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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

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
    • £70
  • 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.

What do I need to include with my application?

  • 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
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How do I apply?

  • 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
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What happens next?

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