Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Malta.
Read this page in combination with the guidance for the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The authoritative source for Malta’s market regulations is the Maltese government. This guidance links to official sources in Malta wherever possible.
Trade and services regulations in Malta
If you’re a UK business providing services in Malta, you’ll need to follow specific regulations about:
- getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
- complying with specific local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
Malta’s e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out what you need to know about providing services in Malta
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Malta to help you comply with specific regulations.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
To sell or provide services to customers in Malta, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.
Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.
Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to Malta. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.
VAT on sales of digital services
To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.
Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Malta
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Malta or any other EEA country.
For information about setting up and running a business in Malta, visit Business First.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to EEA countries and Switzerland.
Ownership of legal firms in Malta
UK legal professionals who have investments in law firms in Malta should contact the Chamber of Advocates Malta for information.
Business travel and entry requirements
UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation. Check if you need a visa or permit for Europe.
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.
Social security payments for employees
Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Malta.
Recognition of professional qualifications
To check what you need to do in Malta, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Malta, these sources can help you:
- Maltese NARIC, the information centre for the recognition of professional qualifications
- the Maltese single point of contact on the Business First website
The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:
- professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
- UK professionals seeking to practise overseas
UK statutory auditors working in Malta
For UK statutory auditors, the Accountancy Board Malta should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Malta
If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Malta, using either a professional title from Malta or the UK, you should contact the local bar association in the region in which you are working or the Chamber of Advocates Malta for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from Malta to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.
As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with organisations in Malta that transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.
Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.