Operating Permit Information
For a foreign civilian to obtain an amateur radio operator's license an official letter from their country's Embassy in Kabul to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required. Once this letter has been reviewed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will transmit a letter to the Spectrum Management Department of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). On receipt of that letter, a license should be issued within two or three days. Be prepared to pay a nominal charge of US$ 300 and to provide a recent passport sized photo.
Contact person at the Ministry is:
Director of Spectrum Management Department
Mohammad Jan Khan Watt
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Algeria has not entered into a reciprocal or a third party traffic agreement with the United States. Amateur radio is encouraged there in their own way, but it is very difficult, if not impossible, for an alien amateur to be licensed even if he or she is not a short-term visitor.
For further information, please contact:
Radio operations are managed by the National Science Foundation via the use of is prime support contractor who provides IT & communications support functions in Antarctica under contract to the NSF (currently Raytheon Polar Services Company, Centennial, CO). The NSF only has oversight of FCC delegated KC4 call sign blocks and for any radio communications conducted at a US Antarctic Program operating location - NSF maintains internal USAP radio frequency spectrum coordination.
In practice, NSF sponsors three "club" station operations, one at each of the three USAP stations of McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer. These operate under an FCC delegated KC4 call sign. Any other amateur radio operation by an individual not using the officially sponsored station would be requested to operate as a conventional mobile or portable, and the NSF's primary interest would be the advanced coordination and registration for radio frequency coordination when operations could be conducted at/near USAP operating locations.
Any other amateur radio operations affiliated/sponsored by other national Antarctic programs would be addressed to the country of relevance. Any independent, non-affiliated amateur radio operations would not be addressed to NSF unless the operations would occur near or at USAP operating locations, in which case NSF requests radio frequency spectrum coordination.
Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science & Technology
Coolidge Business Complex (Former Sealy Building)
Sir George Walter Highway
In addition to the license application and a copy of your U.S. license you will also need to provide a copy of your passport photo page for identification.
It is possible to take care of everything by mail and have them e-mail you a copy of your license. If you choose this route, send the licensing fees as a cashier's check via courier (DHL, etc.) to the above address. Otherwise take a taxi to the above address and pick up your license upon arrival.
There is a license application fee of EC$27 and an additional annual fee of EC$54. Licensing fees are found at www.telecom.gov.ag/. At this time EC$2.70 equals US$1.00
They will try to honor requests for specific calls and will issue single letter suffixes (e.g. V25V) if available.
Full information on amateur radio in Antigua and Barbuda is available from:
It is an active but small society, so include a SAE and a couple of IRC with your inquiry.
According to the Regulation of the above mentioned organization, which is approved in the Decision of the Government of RA of 20 November, 1999, No.694, appendix 9, the foreign Amateur must submit to the Republican Center of Telecommunication, CJSC, the following documents:
- Application questionnaire;
- Copy of the amateur license issued by the country of which the amateur is a citizen
- Recommendation of the FRRA (we can send this letter after you send us the first two papers)
All these documents must be submitted not later than two months before beginning of activities of the radio amateur. However, FRRA can gain the extension of the deadline.
A foreign amateur who would like to obtain a two month license must pay 150,000 Armenian Drams, and for the period of time up to one year, 500,000 Armenian Drams. One USD is equal to about 588 Armenian Drams.
To bring equipment into the country (for example, a transceiver), you must obtain permission from the Republican Center of Telecommunication, CJSC, and pay about 18,000 Armenian Drams for the permission.
George Badalian EK6GB
I have been living in the Azores since August 1990 as a member of the United States Forces Azores at Lajes Field on Terceira Island (CU3). I'd like to provide some current information on how US hams can obtain reciprocal licenses in the Azores Islands.
Visitors can obtain 30-day temporary licenses by submitting a letter to the licensing authority: Correios e Telecomunicacoes de Portugal, 9500 Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Acores. This letter must be written in either Portuguese or French and should give your name, address, class of US license, and say that you would like a license to operate in the Azores in accordance with the terms of the reciprocal licensing agreement between Portugal and the U.S. Also, two legible photocopies of your U.S. license must be attached. There is a small fee involved, and the process is much easier if the application is made in person at the CTT office (there are several in the islands). Licenses granted in this manner will use the Azores prefix/your call (e.g. CU3/KA1AA). Each island is a different call area (CU1-CU9, with CU0 reserved for special event/commemorative stations). These licenses can be renewed for an additional 30-day period.
