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Expat guide for expats living or moving to Malta

Expat guide for expats living or moving to Malta

Living in Malta

The allure of the Maltese Islands, Malta and Gozo, stems from its far-reaching ancient beginnings of prehistoric and Neolithic architectural wonders. The Second World War also left its fingerprints by way of manmade fortifications. More importantly, the people are accommodating and blessed with a variety of cultural influences, uniquely blended and intertwined. Expats look forward in time in Malta, and reminisce the past in its sister island Gozo. We’ve gathered some really good information you shouldn’t miss.


Expat Clubs

The Malta Association of Women in Business (MAWB)
The association was founded on July 10th, 1991 by a group of women, who together with the Association's mandate laid the foundation for promoting an environment for women to grow and develop in their business and profession. MAWB is a constituted, non-profit making, non-political organisation; and is completely autonomous.
Address: Keimar Bld / Level 4, Triq Giovanni Mamo, B'Kara BKR2961
Tel: +356 99426238
Email: info@mawb.eu
FB: www.facebook.com/pages/Malta-Association-of-Women-in-Business/205267069505209?sk=wall
Website: www.mawb.eu/
TwoFourSix Expats Malta
246 Expats Malta is the original expat social event group in Malta and has been in existence since 2009 and started by Trisha Steele, an expatriate from Ireland that has lived in New Zealand, Australia and Malta for the past several years. Group membership is open to foreign nationals, living or visiting Malta. We offer organized social events from weekly Friday night social drinks to group dinners, cultural and art 246 Expats Maltaevents and boat trips during the summer months.  All events typically provide members with generous discounts on beverages/cocktails, food, and often discounts on show and event tickets.
Tel: +356 7705 0770
Email: info@246expatsmalta.com
FB: www.facebook.com/246expatsmalta/info
Website: www.246expatsmalta.com/
Expats Malta
This ‘Meet up Malta’ page is for anyone that is new to Malta, people of all ages and interests. Open to newcomers who want to make new friends, settle in more quickly and start to enjoy all that Malta has to offer, as well as established expats who want to make more friends and have more fun.
FB: www.facebook.com/groups/MeetupMalta
Website: www.meetup.com/Expats-Malta/
Feel@Home in Malta
The Feel@Home Malta team is currently composed of a group of young people who are a mixture of locals - who at times have been expats themselves, and also foreigners who are currently living in Malta. The team is supported by professional workers - such as lawyers, social workers, psychologists and other volunteers who help us organizing events and in other useful ways.
Address: 12/11, Vincenti Bldgs, Strait Street, Valletta, Malta
Tel: +356 9909 3516
Email: info@feelathomemalta.com
Website: www.feelathomemalta.com/
British Residents Association – Malta
The Association is divided into six (6) groups based on geographical areas. Each group is represented on the BRA Council, which has overall control and management of the Association. Typically the membership of the BRA is in the region of 1300. Members are from all walks of life with an age range of eighteen (18) upwards.
Address: P.O.BOX 33, VALLETTA, VLT 1000.
Email: info@britishresidentsinmalta.org
Website: britishresidentsinmalta.org/

International Schools 

Verdala International School
The School first opened its doors in 1976 as an oil company school. In the 1980s it was reconstituted as Verdala International School. The School has been an accredited US School since 1994 and started offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma in 1995.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Address: Fort Pembroke, Pembroke PBK1641, Malta
Tel: +356 21375133
Fax: +356 21372387
Email: visreception@verdala.org
Website: www.verdala.org
Chiswick House School, St. Martins College
Today, Chiswick House School and St Martin's College are firmly established in Malta's educational system as the largest independent educational establishment on the island, offering a top quality, mixed ability education to boys and girls not only from Malta, but also from over 30 other countries, with English as the main language of instruction.
Address (Chipswick School House): 38, Antonio Schembri Street Kappara, San Gwann (SGN4233), Malta
Tel: +356 21374396, +356, 21374397
Fax: +356 21376487
Address (St. Martins College): Swatar Road Swatar (MSD2244) Malta
Tel: +356 21345146, : +356 21345 170
Fax: +356 21310273
Website: chs.edu.mt/
St. Edwards College Malta
St Edward's College was authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) commencing September 2009 and following successful years, applications for borders and day students are now invited for the academic year commencing September 2014.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Address: Birgu (Citta Vittoriosa), Cottonera - BRG 9039, Malta
Tel: +356 27881199
Fax: +356 21891557
Email: admin@stedwards.edu.mt
Website: www.stedwards.edu.mt/

Local News in English

Times of Malta
Malta's leading news point, that for over 75 years has been delivering top notch news through its newspapers; Times of Malta and The Sunday Times and through the website timesofmalta.com
Website: www.timesofmalta.com/
Malta Today
On 14 June 2010, MaltaToday launched its internet news portal, bringing its journalism to a wider audience of readers, becoming the most read internet news service after The Times.
Website: www.maltatoday.com.mt/
Malta Star
Malta Star is an English-language website that brings local perspectives on news, sport, culture and events within the region.
Website: www.maltastar.com/
The Malta Independent
Website: www.independent.com.mt

Country Information 

Location: Europe
Capital City: Valletta
Other Important Cities: Birkirkara
Currency: Euro €
Language: Malti, English
Calling Code: +356
Internet TLD: .mt
Electricity: Malta runs on 240V 50Hz. The sole provider of electricity is Enemalta.

