Malta, even if it is a small country, attracts many foreign investors due to its pro-business facilities and the tax-friendly environment for those wanting to make long-term investments. However, Malta has limitations or requires special permits or licenses for some types of businesses or for foreigners wanting to buy properties in the country. Among the businesses requiring licenses, there are the tourism accommodation facilities or companies involved in handling foodstuff.
According to the Department of Commerce, there are some requirements for Maltese companies involved in manufacturing or engineering activities. These types of companies must obtain a special permit from the Trade Licensing Directorate. Before receiving the license, companies must abide by regulations regarding environmental and waste control. Before applying for the trade license, companies must obtain all necessary permits from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA).
Trading licenses are required for companies operating with food and drinks, but also for beauty salons, spa and fitness facilities. Before applying for the trade license, these types of companies must obtain a No Objection Declaration from the Environmental Health Directorate.
The documents that must be submitted with the Trade Licensing Directorate are:
The application is submitted online and it takes about 10 days for the trading license to be released.
For catering businesses, a special license, called catering establishment license from the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA), must be issued and it takes around 20 days to be released.
The first step for obtaining the catering establishment permit is to submit an application form with the MTA. The following documents must also be submitted with the MTA:
Upon submitting these documents, the MTA will issue the Tourism Compliance Certificate.
The final step for receiving the catering establishment license will be to submit all the relevant documents with the Licensing Administration department in the MTA:
Catering venues must also file an application with the Department of Environmental Health for a food safety certificate.
The tourism permit is part of the category of special licenses issued by the Malta Tourism Authority. The following types of businesses in Malta require tourism licenses: outgoing and incoming tourism agents, excursion organizers and destination management companies.
The following documents must be submitted in order to receive a tourism permit in Malta:
Other documents providing the specific or the company or operator may be requested also.
After all the documents have been filed, the MTA must inspect the location before allowing the company to start operating.
According to the Acquisition of Immovable Property Act, foreign citizens who want to buy a property in Malta must file a request for an AIP permit. Issuing an AIP permit in Malta takes up to 35 days and it is conditioned by the following:
In order to receive the Maltese AIP permit, the buyer must submit two passport-sized photographs, copy of the passport, copy of the pre-sale contract and a receipt proving the fee payment.
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