Aruba Aircraft Registration
Registration in the Nationality Register
An aircraft can only be registered in the Nationality Register, if:
- The owner of the aircraft is a resident of Aruba or has its corporate seat in Aruba,
- The aircraft is owned by a legal entity on which the laws of the following counties are applicable: European Union and certain territories and associated Countries, Switzerland, Canada, the United States of America or a country mentioned in Annex to Ministerial Decree A.B. 2014, No 15, provided the aforementioned legal entities are continuously represented by a natural person or legal entity in Aruba, or
- If the aircraft has been leased to a legal entity mentioned under (i) and (ii) above, in which case the obligations imposed on an owner of an aircraft shall be fulfilled by the lessee of such aircraft. The aircraft intended to be registered in the Nationality Register by the owner or holder, must be eligible for registration. Click here for aircraft that are not eligible for registration. The aircraft must also be home-based in a country accepted by the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba. Registration is furthermore subject to satisfactory airworthiness assessment by inspectors of the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba. Registration in the Title Register
After the aircraft has been registered in the Nationality Register, the owner of the aircraft may opt to register the aircraft and proprietary rights (e.g. Aruban law mortgage) in the Title Register, after permission has been obtained from the Court of First Instance of Aruba. The petition to obtain such permission must inter alia include (a) Certificate of Registration issued by the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba, (b) A declaration of maximum take-off and (c) A proof that the aircraft has not been registered in a treaty register (Geneva Convention). The permission by the Aruban court is usually obtained in one or two days. An Aruban law mortgage may be registered in the Title Register, once the aircraft has been registered in that register.
Distinctive Advantages of Aruba Aircraft Registration
- The Aruba legal system provides for strong security rights that can be placed on the aircraft and on the shares of the special purpose vehicle, for loans granted by financial institutions.
- If structured properly, the registration, finance and lease of an aircraft with an offshore operation will not be taxed in Aruba. This zero taxation means amongst others, no turnover taxes, no corporate income taxes and no withholding taxes.
- Speedy, Efficient and consistent Services.
- Dedicated ongoing compliance support.