Import Regulations in Spain


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Import Regulations in Spain
Registering a Boat or Yacht
Registration under the Spanish flag is required for boats spending over 182 days a year in Spanish waters. The majority of Maritime Authorities are able to register/re-register vessels also the Commandancia de Marina Mercante can carry out this procedure. The cost of registration includes a matriculation tax of 12 % of the vessel's value.

Foreign Boats & Spanish Customs
The following documents are required owners if they entering Spain for the first time: registration papers, certificate of competence, crew passports and their list with passport details, radio license, evidence of the boat’s VAT status and certificate of insurance.   

A VAT paid or exempt yacht can apply for a permiso aduanero.

With this document, the owner can stay in Spain indefinitely. Boats registered outside the EU on which VAT has not been paid may be imported into the EU and remain for no more than 6 months in any 12. Only after that VAT becomes due. This period can be extended by prior arrangement with the local custom authorities.