Living in Malta
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- 28 April 2016
Guidance for British nationals about benefits, health Care, education, driving licences and other useful information about living in Malta
This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Malta, including British and Maltese pension and benefits entitlements, and vehicle and driving licence laws.
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 being the first option for non-emergency consultation.
Where possible you should register at your nearest health centre to save time later. You can find the opening times from the General Practitioners Service online. You should attend the health centre of your catchment area. Persons without any identity card or passport will not normally be attended to.
In emergencies you can also go directly to Mater Dei Hospital
British nationals are entitled to educate their children in Malta. For more information about the education system in Malta visit the Maltese government website.
If both parents are in employment, the children may be eligible to use the free childcare scheme. This is valid for children from 3 months to 3 years. The compulsory age for schooling is from 5 years.
Employment and recognised qualifications
All British Citizens are permitted to work in Malta. Most employers request a certificate of good conduct available from your local Police force.
Diplomas and university degrees from the UK are recognised in Malta.
Entry and residence requirements
Visit the information on moving to Malta on the Maltese government website for advice on moving to Malta.
Benefits and pensions
You may be entitled to some benefits from the UK if you are living abroad. See UK benefits if you’re going or living abroad.
If you are planning to retire abroad, please see moving or retiring abroad.
Driving licences and vehicles
Driving in Malta is similar to driving in the UK.
You are able to drive in Malta using your UK driving licence as long as it is still in date. It is advised to exchange your licence to a Maltese one if you plan on taking up residency in Malta.
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 will be able to guide you on the medication you can bring into Malta.
Property and property disputes
See the Maltese government information about buying and renting property in Malta.
See the Maltese government information about the history and culture of Malta.
Contact the Identity Management Office about the process of cancelling the e-Residence card on 21226627/8 or freephone: 80072328 .
Gattard House, Blata L-Bajda.
Customer Care Office (GOZO):
28A St. Francis Square,
Telephone: 21556317 Email: email@example.com
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. Further information can be obtained in person at the following address:
Social Security Department
At: 38 Ordinance Street, Valletta VLT 1021
Contact the Inland Revenue Service for information about any formalities that need to be completed on 2296 2296 or freephone 8007 2297.
All utility accounts in Malta are handled by Automated Revenue Management Services (ARMS), a company jointly owned by Enemalta and WSC.
ARMS customer service telephone number: 8007 2222
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 embassy or 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.
Depending on the destination, some animals may require a period of quarantine. 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 and by approved routes.
This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.
Published: 28 April 2016