Moving to Malta

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Malta, is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Malta.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials, a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your move easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to Malta. For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; British High Commission in Malta.

Overall

Population; 398,534 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)

Geography; total area: 316 sq km. Terrain; mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs.

Climate; Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers

Language; Maltese (official), English (official)

Currency; Maltese lira (MTL)

Government ; republic

Religion; Roman Catholic 98%

Economy and Jobs

Work permit; UK/EEA nationals have the right to live and work in Malta without a work permit. UK/EEA nationals working in Malta have the same rights as Maltese nationals with regard to pay, working conditions and access to housing, vocational training, social security and trade union membership. Families and immediate dependants are entitled to join them and have similar rights.

Finding work; Those looking for work could should register with the Public Employment Services-Employment and Training Corporation at Hal Far. Alternatively the Maltese State Employment Service Internet homepage: www.etc.gov.mt contains an online vacancy database that can be searched by industry, occupation and region as well as a CV Search facility. Job vacancies are also advertised in trade magazines and newspapers such as the English-language The Times.

Social security; Your social security rights in Malta are the same as those that apply elsewhere within the EEA. When you start work in Malta, you will contribute to the Maltese social security system and consequently, gain the right to benefits.
Social security in Malta is administered by Department of Social Security. The Social Security Scheme provides sick pay and Pensions. Employer and employee contribute to the scheme in near equal proportions.

Moving to Malta

Pets and animals; Malta is now a member of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter Malta without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements. The pet must be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies and blood tested, and can be brought into Malta only after six months have elapsed after a satisfactory blood test.

Cars; If you import your own car to Malta from an EU member state, there is no VAT payable, as long as the car is more than 6 months old, or has been used for at least 6000 km.
Registration tax and VAT are payable, but those gaining permanent residence status benefit from reduced rates on these. Full CIF VAT, Registration Tax and VAT are payable on new cars brought into Malta, and customs duty must also be paid on cars originating from non-EU countries. The Licensing and Testing Directorate must be notified of any vehicles brought into Malta within one week of arrival, and they must be registered within one month.

Living In Malta

Renting; There are many residential properties possibilities such as apartments, hotels, guest houses, hostels or villas. There are no restrictions for foreigners to rent apartments. As a rule electric, water and telephone expenses are charged in addition to the rent. Though no charge is made for rent contracts, usually one month's rent is requested in advance to cover possible repair or unpaid bills, however it is refunded at the end of the contract.
There is also a wide range of properties available to buy in Malta. Non-nationals may not own more than one property and any house or flat they buy must be worth a minimum of LM 30,000 for a flat and LM40,000 for a house. The Association of Malta Estate Agents may be able to provide a list of properties for sale and/or to let. The Acquisition of Immovable Property Section at the Ministry of Finance can provide information on permits for the purchase of property in Malta.

Education; For British families moving to Malta, to continue your or your child's education, there are two main possibilities. Firstly it is possible to study within the Maltese system and the second option is to study at an international school, where it may be possible to follow either a UK or international curriculum.

Health; In Malta, the Government provides a comprehensive health service to all Maltese residents that is entirely free at the point of delivery. This health service is funded from general taxation. All residents have access to preventive, investigative, curative and rehabilitative services in Government Health Centres and Hospitals. Persons with a low income are 'means tested' by the Department of Social Security. If they qualify for assistance, they receive a card, which entitles them to free pharmaceuticals. Moreover, a person who suffers from one or more of a specified list of chronic diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis) is also entitled to receive free treatment for his/her ailment, irrespective of financial means.
Private health services exist alongside the Government service.