Guidance

Living in Malta

Official information British people moving to and living in Malta need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.

Brexit: what you need to know

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 Brexit, 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.

See moving or retiring abroad.

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.

Healthcare

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.

In an emergency you can go directly to Mater Dei Hospital or Gozo General Hospital.

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.

You can find English-speaking doctors in Malta. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Malta.

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

See working in another EU country.

You can check if your qualifications are recognised 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.

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

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.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

If you haven’t worked in Malta, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

Malta’s Department of Social Security has information on pensions and benefits in Malta and an international relations unit.

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.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

You may be eligible to claim some Maltese social security benefits. Malta’s Department of Social Security has information on benefits in Malta and an international relations unit.

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

See driving abroad and road travel in Malta.

See driving licence renewal and exchange and taking a vehicle out of the UK.

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.

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Malta, you can vote in local municipal and European Parliamentary Elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

Emergencies

The emergency number in Malta is 112.

If you need urgent help, contact the British High Commission Malta.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

See renting and buying property in Malta.

Returning to the UK

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

Before leaving Malta, contact:

You should inform your child’s school you’re leaving well in advance, so they can organise any documents the new school needs.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

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.

Published 28 April 2016
Last updated 12 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
  2. Updated October 2017
  3. First published.