SPANISH CHARTER LICENCE APPLICATIONS
As most Spanish Government applications are now processed online, the good news is that we are continuing to process Spanish Charter Licences and Maritime Cruising Permits as normal so that our clients will be “ready to go” as soon as the situation returns to normal.
An issue we are coming up against is the requirement for a Spanish survey for charter yachts of less than 24 meters. As you are probably aware, the ports and marinas are now closed until at least 12th April and all “non-essential” workers have now been included in the compulsory lockdown, meaning the surveyors are unable to work at the moment. However, we are in touch with all of our collaborators and they will inform us immediately of their revised work schedules as soon as the marinas begin to open up again.
For any clients who are due flag surveys, we suggest you contact your surveyor and ask if the relevant flag state will issue temporary extensions for the period of lockdown or ask them to book you in for the survey as soon as the current bans are lifted.
SPANISH VAT NUMBER APPLICATIONS
For any clients requiring a Spanish non-resident VAT number for their company, we have received good news from the Spanish Tax Office. Whilst their offices are now closed for face to face appointments, it is however possible to obtain a provisional VAT number online. We will still eventually require the original notarised documents with the required Hague Apostille from you, as we will need to submit them to the tax office once they open again in order for the VAT number to be registered as permanent. However, this is a positive solution to keep processes moving for the time being.
We believe that notaries in the UK are having difficulties with obtaining the Hague Apostille on their documents as this is normally processed by the British Home Office which is closed at the moment. We suggest that your documents are left with the notary with a request to process the Hague Apostille as soon as the Home Office is once more operational.
We believe this problem does not exist at the moment in Malta, so contact us if you need guidance as to how to carry out this process there.
Regarding yachts here under Temporary Import, any vessels which are close to their 18 month time limit, please contact us, as we are applying for extensions with Customs which will be applicable until the lockdown is over and the ports and marinas open up again.
We obviously do not know how long this present situation will last. However, the Balearic Islands have responded well to the general lockdown and we seem to be beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Mallorca Tourist Board are busy promoting the island still and we are all hopeful for a good chartering summer season, maybe a little later than usual.