Yacht Registration under the British Virgin Islands Flag

Boat Registration British Virgen Islands

The British Virgen Island registration is recognized worldwide, the BVI is a member of the Red Ensign Group of British Registrations, which means any boat registered in the BVI is a British Ship and entitled to fly the Red Ensign Flag and that gives your ship protection by Royal Navy and support by the British Diplomatic/Consular.

Who can register with the BVI registration?

BVI Vessel registrations are available to citizens of and companies registered in:
  • The BVI
  • The United Kingdom and its Crown dependencies and overseas territories
  • A member of the European Union (EC) or European Economic Area (EEA)
  • The Caribbean Community and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Often clients opt to set up an incorporated BVI company for the sole purpose of holding a ship, the benefits of vessel being hold by a BVI company are:
  • protection of asset from confiscation orders from foreign governments
  • no disclosure or minimum capital requirements
  • ease of maintaining and operating the BVI company
  • confidentiality and anonymity for the shareholders and directors of the BVI company

Which documents are needed to register a vessel in the BVI:

  • Original bill of sale
  • Original builders’ certificate or Ce certificate
  • Certificate of Survey and Tonnage Measurement, If the vessel is over 24 meters an International Tonnage Certificate (ITC69) is required.
  • Certificate of Incorporation (if company)
  • Deletion of previous registration
  • All documents need to be notarized and also if documents are not in English, they need to translated and notarized.
  • Application to register
  • Declaration of Eligibility
  • Closed Transcript and an extract of register if the vessel is coming off a Red Ensign Register

Which vessels can be registered in the BVI

  • Cargo ships of unlimited tonnage
  • Yachts of up to 3000 gross ton
  • Vessel previously registered under category 2
  • Pleasure crafts and yachts up to 400 gross which is about maximum 45 meters
  • Cargo and commercial craft of up to 150 gross which is about 24 meters in length.

From € 149
All Inclusive
  • For VHF, AIS, radar and EPIRB
  • Includes call sign, AIS and MMSI number
  • No yearly renewal fees!
  • 24 hour service
  • DHL overnight courier
Flag Country Comparison Table
  USA (Delaware) Holland United Kingdom Poland
How fast can it be done? 5 Days 3 Days 3 Days 7 Days
Available for all nationalities Yes Yes Yes Yes
Validation Period 1 or 3 years 2 years 5 years For life
Flag certificate Yes No Yes Yes
Ownership registration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Survey mandatory No No Yes No
Valid worldwide Yes No Yes Yes
Suitable for commercial yachts No No Yes no / yes
Price from 185 USD 299 EUR 799 EUR 499 EUR
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