non-UK air carriers that wish to undertake commercial services to, from or
within the United Kingdom are required to hold a Foreign Carrier Permit before
that flight is undertaken. Currently,
EEA and EFTA air carriers are permitted to undertake services to and from the
United Kingdom without the need for a Permit, provided those flights originate
from or are destined for territories within the European Common Aviation
Area. EEA carriers are also additionally
able to undertake services within the United Kingdom (cabotage flights) without
The EAA comprises the Member States of
the EU along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. EFTA comprises the
Member States of the EEA and Switzerland.
Kingdom’s Departure from the European Union
The UK is due to leave
the European Union on March 29, 2019. After this date, all non-UK
carriers, including EEA and EFTA operators, will
require a Foreign Carrier Permit before operating
any commercial flight to, from or within UK territory.
Isle of Man
The CAA also administers Foreign Carrier
Permits for services to and from the Isle of Man jointly with the Isle of Man
Civil Aviation Administration.
Islands and UK Overseas Territories
If you require approval to operate to the Channel Islands or
a UK Overseas Territory you should contact the Channel Islands Office of Civil
Aviation or the Government of the Overseas
Territory concerned directly.
More information on Scheduled & Charter flights
More information on Aerial Work
contact details for DfT.
Where a permit is
Certain flights using non-UK registered
aircraft do not require any additional approval namely:
*Note: Before undertaking a military
registered or State flight you will need to contact the UK Ministry of Defence
Diplomatic Flight Clearance, Ministry of
Telephone: 00 44 (0) 207 218 2723
We recommend contacting the CAA before
applying for a Foreign Carrier Permit. However, before contacting the CAA we
familiarise yourself with relevant content on the website as the information
provided may answer your queries.
Fax: 00 44 (0) 207
Telephone: 00 44 (0) 207 453 6333 (office hours only)
The Foreign Registered Aircraft Permits
Department is staffed weekdays between 09:00 and 17:00 Local (excluding public
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.
An administration fee of £78 is payable in
respect of each permit application made.
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.email@example.com.
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.
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