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Moving to Malta...help!

So my partner has been offered a job in Malta, we would be moving in January time. I wanted to start looking into to absolute everything before we go.

What are the best places to rent? Do i require any visas/permits?

What are the chances of myself getting a job or arranging a job before i move.

What are the costs of gas/electricity/bills.

I would like to know absolute everything there is to know does anyone have any good websites to look at or first hand experience from anyone?

Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance :)

Hello,

If you have another language than English, it should be easy for you to find a job in casino.

Regarding the flat, i will telle you this is better to visit before. So take a airbnb before and visit directly after your arrival.

You have agency fees wiwh is and half rent and also one month deposit usually.

The better is to know also your partner job location because the buses are really awful here. The schedule is not respoecting and you can be late. Malta is great by foot, so ive where you work or not far this is my advice.

If you are european, no visa needed, but outside europe yes.

The internet is beetween 40 and 60 month depend the speed you need.

Electricity and water bill are near 80 euro per month if you are not resident for 2 people.

Please contact me if you have additonnal question.

The buses aren't great but I wouldn't call them 'really awful'. Depends on the route, and they are inexpensive with the Tallinja card (for which you need an address)- 75 cents a trip, good for up to an hour and a half, transfers included. In the summer months they are severely overcrowded in some parts of the island, but I think summer is dreadful in general :).

You will find answers to your questions by reading all the different threads on here, most of the questions have been asked many times before.
Have you visited Malta, if not it would be a good idea before you decide to move here.
Good luck

If you are going to use the buses on Malta / Gozo then I would apply for a Tallinja card now as it takes ages to get them, anything from 1 - 2 months.
As to how good the service is it's depends on what you are used to. Rural routes in UK are abysmal compared to Malta so we thought it was good but as previously stated, they can be crowded.
Ray

RayAucote :

If you are going to use the buses on Malta / Gozo then I would apply for a Tallinja card now as it takes ages to get them, anything from 1 - 2 months.
As to how good the service is it's depends on what you are used to. Rural routes in UK are abysmal compared to Malta so we thought it was good but as previously stated, they can be crowded.
Ray

Our Tallinea cards took less than a week. We applied this July.

I don't use the bus as I don't like public transport, I prefer to walk. And for further distances we've got our car, makes things easier with the stroller and all the stuff for the kids.. But I think the service isn't that bad, at least as long as you aren't in a hurry - but then that's the same with public transport in many places, not just Malta.. With the Tallinea card it's fairly cheap, google it and you get prices etc.

For your other questions, I suggest you browse through the forum here, or check out facebook pages for expats in Malt, and you'll get lots of first-hand answers to general questions. Then if you have any specific questions I'm sure all the great, helpful people on this site can help :-)

RayAucote :

If you are going to use the buses on Malta / Gozo then I would apply for a Tallinja card now as it takes ages to get them, anything from 1 - 2 months.
As to how good the service is it's depends on what you are used to. Rural routes in UK are abysmal compared to Malta so we thought it was good but as previously stated, they can be crowded.
Ray

Have not heard of the Tallinja cards taking as long as 1 - 2 months, the residency cards can.

GozoMo :
RayAucote :

If you are going to use the buses on Malta / Gozo then I would apply for a Tallinja card now as it takes ages to get them, anything from 1 - 2 months.
As to how good the service is it's depends on what you are used to. Rural routes in UK are abysmal compared to Malta so we thought it was good but as previously stated, they can be crowded.
Ray

Have not heard of the Tallinja cards taking as long as 1 - 2 months, the residency cards can.

After 4 weeks I emailed but only got the automated reply and after a couple more weeks I phoned Malta and then a couple of weeks later our 2 cards arrived in same post but different envelopes only posted 2 days before.
Looking forward to using them soon.  :)
Ray

Got my tal-linja card within a week of applying online .

bernie_iris_fabian_david :
RayAucote :

If you are going to use the buses on Malta / Gozo then I would apply for a Tallinja card now as it takes ages to get them, anything from 1 - 2 months.
As to how good the service is it's depends on what you are used to. Rural routes in UK are abysmal compared to Malta so we thought it was good but as previously stated, they can be crowded.
Ray

Our Tallinea cards took less than a week. We applied this July.

I don't use the bus as I don't like public transport, I prefer to walk. And for further distances we've got our car, makes things easier with the stroller and all the stuff for the kids.. But I think the service isn't that bad, at least as long as you aren't in a hurry - but then that's the same with public transport in many places, not just Malta.. With the Tallinea card it's fairly cheap, google it and you get prices etc.

For your other questions, I suggest you browse through the forum here, or check out facebook pages for expats in Malt, and you'll get lots of first-hand answers to general questions. Then if you have any specific questions I'm sure all the great, helpful people on this site can help :-)

We are not in Malta though so that was possibly why.  :)

Ray

GozoMo :
RayAucote :

If you are going to use the buses on Malta / Gozo then I would apply for a Tallinja card now as it takes ages to get them, anything from 1 - 2 months.
As to how good the service is it's depends on what you are used to. Rural routes in UK are abysmal compared to Malta so we thought it was good but as previously stated, they can be crowded.
Ray

Have not heard of the Tallinja cards taking as long as 1 - 2 months, the residency cards can.

I have got the residency cards to look forward to.   At least that's done in person, not online.
Ray

I think the expat sites are the best. I think my family will be making a vlog of our move, and settling down in Malta, it's just one of those place with so few people it can be hard to find the information.

I sorted my apartment out before I came over with remax who were very helpful and it was easy however I had a friend who was able to take a look at it for me before we signed the lease. Regarding buses I wouldn't say they are awful at all you just need to be organised with your time as sometimes they are late but they are fairly regular it depends on the route too.
My tallinja card came in around a week after applying online.
ID cards are no problem either my advice to you is be organised with your paperwork and arrive at the ID office at 07.30 when they open and you will have no problem.
The key over here is to be organised and a little patient and things usually happen well

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