Sojourn Tax for boat owners, Croatia
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Sojourn tax for boat owners in Croatia: price increases of up to 800%. Exodus of boat owners to their own home countries

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Croatia, sojourn tax for boat owners. New rates have come into force. Here are the coefficients

Politicians’ memory, Sojourn Tax in Croatiayou know, is very short, even when the disaster is very recent.

The Croatian Government has indeed learnt nothing from the recent Italian yachting cataclysm and, pursuant to article 16 and article 20, paragraph 7 of the Sojourn Tax Act, at its session held on 4 August 2017, it adopted the decree on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018.

Yacht Tax in CroatiaPassed over almost in silence at first, the decree has progressively raised more and more concerns until it finally came into effect, provoking, despite the efforts of the association of Croatian marinas, significant price increases of up to 800%.

More specifically, two aspects contribute to make this tax completely crazy: the sojourn tax for boat owners and the navigation safety fee, which is compulsory for all boats more than 2.5 meters in length, equipped with a propulsion system of over 5kW/hp.

Just to illustrate the concrete effects of the law, we’ll try to make two practical examples of the annual berthing rates for a motoryacht and a sailing yacht, both 14 meters in length.

Annual Berthing Rate
14-meter motoryacht – 2 x 320 Kw engines 14-meter sailboat- 1 x 55 Kw engine
Sojourn Tax 1, 001 1,001
Administrative Fee 40 40
Navigation Safety Fee 202.8 50.4
Maritime Chart Fee 2.6 2.6
Aids to navigation Fee 45.5 45.5
Total Price
1,291.9 1,139.5

dubrovnik-sojourn taxThese are important figures which, for boats between 12 and 15 meters in length, generally result into a 300% price increase compared to last year. Increases are of up to 850% for boats more than 20 meters in length. For a 20-meter yacht, we indeed go from € 230 of last year to almost € 2,000.00 in 2018.

During this Easter weekend, which has represented the real first occasion to set sail, many boats have left their Croatian berths to come back to the Italian, Slovenian, Greek, Turkish and many other Mediterranean marinas.

It was a serious blow to the Dalmatian yachting economy yet good news for the Adriatic port facilities which, this way, will have the opportunity to recover from their lean years, caused by the short-sighted Italian government.

If you want to take delight in the calculations of this fanciful heavy tax, please find below the tables updated to the current exchange rate.

Sojourn tax for boat owners in Croatia

P e r i o d
5-9 m 9-12 m 12-15 m 15-20 m >20 m
up to 8 days Kn 130 400 500 650 950
  Eur 17   52   65   85   124  
up to 15 days Kn 240 700 950 1,200 1,800
Eur 31   91   124   156   234  
up to 30 days Kn 400 1,200 1,600 2,000 3,000
Eur 52   156   208   260   390  
up to 90 days Kn 950 2,900 3,850 4,800 7,200
Eur 124   377   501   624   936  
up to 1 year Kn 2,000 5,800 7,700 9,600 14,500
Eur 260   754   1,001     1,248     1,885    

Navigation Safety Fee

Boat length in m
Administrative Fee Navigation Safety Fee
Maritime Chart Fee
Aids for Navigation Fee
<2,5 40 kn – 5.2 Eur 20*L+2*P – 2.6Eur*L+0.26 Eur*P 20 kn – 2.6 Eur 10 kn/m – 1.3 Eur/m
2.51 -11,99 40 kn – 5.2 Eur 20*L+2*P – 2.6Eur*L+0.26 Eur*P 20 kn – 2.6 Eur 10 kn/m – 1.3 Eur/m
12,00-40,00 40 kn – 5.2 Eur 20*L+2*P – 2.6Eur*L+0.26 Eur*P 20 kn – 2.6 Eur 25 kn/m – 3.25 Eur/m
40,01 – 40 kn – 5.2 Eur 7,500 kn – 975 Eur 20 kn – 2.6 Eur 25 kn/m – 3.25 Eur/m

L = boat length

P = total engine power in kw

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