Croatia VAT Update: Official Guidelines Still To Come
Over the past few weeks several emails have been circulating from various bodies regarding the charter VAT situation in Croatia. According to our sources a meeting was recently held with the Croatian Tourism Minister and it appears an official notice will soon be released by the government.
In the meantime the information we have received is as follows:
- VAT applicable on charters starting in Croatia will be set at 13% of the charter fee.
- All commercial yachts engaged in charter activity must have received a certificate of technical inspection in the last 12 months, or an inspection will be performed in Croatia by the CRS (Croatian Register of Shipping).
- Non EU flagged yachts over 40m (131') can only perform a charter if they obtain a charter license. The process to issue a charter license could take up to three months, with a limited number of licenses available every year. The license will be valid for 1 year.
- Non EU flagged yachts under 40m (131') will not be allowed to embark guests in Croatia under any circumstances. They will only be able to disembark guests within Croatia.
- Private yachts will be able to start and finish their charters within Croatian ports and there are no longer any limits to the number of guests allowed to embark and disembark in Croatian waters.
Please note that at the time of writing there has been no official notice to confirm the VAT rate, nor the procedure for VAT collection - so for now it is business as usual.
Should you have any questions about cruising in Croatia please don’t hesitate to contact our Charter Marketing Department.
Look out for our round-up story of VAT regulations in the EU out soon.