France Yacht Charter

It is the purpose of this guide to set out our understanding of the current conditions applicable to the charter of yachts in France & Monaco.

We understand that the following conditions apply to yacht charters commencing in France & Monaco:

  • The yacht owner must fiscally register in France and obtain a French VAT number
  • French VAT is chargeable on all yacht charters starting in France at the prevailing standard rate (currently 20%)
  • The VAT chargeable can be reduced by half (10%) for charters that enter international waters (more than 12 nautical miles offshore)
  • Charter in France can be performed by both EU and non EU registered commercially certified and registered yachts
  • A central charter agent must be appointed and the owner must prove that they are genuinely making every effort to offer the vessel for charter on a bona fide commercial basis
  • Usage by the beneficial owner or any related party is permitted provided that they charter the yacht at arm’s length on the same commercial terms as any third-party, (it is suggested that beneficial owner or related party charter should not be excessive in comparison to overall charter activity)

Oceanskies are working closely with a leading firm of fiscal agents in France who can handle all necessary fiscal formalities.

These services can be performed on a stand-alone basis for France only or as part of the Oceanskies fiscal registration service providing a one stop shop for the fiscal support of yacht charter activities in all of the principal Mediterranean yacht charter jurisdictions.

Our fiscal agency services can be provided on a stand-alone basis to all yacht owners or in conjunction with one of our turn-key commercial yacht charter ownership and registration packages.

For further information concerning fiscal registration for yacht charter and yacht charter purposes please click on the following link to the relevant section of this website:



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Guernsey Office

Oceanskies Limited

Castle Emplacement

St. Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1AU

Channel Islands, Great Britain

Malta Office

Oceanskies (Malta) Limited

43A/1 Saint Paul's Buildings

West Street, Valletta VLT 1532



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