• What is a foreign aircraft exemption?

    A foreign aircraft exemption is an exemption specifically for owners and operators of foreign registered aircraft. It permits them to fly in UK airspace.

    Do I need one?

    You will need to apply for an exemption from us if:

    • you are the owner or operate a foreign registered aircraft with a temporary registration
    • you do not have an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A)

    What exemptions do I need to apply for?

    Article 24 exemption

    The aircraft has a non ICAO compliant registration only

    Article 33 permission

    The aircraft has ICAO compliant registration but not an ICAO compliant airworthiness certificate

    Article 24 & 33 exemption/permission

    The aircraft has non ICAO compliant registration and non ICAO compliant airworthiness certificate


    • Your aircraft must hold a registration (may be temporary) and an airworthiness certificate.
    • Your aircraft must be insured.

    How much does it cost?

    • For Article 33 and Article 24 & 33 exemptions/permissions
      • £64
    • Article 24 Exemption only
      • Currently no fee

    How long will it take to process my application?

    • Our service standard for the issue of the permission/exemption is 5 working days as long as you provide everything we need.
    • If you need your exemption sooner, you can use our Same Day Service

    How long is it valid for?

    • The exemption can be valid for up to 28 days in any 12 month period.
      • This may be a single block of 28 days or split into smaller periods.
    • If you need an exemption for more than 28 days submit an application including justification and we will review your case.
    • Aircraft Registration, Type and Serial Number
      • You must supply a copy of the Certificate of Registration or equivalent
    • Reason for flight
    • Start and End dates for the Exemption
    • Entry and exit locations if the flight involves landing in the UK
    • Details of the airworthiness certificate and associated Operating Limitations
      • You must supply a copy of these documents
    • a copy of the valid insurance for the aircraft detailing compliance with EC 785/2004

    In addition, you may be required to supply:

    If the airworthiness certificate is non expiring

    • A copy of the latest maintenance statement for the aircraft

    For Flight Testing in the UK

    • Details of the flight crew
      • You need to include written confirmation from the aircraft State of Registry, that the named flight crew are acceptable for the test flight
    • Written confirmation from the State of Registry that the Flight Test Schedule is acceptable for the test flight
    • You may need to supply written confirmation from the OEM/STC holder that the Flight Test Schedule is acceptable for test flight

    • Apply using the online form
      • Unless you are applying for an article 24 exemption only
    • Upload or forward the required documentation
    • Pay the applicable fee

    • Upon receipt of a correctly completed application and fee the application shall be reviewed and if satisfactory, the Exemption issued within 5 working days.