• If you are based outside the EEA, you will need to apply for a Foreign Carrier Permit in order to operate commercial flights to, from, or within the UK. This applies to all flights, whether they are a regular scheduled service, a short term chartered service or a single chartered flight.

    • The EEA is made up of the EU along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

    Aerial work

    A permit is also required for flights undertaking aerial work (for example: photography, parachuting or flight training) where the operator is using aircraft registered outside of the EEA.

    More information on aerial work

    We recommend you contact the CAA’s Foreign Registered Aircraft Permits Department using the details below before you apply for a Foreign Carrier Permit.

    Permits issued by the DfT are still valid.

    On 6 April 2014 the CAA took over the function of issuing Foreign Carrier Permits from the Department for Transport (DfT).

    Subject to any enforcement action or restriction that may be placed on a permit in the interim any permit granted prior to the transfer to the CAA will remain in force until its expiry.

    The DfT is still responsible for issuing permits to operate to some UK territories.

    If you require a permit to operate to the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or UK overseas territories you should contact the Department for Transport directly. See contact details for DfT.

    Apply for a foreign carrier permit

    For application forms and details of other required documents, see the foreign carrier permit applications page.


    We recommend contacting the CAA before applying for a Foreign Carrier Permit.

    The Foreign Registered Aircraft Permits Department is staffed weekdays between 09:00 and 17:00 Local (excluding public holidays).

    Email: foreigncarrierpermits@caa.co.uk
    Fax: 00 44 (0) 207 453 6632
    Telephone: 00 44 (0) 207 453 6333 (office hours only)


    Outside of office hours the CAA will only consider applications for urgent permission in emergency situations, for example air ambulance or humanitarian flights. Applications that need to be submitted outside of office hours should be made to the CAA Duty Office 00 44 (0)330 022 1500 or 00 44 (0) 330 022 1500.

    Where a permit is not required

    Certain flights using non-UK registered aircraft do not require any additional approval namely:

    • Private flights
    • Overflights of the UK
    • Flights exercising traffic rights permitted by Chapter III of the European Market Access Regulation;
    • State flights undertaken on behalf of a foreign Government (for example flights carrying Heads of State/Government Ministers
    • Flights by military-registered aircraft (‘State’ not ‘Civil’ flights)*
    • Positioning flights, ferry flights or, delivery flights
    • A flight for the purposes of undertaking repairs, alterations, maintenance, or salvage
    • Test flights

    *Note: Before undertaking a military registered flight you will need to contact the UK Ministry of Defence using the following details:

    Diplomatic Flight Clearance
    Ministry of Defence
    Telephone: 00 44 (0) 207 218 2723
    E-mail: OIpsDir-Clerk4@mod.uk

  • How we use your information

    The UK CAA’s Consumers and Markets Group collects and stores your name, date of birth, address, email, telephone number and Nationality (not routinely) for the purpose of processing the application for a Foreign Registered Aircraft Permit.

    We may also share such information on an adhoc basis with DfT and UK Border Forces for Aviation Security purposes as part of the National Aviation Security Plan.

  • The processing of your personal information is necessary for the performance of a task we carry out in the public interest or official authority vested in us in accordance with UK/EU law.

    We need to share your personal data with internal CAA staff, the UK Department for Transport (DfT)'s Aviation Security and the UK Border Force's Carrier Engagement Data Analysis Targeting (CEDAT) who act as joint controllers/processors for information sharing and the purpose of processing the application for a Foreign Registered Aircraft Permit.

    Such information is shared on an adhoc basis as part of the National Aviation Security Plan and in accordance of the MoU with DfT under which the CAA administers the Foreign Registered Aircraft Permit.

    We will delete all personal information associated with an unsuccessful applicant 5 years after the FOP application was made or 10 years after expiry of a granted FOP. The data is held for enforcement, compliance and intelligence purposes.

    You may submit an information enquiry or make a complaint about how we have processed your personal information by emailing FOI.requests@caa.co.uk.

    Please be aware that the CAA is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, which means we may need to release information you have supplied to us. However, we would never disclose your personal information without first obtaining your consent. 

    This privacy notice is subject to change.