Host Family Application

Updated: 23.03.2020

Host Family

"Host family" means the person in whose name the licence for the accommodation of tourists has been issued and who resides in any building, howsoever described, not being a hotel, guest house, hostel or holiday premises, which is normally used for the permanent or temporary habitation of the licensee and is used or intended to be used for the concurrent habitation of guests;

An application can be filed online by following the link:


Chapter 409- Travel and Tourism Services Act-

Subsidiary Legislation 409.10- Host Family Accommodation Regulations-

Documents needed with application

  • Identity Card - copy of both sides
  •  Layout Plan or Sketch plan of the whole premises with a detailed description of all rooms, and further indicating bedrooms and bathrooms (with measurements) which are to be used by Tourists; (not required if submitted previous year/s and no amendments have been affected on the premises).
  • Recent Police Conduct (required for year of duration of Licence).
  • A written declaration that the applicant has a good command of the English language is a must (not required if submitted in the previous year)
  • Signature /no Objection of Husband, Wife or Legal Partner of applicant.
  • Signature /no Objection of Parents, if Son/Daughter over the age of 18 is applying.
  • If Premises is leased - written permission from Landlords



Within forty-five (45) days from the date of receipt of a complete application, the Authority shall determine whether to issue a licence. This period may, prior to the expiry of the relevant period, be extended by the Authority for one period of not more than sixty (60) days. Such extension and the reasons behind it shall be notified to the applicant without delay.


Incomplete Application Forms

In the case of an incomplete application form, the Authority shall, without delay, inform the applicant of the need to supply any additional information or documentation, or of the need to conduct any interviews or inspection.
Nonetheless, when the Authority has not determined whether to issue a licence to an applicant, within the periods mentioned above, such applicant shall not be deemed, for all intents and purposes of law, to be licensed.


Means of Redress or Appeal

Any person who feels aggrieved by a decision of the Authority, as provided in article 14(1) of Chapter 409- Travel and Tourism Services Act, may appeal to the Tourism Appeals Board, on payment of the prescribed fee within fifteen (15) days from the date the decision on which the appeal is entered is communicated to the person concerned. Appeals should be addressed to: Dr. Lynn Faure (Tourism Appeals Board Secretary) Attention Mr. Paul Pace (Director Corporate Services)- Ministry for Tourism & Consumer Protection, 233, Republic Street Valletta VLT 1116, Malta.

Department ResponsibleMTA Licensing Department

Contact Persons:       

Mr. Kevin Fsadni - Director Product Development Directorate & Licensing
Tel: 22915600

Mr. Malcolm Zerafa - Manager Licensing
Tel: 22915717

General Enquiries -
Tel: 22915000


Authority: Malta Tourism Authority