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Living in Malta guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Malta with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Valletta is thе picturesque capital сіtу of thе small іѕlаnd nаtіоn of Malta. It has a rich history and culture that expats can enjoy.

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  • Thе Mаltеѕе сrоѕѕ іѕ a symbolic emblem linked to the great history of thе іѕlаnd оf Mаltа, whісh саmе tо be thе hоmе оf the Knіghtѕ оf St. Jоhn.

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  • Mаltа іѕ a ѕоvеrеіgn nation that gаіnеd its іndереndеnсе frоm Brіtаіn іn 1964. It has since functioned as a Democratic Republic.

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  • Malta has a lot to offer to tourists with some intriguing facts that many are unaware of.

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  • Situated at the highest point of the island of Malta and far away from the sea, the history of Mdina goes back to over 4000 years.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Malta is popular with expats, not only in terms of professional opportunities, but also for retirement. It offers a laid back lifestyle and warm climate.

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  • European Union nationals are exempt from the visa requirement to travel to Malta. All pets must be microchipped to be brought into Malta.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Malta is the EUs smallest member state, yet the country has been one of the most desirable locations for foreigners to move to owing to several factors

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  • Whether you wish to stay or work in Malta for more than three months, you are required to apply for a resident or work permit.

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  • If you intend to travel to Malta, you can choose from the following visas: airport transit visa, short-stay visa or long-stay visa.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Over the years, Malta has become a top destination for many young students and professionals looking for work experience abroad.

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  • Sliema is above all a tourist city, but you can still find a job there provided you have the required qualifications and skills.

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  • Located North to Valletta, Saint Julian's is a rather dynamic city. There are a range of jobs available, from businesses geared towards tourism to iGaming.

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  • Besides Malta and Comino, the Maltese archipelago also includes Gozo which does provide some professional opportunities.

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  • As Malta's capital city, Valletta is very welcoming to foreigners looking for professional opportunities in the archipelago.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Malta has become an attractive destination for expats wishing to invest in a real estate property abroad thanks to numerous incentives.

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  • Sliema has become a popular area for expats looking fro accommodation in Malta, which has driven up prices, though they remain affordable.

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  • Saint Julian's is a very popular and dynamic Maltese city where you should not have much trouble finding accommodation.

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  • If you wish to relocate in a rural environment with a rich natural landscape, Gozo can be the ideal destination, providing a range of accommodation.

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  • Being Malta's economic and cultural center, Valletta is popular with expats looking for accommodation in the island nation.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Despite being the world's smallest archipelago, every year Malta attracts many foreign students wishing to complete their higher studies there.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Malta hosts a developed health care system consisting of public hospitals and private clinics. You can also find health centers and drugstores everywhere.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Malta is rather simple and can even be compulsory in some cases, especially if you intend to become a resident.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • You are perhaps already aware that Maltese tax rates are rather low. Temporary residents, for their part, do not have to pay tax in Malta.

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  • On the 1st October 2012 Legal notice L.N. 317 of 2012 INCOME TAX ACT (CAP. 123) Malta Retirement Programme Rules, 2012 was published.

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  • The following article gives a brief overview on the procedure and purchase terms for real estate in Malta.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • As Malta is the world's smallest archipelago, local authorities have set up a developed and efficient transport network so as to ease travelling.

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  • Stretching over a square kilometer only, Valletta is the Maltese capital city which hosts a fair transports network for all.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • When moving to Malta, you would perhaps want to drive, but you will have to exchange your national driver's license into a local one.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Travelling to Malta with your pet requires appropriate planning: rabies vaccination, electronic microchip, health certificate, etc..

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  • Relocating to Malta requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Once you have settled in Malta, you will probably need a phone line and Internet connection. This should not be complicated at all.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Despite being the world's smallest archipelago, Malta provides a range of leisure activities that expats can enjoy while living there.

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  • The Maltese population is generally very sociable and attached to their family. Their lifestyle is enhanced by several cultural events and festivals.

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  • The schooling system in Malta has been modelled on the Bristish system.

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