Guidance for British nationals about benefits, health Care, education, driving licences and other useful information about living in Malta
There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Malta while the UK remains in the EU. What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU.
If you are a British citizen or British subject with right of abode in the UK, you do not require a visa to enter Malta. Other British nationals should confirm the current entry requirements with their nearest Maltese High Commission or Embassy.
A valid British passport must be held for entry to and exit from Malta. There is no minimum passport validity requirement but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your visit. This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Malta, including healthcare, British and Maltese pension and benefits entitlements, and vehicle and driving licence laws.
Entry and residence requirements
Basic entry requirements for Malta.
The process for establishing residency in Malta by an EU citizen follows the same basic principles as seen throughout the EU. More information can be found on the official website of the European Union.
If you intend to remain in Malta for a period exceeding 3 months, you must contact the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs to apply for residency. After three months in Malta, applying for residency is essential if you wish to access various services in Malta, such as free healthcare.
Employment and recognised qualifications
As members of the EU, all British Citizens are permitted to work in Malta. The majority of diplomas; university degrees and other qualifications from the UK are recognised in Malta. To confirm your qualification is recognised please contact the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) on:
Tel: +356 2381 0000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many employers request a “Certificate of Good Conduct”, similar to the UK Criminal Records Check.
If you need the Maltese Conduct Certificate is required you will need to obtain a Conduct Certificate by calling personally at the Criminal Records Office at the Police General Headquarters in Floriana. You can contact them on:
Tel: +356 2294 2261 Email: email@example.com
If you require the UK Criminal Record Check you will need to go through the Disclosure Scotland website.
British nationals are entitled to educate their children in Malta. For more information and the education system in Malta click here.
If both parents are in employment, the children may be eligible to use the free childcare scheme. This is valid from 3 months to 3 years.
Compulsory age for schooling is from 5 years.
British nationals can access the health services in much the same way as in the UK. There is a choice of private or public healthcare with the publicly run Health Centres, offering General Practitioner (GP) services, being the first port of call for non-emergency consultation.
Where possible you should register at your nearest Health Centres to save time later. Details for your local Health Centre and its opening times may be found here. Persons without any identity card or passport will not normally be attended to.
In emergencies you can also go directly to Mater Dei Hospital.
The NHS also has further information on accessing healthcare in Malta.
Benefits and pensions
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them here.
For information on how to the UK State Pension you need to contact the International Pension Centre. Find out how moving or retiring abroad affects your pension - and how to claim it.
In January 2011, EU regulations regarding eligibility for social security schemes were extended to include non-EU nationals. In practice, this means that any foreign person living legally in Malta and who has made social security contributions either through employment or self-employment may be entitled to social security protection.
For information about the full range of Pensions, Benefits, Grants and Help available from Malta visit the Department of Social Security website.
Driving licences and vehicles
You are able to drive in Malta using a valid UK driving licence to own and lease a vehicle and for insurance purposes. It is advised to exchange your licence to a Maltese one if you plan on taking up residency in Malta.
You can find out more about owning and using a vehicle on the Transport Malta Website.
Requirements to open a bank account may vary from one bank to another. Make sure you take the following with you:
Proof of ID (passport/ID card)
Proof of residency (utility bill/contract of lease of property)
Proof of income (letter from your employer)
Guidance on bringing medication into country
The Maltese High Commission London may be able to guide you on medication brought into Malta.
Alternatively you may contact the Customs Department at Malta International Airport.
You will find some useful information about buying and renting property in Malta here.
See the Maltese government information about the history and culture of Malta.
Residence Permits Contact the Identity Management Office about the process of cancelling the e-Residence card.
Malta Tel: +356 21226627/8 Freephone: 8007 2328
Gozo Tel: +356 21556317 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools Inform the school that the child will be leaving the school permanently. This should be done well in advance so that any necessary formalities can be completed. The school can provide documents that may be required in the new destination school.
Tax and Social Security Inform the Department of Social Security. EU citizens moving to another EU country may be able to transfer any benefits accrued on the island. You should contact the Inland Revenue Service for information about any formalities that need to be completed:
Tel: +356 22962296 Freephone: 8007 2297 Email: email@example.com
Utilities Utility accounts may be closed by contacting the Automated Revenue Management Services (ARMS):
Tel: 8007 2222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank Accounts Speak to the branch where the account was opened. You may need to make an appointment and take identification documents.
Exporting a Vehicle Vehicles registered in Malta may leave the country with the Maltese licence plates. Contact the local Consulate for information on registration procedures and local regulations in the destination country. Anyone who wishes to export their vehicle should fill in form VEH06 confirming the date the vehicle will be taken out of the country.
Exporting Pets Most domestic pets require documentation before they can travel. The EU Pet Passport covers dogs, cats and ferrets for movement in Europe and the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows qualifying domestic pets to travel to and from the UK without a period of quarantine. As a general rule animals have to travel in approved containers.
For moving pets between EU Member States: Phone: 356 22925367 / 22925172 / 22925216
For more info and to apply, please visit the Pets Travel Scheme website: http://agriculture.gov.mt/en/vprd/Pages/travel_petmalta.aspx