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International Operating


Amateurs sometimes visit other countries and naturally want to operate their amateur stations. The three types of reciprocal operating authority are: 
1) a CEPT license; 2) an IARP; and 3) a reciprocal permit from a country which does not participate in either of these two multilateral agreements. Always follow all of the communications rules of the country visited. To operate under CEPT or IARP, the amateur must be a licensee in the country of citizenship.

Canada is the exception to the above. The US and Canada share an automatic reciprocal operating agreement. US amateurs must carry proof of their US citizenship and their valid US license. Identification for US amateurs is the US call separated by a stroke and the appropriate Canadian prefix identifier (e.g. N1KB/VE3). In all other instances, or as specified by the national licensing body, the prefix goes before the call sign. For further information on US/Canadian operation, visit the RAC Web site.

For a comprehensive overview of the countries with which the US has reciprocal arrangements, view the "US Amateurs Travelling and Operating Abroad" document (item number 4) on the US Amateurs Operating Overseas FAQ page.

  • Operations FAQ

    Find answers to FAQ on visiting and operating in the US, operating overseas, frequencies outside the US, and more. Learn More

  • Reciprocal Permit

    Find operating permit information for various countries. Learn More

  • International Waters

    Read more about maritime mobile operating in international waters. Learn More

  • US Amateurs Operating Overseas

    Find out how you can operate outside the US. Learn More

  • Third Party Agreements

    Find out with whom you can handle third party traffic. Learn More

  • Operating in the U.S.

    Foreign amateurs who wish to operate in the US and are not US licensees or citizens may do so in one of three ways... Learn More

  • Bilateral Reciprocal Agreements

    The following countries have signed a reciprocal operating agreement with the US... Learn More

  • Frequencies Outside the US

    See the frequency allocations for US amateurs operating under FCC jurisdiction... Learn More

  • CEPT

    Find out how US Amateurs travel to and operate from most European countries without obtaining an additional licensee or permit. Learn More

  • IARP

    For a US citizen to operate an amateur station in a CITEL country, an IARP is necessary. Learn More