Fast & Easy Yacht Registration in Malta

Welcome to our website dedicated to everything related to yacht registration in Malta. Malta has created a registration process that is very easy for everyone to use.  When you are ready to register, as long as you have all the right documents, it should only take approximately 2 business days to complete.

You will receive a 6-month provisional registration in order to complete the documentation.  This might be a deletion certificate in which the previous owner states that the yacht is no longer registered in Malta.  As long as you can provide the proper documentation, the Maltese Registrar of Ships will issue a permanent registration to the new owner once the 6-month provisional registration has expired.  If you do not have all documentation, you will be given an additional 6-month extension to collect all needed documents.

 


Below are the documents which are required for your provisional application:

  • A Malta yacht registration application
  • A Declaration of Ownership
  • Keep in mind, you will have to provide an international tonnage certificate if your yacht is longer than 24 meters. If you only have a copy, that will be fine.
  • Any requested or required technical information must be provided.
  • If your yacht is properly equipped, you will need a radio license application as well.

You will be given a Certificate of Malta Registry once all steps have been completed. This certification is proof that your yacht is properly registered in Malta.

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PRIVATE YACHT REGISTRATION

In order to register your yacht permanently under the Maltese flag, you must provide specific documents within six months from provisional registration.

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COMMERCIAL YACHT REGISTRATION

The operation of commercially registered yachts for chartering purposes using a Maltese company (using a Maltese International Trading Company) is very tax advantageous.

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YACHT LEASING & VAT SCHEME

The Maltese VAT department has guidelines on VAT payment applicable to yacht leasing: a Maltese company purchases a yacht, enters into a lease-sale of the yacht with a 3rd party.

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The Financial Advantages of Yacht Registration Malta

If you own a business which provides yachts for commercial use and generates an income from these yachts, you are entitled to an income tax exemption. Your exemption is based on the annual tonnage tax, which is calculated using the yearly registration fee of your yacht and its gross tonnage.

If you have a commercial yacht for the sole purpose of transporting passengers, your company will have a VAT exemption on all maintenance costs and supplies for the yacht. Also, if you earn an income from a chartering business, you will not be charged a VAT.

If your commercial yacht is not eligible for an income tax exemption, you might be able to claim an income tax rate that is less than 5%. If the commercial operations of the yacht resulted in a foreign income tax that had to be paid, you can use it as a credit to lower your Maltese income tax rate. Your rate might be as low as 0%.

 

The Republic of Malta is an archipelago consisting of three inhabited islands Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Maltese islands are situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea about 100 km South of Italy. Learn what is required to establish a company in the Republic of Malta.

Client Testimonials

"Our company has used Malta Yacht Registrations several times to register our commercial ships under the Maltese flag, and we have nothing but good things to say about the level of service they provided. Everything was done quick and easy without any headache. We were so impressed that we have even used their parent company for several other legal services we needed help with. We highly recommend this company for yacht registration in Malta!"

- Elias Cassar

"We were lucky enough to stumble across this site when searching the internet for help registering a clients yacht in Malta. This is a very important client to us so we needed to find a company that we could trust to handle the registration process from start to finish. This was the only company that responded to my emails and answered my questions regarding the fees associated with yacht registration. I am so happy we found this company."

- Denzel Aquilina