Some tips if you come to live in Malta:
-Do not close your bank account until you have it operational here. It’s not always an easy or fast process. Ask your bank for a recommendation document and bank statement proving your economic solvency.
-ID, of course. It’s your most important European document. Malta is part of the European Union and if you are a European citizen you will have no problem. If your stay is going to be long we recommend managing the green card.
-If you have health insurance, try adapting it to your new situation. If you don’t have it, the European Medical Card will cover medical emergencies for a while. It is very easy to obtain, but you have to ask for it and it takes some time, but it gives a lot of peace of mind and, in case of accident or need, saves a lot of money.
-Rent a temporary accommodation for a couple of weeks that will serve as a base until you find your ideal apartment, or your room in a shared apartment. It’s not easy to get to Malta and find where to sleep is the same night if it’s not in a hotel, and you can still get a nasty surprise.
-If you have a car and want to bring it, ask the Embassy what it takes. Importing the car is usually expensive because of local traffic taxes.
If you are a student you can ask permission for the renewable 6-month car, as long as you can justify that you are still studying.
-If you are living here you will have more than enough time to visit the island, but do not stop doing our Free tours of Valletta, Mdina and The Dark Side of Valletta to understand much better maltese culture and its history, as well as many peculiarities and secrets.
In addition, some visits such as Comino, a Port Cruise or prehistoric temples are never too much, as they make it easier for you to visit that you can even repeat with friends, offer you a different experience (the island is very small and you have to entertain yourself in some way) and help you understand details that matter how long you take here, you will not learn unless it is with a guide or studying specifically for that.
-Don’t bring too many things. Finding a stable apartment in Malta is complicated, especially until you don’t have a steady job, so the fewer things you have in your suitcase, the less you’ll have to move. And on the island we have everything essential to live.
-If you are looking for work these are some of the pages that can help you: www.keepmeposted.com.mt, www.maltajobs.com.mt, www.jobsinmalta.com, www.careerjet,com.mt or https://jobsplus.gov.mt/
If you have a good level of English and a good level of studies and /or experience you can look for jobs related to computer science and aviation. But in these cases it’s almost better to search from your country and arrive with work
And there is always an offer in hospitality, of course in a country where one of the main income is tourism.
-The island of Malta is not large but it is not very well connected, so either you get a car or you are looking for a well connected house. The best areas are obviously the most expensive: Sliema, San Julians, Swieqi… . But if not affordable we will find other well connected areas such as Msida, Gzira, San Gwann… where we find cheaper houses and the vehicular language remains English.
The further we move away from these areas, the cheaper housing tends to be, but mobility is complicated and the vehicular language can predominantly be Maltese.
-Once in Malta the first thing would be to drop by the Embassy of your country, to register and where they can help you with the procedures that you are missing. If you come from other non-European countries the procedures are more complicated… so we advise you to take a good look. This section is too short for all variants depending on the country, sorry.
-In Malta there is no supply of natural gas. It is normal to have portable gas stoves or air conditioners that heat up in winter and cool in summer. And avoid electric heaters or air-conditioned houses only, as the price of electricity in Malta is high. At least one gas stove per house, and better one for each room you expect to heat.
To get hold of the gas cylinders you only have to wait for the truck that distributes them to wake you up in the morning or get hold of the phone number of some of these companies, some of which they distribute on an individual level. The system is simple in both cases: they make you pay for the bottle and an extra if you don’t give them an old one. This extra is a deposit that will be returned to you the day you return the bottle.
-When renting in Malta it is normal to pay one or two months (two especially if you have pets) deposit and pay an extra for electricity and water in advance, which will be compensated when the bill arrives. Invoices usually arrive every 2 months, but are sometimes estimated, so don’t be surprised if when there’s a real meter reading the bill goes off.
A new rental law that came into effect in January 2020, will make things much easier if you have problems with the landlord. The contract has to be registered and do not stop doing so since not only the landlord, but also the renting can have a fine.
Other tips include:
-Get a bus card. https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/tallinja-card.
-Typical Maltese fruit and vegetable trucks are an excellent choice to stock up on these products.