possess a charter license can cruise in Croatian territorial waters only between international ports, to and from shipyards, and only with crew on board
- All commercial yachts need to have proof of their VAT status in the EU
- Charter companies, unless from Non EU counties, aren’t obliged to appoint VAT representative in Croatia, but it is recommended to do so.
- All charter companies (EU and Non-Eu) are not obliged to appoint a local maritime agent or charter company for usage of the online E-crew system, unless they are preforming year-round charter business in Croatia, but it is recommended that they do so.
We here at MYS Yachting would be happy to act as your VAT & Fiscal Representative, as well as your Maritime Agent if needed. Fill out the form on our VAT site for a price quote. We look forward to hearing from you.