Frequently Asked Questions
I am not an EU citizen, can I apply for a Dutch Flag Certificate (ICP)?
Yes, in order to apply for a Dutch Flag Certificate (ICP) you need either an EU passport, EU ID card, EU Permanent Residence Permit or a passport of Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Iceland.
HOWEVER We can also offer Dutch Flag registration for any boat owners that are NOT EU citizens.
- We setup an United Kingdom LTD. for you in 24 hours. This LTD is owned by you but can also have additional owners if needed. The total cost for the setup of the LTD. is 349.00 Euro and after that 249 Euro annually. As the LTD. is only used for owning a boat you will not need to pay any taxes or do any government filings.
- After 24 hours, the LTD is setup and then you make a new bill of sale on the name of your UK LTD.
- We will then register the UK LTD. as owner of the vessel and you will receive your Dutch flag registration 3 days later.
Dutch Flag versus Belgium Flag
Belgium used to be the most popular country in Europe to register your vessel. However, this has changed since the Netherlands changed it Flag registration procedures 2 years ago. It is now a lot less expensive, faster, less complicated and NO taxes need to be paid when registering your flag in Holland versus Belgium.
Cost 299 euro
Takes 3 days
Documents NO translation needed
Cost 450 euro
Takes 6-9 weeks
Fiscal Traffic Tax between 61.50 Euro and 2478 Euro *
Documents need to be translated to Dutch or French
*All owners of vessels greater than 7.50 meters must pay a one-time tax on the vessel. It starts at € 2478.00 for a new boat; it is then decreases 10% per year of service up to 10 years. A boat of 10 years and beyond is taxed 61.50 €.
What kind of paperwork do you need to register my yacht under Dutch Flag?
We only need a copy of your European passport or ID Card and a proof of ownership of the boat – this can be either copy of sales agreement, insurance policy or bill of sale. (as long as it shows yacht details like hull and engine number on it).
What type of vessels can be registered under the Dutch Flag?
We can register Boats of any size (sailing and motor), Jet Skis, Canoes and Water Scooters.
How long is the EU - Dutch Flag Certificate valid?
The certificate is valid for two years. It can then be renewed for another two years by us for a fee of 149,00 Euro.
What homeport will show on the Dutch Flag Certificate?
We can register all boats with any homeport.
For what purpose do I need to sign the “Declaration of Representation”?
All non Dutch EU residents need to apply for the EU Dutch Flag Certificate (ICP) with the issuing authorities via a representative in the Netherlands who acts on their behalf. The authorities will only let us represent non Dutch residents via a “Declaration of Representation Form”.
Can a Dutch Flag Certificate be issued when the yacht is owned by a company and not a private person?
Yes, that is no problem. All you need to do is provide the ID of the company owner and a formal document which proves the company is a registered entity.
Can only pleasure Yachts apply for a Dutch Flag Certificate (ICP)?
Yes, Dutch Flag Certificate can only be issued to yachts used for non-commercial purposes.
What is an ICP?
ICP = International Certificate for Pleasure Craft. All European countries can issue an ICP but the Dutch Flag Registration is by far the easiest and has less requirements and lower fees then the other European flags.
Is it necessary to put certificate number somewhere visible on the boat or it’s sufficient to keep the documentation on board?
There is no need to visibly show the ICP number.
What do I do if I purchased a boat which already has a Dutch Flag Certificate?
In the case of a new owner, the previous certificate needs to be canceled and a new one has to be applied for if you want to continue under Dutch Flag. We can take care of this in a total of 2x5 Business days.
Can changes be made to my current Dutch Flag Certificate?
Yes, we can make modifications to your current certificate if the owner remains the same. We often have clients purchase new engine(s) and we can change the registered engine numbers for them. You will have to send us the original Dutch Flag Certificate in order to have it modified. We charge only 149,00 Euro for modifications.
Can I apply for a Dutch Flag Certificate for a yacht that is still in the process of being build?
Yes, that is possible, as long as the hull has been assigned a HIN code and the engine is fully installed.
Can I cancel my Dutch Flag Certificate?
Yes, we can cancel your registration if you for instance are going to sell the vessel. We charge a fee of only 149,00 Euro for this.
Are there any nautical limits when my yacht is under Dutch Flag?
NO, one of the main reasons our Spanish, French and Italian clients de-register in their countries and register under Dutch Flag is that you will not have any nautical restrictions on how far out of the coast you can sail or motor.
What is the maximum size of the vessel?
You can register any size of vessel under the Dutch flag.
Do i need to display my dutch flag registration number on my vessel?
No you do not have to display the number but ofcourse you are allowed to as some countries are used to having it on the vessel
What is the minimum Maritime Equipment?
Below you will find the bare minimum maritime equipment required for sailing under the Dutch Flag.
- Life vest/jacket : one per person on board
- Lifebuoy with light, in case of night operating
- Effective distress signals, including flares
- Magnetic compass
- Navigation lights
- Boat horn and manual depth sounder
- Anchor, hammer and boat hook
- Bilge pump or bailer
- Sufficient number of oars with oarlocks
- Minimum of 20 m of rope for usual operations
- Waterproof electrical torch allowing to give light signals
- Fire extinguisher (for motorboats)
- Complete sails kit (for sailboats)
First Aid Kit
- Waterproof box with necessary bandages and other usual pharmaceutical products