Military personnel or US Government civilians who will be stations at Air Base 4, Lajes Field, can be issued a local CU3 callsign. Current CU3 reciprocal calls have the letter "L" as the first letter of the suffix; e.g. CU3LA, CU3LB, etc. To get one of these licenses, the individual must do the following:
Write a letter on official squadron letterhead in either Portuguese or French, stating your name, local address in the Azores, class of US license, and requesting the issuance of a local license in accordance with the terms of the reciprocal licensing agreement between the US and Portugal.
Have your squadron commander sign a letter in both English and Portuguese certifying what squadron you are assigned to, that you will be stationed at Air Base 4/Lajes Field until XXXXX (your return date to the USA), that you currently hold a valid US amateur radio license and are authorized to apply to a local amateur radio license.
This package should be taken in person to the CTT office in Angra, located at 2 Rua Dr. Henrique Bras. This is about 10-15 miles from the base. The CTT officials will collect the license fee of about ($9 US). The fee must be paid in escudos, the local currency. You will be given a receipt. The license will be sent to you by mail to your Azores address, but be forewarned that it takes anywhere from 1-6 months to arrive. This is because the CTT will send a telex to the FCC requesting verification of your US license. The FCC is very slow about answering them and sometimes they don't at all. The CTT will accept only a telex sent directly to them by the FCC. Licenses issued this way are good for 5 years, but require a fee of approximately $6 US be paid every 6 months. Note that Third Party traffic is strictly prohibited. There is, however, a USAF MARS station on the base and US hams assigned to the base can get USAF MARS licenses.
We do not have a reciprocal operating agreement with Bahrain. However, it may be possible to obtain permission to operate your Amateur Radio equipment if you will be living in Bahrain. Therefore, if you wish to obtain a permit to operate from Bahrain, the licensing authority specifies that you must hold a Bahrain residence permit.
There is at present no locally administered Amateur Radio examination, although one is in the process of being arranged. Until the exam is completed, however, you must show "proof of technical ability and code proficiency" in order to be issued a permit. The licensing authority has indicated that in order to show this, it will be to your advantage if you hold a General Class or higher license.
Power limitation is 500 watts P.E.P. output with emission classes A1, A2, A3, A3A, A3J, F1, F2 and F3 in the bands 3.5-3.8, 7.0-7.1, 14.0-14.35, 21.0-21.45, 28.0-29.7 and 144.0-146.0 MHz. There is an allocation 1.8-2.0 MHz output power 26 2/3 watts P.E.P., emissions A1, A2, A3, A3A and A3J. Allocations in the VHF/UHF spectrum exist, but are not presently used.
United States amateurs may request permission to operate in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands by writing to:
PO Box 18
Koror, Belau 96940
Tel: 680 488 4618
Five copies of the licensing documents and your license are required. Authorization in writing can take as much as 3 months to get back to you. First, the OPT will ask you to fill in papers with some information: equipment, antennas, power, location, dates of operation. Without these documents it's not possible to get the TY license. Your home license alone is not enough.
You'll have to pay bank to bank, not cash. Keep proof your payment. TY5ZR may be able to assist.
This information comes from Larry N1TX:
Received fax dated 11 July 1997 from Bosnian Directorate of Telecommunications. States for US hams you must submit copy of US license, copy of passport, and official request for permission stating times of operation, location(s), and equipment details. Callsign is T9/US_Call. License is free. Data and queries to:
It is relatively easy for a visitor to obtain a permit. First, be ready upon arrival to have your equipment withheld at the Customs until you have obtained your operating permit. Then visit the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), located near the center of town. You must take the original (and not a photocopy) of your FCC license, novice or higher, as well as two passport-size photos. Having filled out an application form with your name, date of birth, address and information about your equipment, signed a declaration form, handed in your FCC license and photos and paid 38 Pula (about $15), you will be given 90-day authorization to sign A25 followed by your US call. Return to the Customs to have your equipment back, and have fun! Frequency and power schedules are printed on the back side of this information sheet. Remember that third-party traffic is prohibited in Botswana. So is so-called guest operation. Before you leave the country, visit BTC and turn in your A25 permit for your FCC license.
If you are going to be a resident there, you will be assigned a local call sign, such as A22AA for full license and A24AB for novice. For the application procedure, which is a bit more complicated, and local coordination, please write to the following:
Rabsel Tours was the first Tour Operator to handle a group of Japanese Amateur Radio enthusiasts to operate ham radio from the 1st -- 4th Feb 1995, from Bhutan. We are also aware of the operational modalities for visiting amateurs radio operation.
According to the rules of the radio amateur action in Bulgaria, you may participate/ make radio contact from all Bulgarian radio stations - private and collective. After their call you have to give your own (e.g. LZ1ZQ/K2JV or LZ/K2JV). If you like to bring your Amateur Radio station or a portable transceiver in our country you must gain permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via your Embassy.
