Originally Posted by jpemb7
I think you could be the person to answer my questions.
If I am a non-EU resident and I buy a boat in an E.U country, are the rules different ? What if I was to change the boat to foreign registration
Is this 90 days per country or 90 days for all of the E.U ? Is it possible to extend the 90 day visa.
Jim, if you are not a tax resident of the EU, then three situations arise
(a) Second Hand boat, already in the EU - VAT Paid
You simply buy the boat and thats it. you can not
recover the VAT on a second hand boat. However the boat may remain in the EU foreveer without further VAT taxes
. ( and you may bring it in and out of the EU along as you remain the owner).
(b) Second Hand boat - VAT not paid. ie a boat owned by a commercial
sailing organisation like say a training school
boat.(or a dealer selling a boat but not as a broker)
If you can convince the purchaser that you intend to export the boat, it may
be possible to buy the boat VAT free. There is a "sailaway" scheme in the UK that formalises this, but other countries you may have to apply through the local customs
. Mostly you will have tp pay the VAT and subsequently claim it back from customns once you leave the EU
(c) New Boat - not VAT paid
Again the situation is similar to (b). in the uk there is a formal scheme, that allows you not to have to pay the VAT, other countries have similar schemes but some arnt so formal
Note changing the flag of the vessel doesnt really do anything, if the boat is being exported then you must remove it from the EU.
There is a bit of a dodge, in that for a VAT not paid
boat and you being a non EU tax resident, you could reregister the boat under a foreign no EU flag ( or simply not have it on any register) and then claim Temporary Import
release from VAT. The trick is that you havent brought the boat into the EU , its already there, but in reality this cant be checked as there is no formal paperwork in relation to TI . The trick however is convincomg the seller not to apply the VAT, as they remain liable not you in the event that you dont remove it from the EU
IN relation to EU visas, The schlengen countries, essentially the EU except the UK and Ireland
, have a standard 90 day tourust visa. This is 90 days to visit all the schlengen countries not 90 days per country. Then you must depart the schlengen area for 90 days before returning. The UK and Ireland
are outside this area and will give you upto 6 months ( though 90 days is normally whats given)in each country.
There is no way to extend the 90 day visa. Some EU countries have longer stay visas, and work + study visas. but these are hard to access especially if you are simply cruising. and anyway any long stay visa only applies to that EU country, it does not provide a long stay for all EU countries.
US visitors dont actually need to pre-apply for a schlengen visa, there is a wavier scheme, the visa is automatically stamped into your passport when you vist the first schlengen country, but the same rules apply. Some countries in the EU have turned a blind eye to overstays ( Spain) but the rules are tightening all accross the EU.