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May 2017

Spain - Cutting the red tape

A small step for yachting, a huge leap for the administration

The Balearics Government is poised to unravel some of the red tape. The Boletín Oficial de las Islas Baleares (BOIB) announced that the 2017 Balearic Islands Yacht Chartering Decree is being rolled out and the following changes came into effect as of May 7, 2017.

EU and non-EU flagged yachts will now follow the identical procedure and submit a “Declaración responsable” (affidavit of liability) to the general direction of Transport. Prior to May 7, non-EU yachts had to be apply for an authorization from the Balearic Government.  
This means that no supporting documentation will have to be collected and submitted for this procedure.

For 2017 the “Declaración responsable” will be valid one year from the date of issuance. All “Declaración responsable” issued after Jan 1, 2018 will be valid 24 months from the date of issuance.

Also, as on January 1, 2018, the Balearic Registry of Charterers and Yachts will open for business. The Registry is a regional public archive where yacht-owning companies that have filed a statement of responsibility and yachts will be registered. The aim is to control illegal chartering in the islands.