Our Committee of Posts. and Telecommunications (PTT) may issue you a visitors' permit. For that, you must send a FAX (via the BFRA) with a copy of your license to the address in Velingrad or Sofia. Indicate the time which you will be in Bulgaria. If you have a problem obtaining permission to bring your equipment into the country, we (BFRA) can provide you with all the necessary HF and VHF gear you need.
|A (First Class)||1KW input, all bands, all modes|
|B||250W input, all bands, all modes|
|C||50W input, 1.8,3.5 and 7 MHz, all modes|
You may want to complete The 73 International Universal Permit Application when applying for an operating permit.
Cameroon is a small west central African country with a stable government and a mild climate. Power is 220 volts, 50 cycle AC and is stable, at least during the summer rainy season when hydroelectricity is plentiful. The official languages are French and English. All government officials are supposed to understand both. Most prefer to speak French.
A visa is required as are vaccinations against yellow fever and cholera. Precautions against malaria is recommended. All entry documents are carefully checked. A return or ongoing ticket is required. A local address must be given. The address can be a hotel, but it must be a specific hotel.
Amateur licensing is under the jurisdiction of the Ministere des Postes et Telecommunications housed in a building on top of a hill west of the Hilton Hotel. Licenses are issued by applying in person to the Bureau de Frequences et de Radioelectricite Privee. This office is housed in an auxiliary office building. It has no street address. Nothing in Cameroon has a street address. Ask a taxi driver or at the ministere. A 4 page form, available at the ministere must be filled out in quadruplicate, signed and taken to the post office where a 10,000 Franc ($40 U.S.) fee is assessed. The stamped form is returned to the Bureau where the decision is made.
It is not known what duty would be assessed on incoming radio equipment. The Cameroonian Embassy might be able to give details here. Air freight must be cleared by customs and will almost certainly be assessed something. Personal baggage, including hand baggage is carefully and completely inspected. The function of all unfamiliar objects is questioned.
The United States holds a reciprocal and a third-party traffic agreement with Colombia. The application procedure has a number of crucial steps which may cause some difficulty. The radio society will be happy to assist you with your application.
The requirements include the following:
- The application must be presented in Spanish at least 60 days prior to the date on which operation is expected to begin.
- A photocopy of the original license.
- Number and expiration date of a valid passport.
- Three photographs, passport size.
As these requirements are subject to change, prospective applicants are urged to contact LCRA well in advance of the planned operation to learn the latest procedures.
All amateur bands available in the U.S. are also available in Colombia. There are no phone bands enforced by the government, but phone operators avoid using the bottom 100 kHz of the HF bands (40kHz on 40 meters) by gentleman's agreement in order to leave these portions clear for CW. The power limit is 2000 watts PEP.
The Czech Republic does not hold a reciprocal licensing agreement with the United States. This does not mean, however, that it is always impossible for American amateurs to be licensed there. You may obtain an operating permit if you give ample time, 6 months if possible, for the authorities to consider and process your request.
The name of the IARU member society in the Faroe Islands:
Djibouti has not entered into a reciprocal operating agreement with the United States. According to the IARU-member society, however, US amateurs are licensed on a case-by-case basis. We may also guest operate any J2 station under the supervision of the license.
- A Xerox copy of your valid U.S.A amateur license.
- Two passport size photos (2'X2').
- Photo copy of first page of your Passport, if you have one.
- Photo copy of your ARRL membership certificate.
Hand carry or Federal Express the above mentioned documents to:
Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaiones
Ave. Abraham Lincoln 962
Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana
We are told that if you hand carry your documents to the above address and present them along with the fee, you should hear something from her in about three days (usually a call to your hotel to tell you that the permit is ready).
For additional information contact the Dominican Republic IARU Society.
The application fee is US$25.00 (cash). If you are paying by check, there is a surcharge of US$2.00; hence, the total cost for your license (with the payment by check) would be US$27.00.
They want a copy of your current amateur radio license and also a copy of your passport page for ID. The original (J7) license can be picked up at any port of entry on the island upon your arrival; let them know that port of entry. A copy of the original (J7) license can be faxed to you upon request.
In order to pick up the original (J7) license at the port of entry, your payment should have been made prior to your arrival. If you do not intend to pick up your amateur license at the port of entry, it must be collected at the Ministry of Communications, Government Headquarters, in Roseau.
The address is:
National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission
2nd Floor, 42-2 Kennedy Avenue
Commonwealth of Dominica
The gentleman in charge of licensing is:
George A. James
His email address is:
73 Karl N1DL
Encl: application form
The IARU member society is: