Telephone: 011-852-3468-8533

Fax:  011-852-3107 0019

Physical Address:

Suite 5106., 51/F., Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong



Telephone No.: 011-44-207-355-9570

Fax: 011-44-207-355-9575


15 Upper Grossvenor Street

London, W1K 7PJ


  • Register in good time.
  • Always apply for registration well before you intend to sail.
  • If a commercial vessel is involved ensure appropriate safety certificates are available and vessel surveyed by or on behalf of VISR before registration.
  • Ensure that you have completed the necessary documentation properly and paid the correct fee.


The Hotel Aid (Amendment) Act, 2005 provides the list of eligible items in the First Schedule to the Ordinance.

In addition to the completed application form and cover letter outlining the business intent, everyone should submit one passport sized photo; British Virgin Islanders should submit a copy of their birth certificate, picture page and page 4 of their BVI passport; belongers’ or naturalized citizens should submit their belongers’ certificate/card or naturalization certificate; all other persons (non-belongers) should submit (i ) the picture page of their passport  (ii) two character references, (iii) financial statement/bank reference, and (iv) police record.


  • Citizens and/or Bodies corporate registered in the British Virgin Islands and any of the following:
  • United Kingdom and it's Crown Dependencies and OverseasTerritories;
  • Nationals of and bodies corporate incorporated in;
  • Member State of the European Community (EC) or European Economic Area (EEA); Overseas Territories of Member of EC or EEA;
  • (Bodies corporate must have a place of business in such MemberState or OverseasTerritory)
  • Bodies corporate incorporated in a MemberState of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) or the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) (and registered in the BVI.)

There are two cases where more simple development applications can be reviewed and approved within the department. These generally include subdivisions up to five parcels and residential developments up to five units.


According to tradition, interest/ownership in a British Ship is divided into 64 Shares. A vessel is entitled to be registered, if a majority of the interest (at least 33 of the 64 shares) is owned by qualified persons (individuals or Bodies Corporate). Foreign persons may own a minority interest (up to 31 of the 64 shares) in the ship; or register ship under a qualified company owned by them.