Direct Yacht Importation

Direct Yacht Importation

Direct Yacht Importation

Malta, the smallest European Union member state, is an island of stability with a welcoming innovative mind-set and a proven record of economic success. Malta enjoys a stable political climate and a bi-partisan political scene that is largely convergent on issues of national and economic importance. The country is ideally located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea and acts as a perfect bridge between Europe and other continents. Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and of the Schengen Area since 2007. Malta is a signatory to all the major maritime conventions. 

Country Highlights

CAPITAL CITY: VallettaLANGUAGES: Maltese, English
SCHENGEN: Full Member Since 2007CURRENCY: Euro €
TOTAL AREA: 316 km²POPULATION: 417,432
NEAREST COUNTRY: Italy, 255 kmTIME ZONE: Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

Legal Basis

Given that Malta is a member of the EU, once a yacht is imported into Malta and therefore satisfies the VAT requirements, such a yacht can enjoy free circulation in the European Union. Malta has a VAT rate of 18%, which is the lowest rate in the EU for a non-land-locked state. 


  • Free Circulation in the EU 
  • Yacht is VAT Paid 
  • Low VAT Rate


  • Any vessel which is currently non-VAT paid 
  • No restrictions attached to the flag


  • Vessel must visit Malta 
  • Vessel must be used for pleasure purposes 

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Dr Charlene Mifsud

Partner, Corporate & Commercial

+356 2205 6298

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Senior Partner, Tax & Immigration

+356 22056111

Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker

Senior Partner, Corporate, Tax & Immigration

+356 22056122

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