Official information British people moving to and living in Malta need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.
EU exit: what you need to know
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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Malta while the UK remains in the EU.
While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:
Before you go
See our travel advice for Malta and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for Malta in our travel advice.
If you plan to remain in Malta for more than 3 months, you must contact the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs to apply for residency. The Malta government will issue you an identity card once you are registered.
See more information about visas and residency on the Malta government website.
The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.
See our travel advice for Malta.
The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Malta.
You should register at your nearest health centre where you can make GP appointments. You will need to bring an identity card or passport.
You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.
S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK
You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Malta and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.
You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pensions Centre.
Working in Malta
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
You may also be required to provide a Maltese conduct certificate.
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Malta. See list of English-speaking lawyers.
See the Maltese inland revenue department for information on tax.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
If you haven’t worked in Malta, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.
If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
Driving in Malta
If you are resident in Malta, you will not be able to renew a lost, stolen or expired licence with the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You should apply to Transport Malta for a renewal or replacement. They will issue you a Maltese licence.
Once you’re resident in Malta, your imported car must have Maltese number plates.
Transport Malta has more information about driving in Malta.
If you’re resident in Malta, you can vote in local municipal and European Parliamentary Elections.
See travelling with pets.
UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.
If you need urgent help, contact the British High Commission Malta.
Accommodation and buying property
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Before leaving Malta, contact:
- the Identity Management Office to cancel your residency permit
- the Social Security Department to end any benefits
- the Malta Inland Revenue to complete any tax-related formalities
- the Automated Revenue Management Services (ARMS) to cancel utilities
- Transport Malta to organise vehicle export
You should inform your child’s school you’re leaving well in advance, so they can organise any documents the new school needs.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Maltese authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.