The country is a federal republic and is officially known as the Swiss Confederation. The total area is 41,295 sq km. Switzerland is divided in to 26 Cantons and every Canton and every community has a different taxation system.

Switzerland has a prosperous and stable modern economy with a per capita GDP approximately 10% higher than other Western European countries

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland. The FOCA is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.

Benefits of Registration in Switzerland

The principal benefits of registering an aircraft in Switzerland are:
  • Stable legal and political environment
  • Clear and simple taxation regime
  • High regulatory standards and service levels
  • Flexibility of aircraft airworthiness, operating and licensing system - i.e. US/FAA or EASA/JAA
  • Wide international ownership eligibility
  • Neutral Nationality registration prefix 'HB'
  • No age of weight restrictions
  • European time zone
  • Switzerland is a well respected financial services centre

Qualified Owners

The following persons are eligible to register their aircraft in Switzerland:
(a) Foreign citizens resident in Switzerland, with a permanent Swiss residence permit (type B or C), provided that the aircraft operation (home base) is based in Switzerland;
(b) Swiss companies (i.e. companies with domicile in Switzerland and registered in a Swiss commercial register);
(c) Swiss public-law entities and institutions;
(d) Swiss associations ("Vereine") provided that t at least two thirds of its members and of the members of the board (including its president) are Swiss citizens resident in Switzerland;
(e) Foreign owned aircraft that are provided (for a term of at least six month) to a Swiss commercial aircraft operator (with Swiss AOC) for commercial operation on the basis of a lease or operating management agreement

Registration Fees

Reservation of an aircraft marking CHF 110
Registration Fee CHF 600
Registration of a mortgage Calculated on MTOW (CHF 9 per kg) up to max. CHF 10,320
Renewal of a C of A CHF 110 plus inspection costs


Applications for registration of an aircraft in the Swiss Aircraft Register must be submitted to the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and should include the following:
  • Application for Registration of an Aircraft in the Swiss Aircraft Register (FOCA Form 5403)
  • Proof of ownership of the aircraft from date of purchase or from date of last entry in the register (FOCA Form 5410) or an instrument of unconditional transfer of title signed by the last registered owner (bill of sale)
  • For Swiss registered companies - extract of the most recent entry in the commercial register;
  • For Swiss associations - evidence that at least two-thirds of the members as well as of the members of the board are hold Swiss citizenship (FOCA Form 54042)
  • For natural persons: proof of Swiss citizenship
  • For foreign citizens - official confirmation of Swiss residence permit (category B or C), together with a declaration that the aircraft is operated from or within Switzerland.
  • Official confirmation that the aircraft has either never been entered in the aircraft register in the country of residence of the predecessor (in title) of the applicant (certificate of non-registration), or that it has been deleted from the aircraft register in the country in which it was last registered (certificate of cancellation of registration).
  • Proof that the aircraft has either never been entered in the liens record in the country in which it was last registered, or that any such entry has been deleted (lien certificate).
  • In the case of a pre-owned aircraft, evidence that it has been properly maintained;

Who to contact

If you are interested in more information regarding the registration of your aircraft in Switzerland or to check the availability of an 'HB' Registration, please contact our REGISTRATION, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION TEAM





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