Address: Triq Belt il-Hazna, Marsa MRS 1571, Malta
Tel: +356 21223601
Website: www.enemalta.com.mt/
Emergency Numbers:
Ambulance: 196
Fire: 112
Police: +356 2122 4001-7, +356 2122 1111
Country Information

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Malta is covered by Schengen regulations, which exempts nationals including the US and EU from a visa to enter the country. Nationals from countries who are not exempted must apply for a Schengen visa in a Maltese embassy, consulate or representation in their home or host country. Visit Malta Home Affairs site for a list of countries which do not fall under visa exemptions:  mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Travelling%20to%20Malta/Pages/Which-third-country-nationals-are-required-to-have-a-visa.aspx
Expats wishing to stay in the country for an extended period beyond 3 months / 90 days, must apply for a National Long Stay ‘D’ visa, through a Maltese embassy or consulate. This type of visa allows expats an extended stay in the country for studies, business, medical reasons or any stay beyond 90 days.

Documents required:
  • Valid passport, minimum 6 months
  • Two passport size photos, white background
  • Visa fees
  • Completed Application Form
Other documentations needed:
  • the purpose of the visit
  • means of transport and for the return journey
  • means of subsistence (support) during the journey and stay
  • accommodation arrangements
See the Maltese Home Affairs site >> 

There are two types of residence permits in Malta: ordinary residency and permanent residency.
Ordinary residence permit are for people seeking employment or under a dependent of someone holding an ordinary residence permit. This is issued automatically, after the work permit has been approved. Residence permits are applied for at Home Affairs office in Malta:

Address: Evans Building, St Elmo Place, Valletta VLT 1754
Tel: +356 2590 4000, +356 2590 4800, +356 2590 4821
Website: mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Services/Pages/Residence.aspx

Work permits or employment license cannot be applied for from within the Malta; for non-EU citizens employment licenses must be applied for by a Maltese employer. Getting employment as an expat, especially for non-EU nationals, can be challenging. Any job openings are subject to local (Maltese) hiring. If the position cannot be filled by a Maltese citizen, only then can expats be considered for the job.
For more information about employment licenses please visit the Maltese Employment and Training Corporation site: etc.gov.mt/Category/3/18/Non-Maltese-Workers.aspx


Renting properties has become very popular among expats. Malta has responded to the massive influx of foreigners coming in by providing more housing options and selections. Within major towns and cities, prices will vary from mid to high range, reflecting the cosmopolitan lifestyle prevalent in these areas. Valleta and Sliema are the most popular places for expats because of the modern establishments and amenities situated in those areas. However, this means accommodations are more expensive. Cheaper, more budget-friendly accommodations are found inland, away from the city center. Attard is major residential area, perfect for expats with families. Public transport is also very easy and reliable in this town.

The most efficient, although not cost-free, approach to finding accommodations is through real estate agents. What is most desirable with the service they offer is that they match tenants’ needs and personal preferences with a compatible landlord, minimizing issues altogether. Accommodations are rented either furnished or unfurnished.
Another way is going around neighborhoods and spotting ‘for rent’ signs on rental units, and classified ads. These listings usually direct prospective tenants immediately to the landlord or an agent who manages property viewings.
Rental contracts in Malta are straightforward with little to no-hassle. Real estate agents normally act as witnesses. One month rent is paid in advance, while another month’s rent is given as a refundable deposit upon contract termination or expiry. 

Driving License

EU nationals may exchange their domestic licenses for a Maltese licenses, provided they have resided in Malta no less than 6 months and have already obtained a Maltese Identity Card. The process should be done through the Driver and

Vehicle Licensing Unit in Floriana:

Address: Transport Malta - Land Transport Directorate, Sa Maison Road, Floriana, FRN 1612, Malta
Tel:  +356 2560 8000
Fax: +356 2560 8142
Email: info.tm@transport.gov.mt 

For more information about exchanging EU licenses please visit: www.transport.gov.mt/land-transport/driving/exchanging-your-foreign-driving-licence

Non-EU nationals may use their domestic license only for up to 12 months. After which they should apply for a Maltese license through an official motoring school. Transport Malta, a government website, has a full list of recognized driving schools: www.transport.gov.mt/admin/uploads/media-library/files/Motoring%20School.pdf


The healthcare facilities in Malta are excellent are of high standards. Insurance costs are also lower compared to other countries. Medical checkups are reasonably priced. The public healthcare is also topnotch and free for residents of Malta including expatriates. The funding comes from contributions made by both employers and employees, affording a full range of treatments, medication, and other free medical services.

EU citizens may use their EHIC card to avail of the free public healthcare. Non-EU citizens, those who have not acquired a residency permit, are advised to obtain private insurance to cover or reimburse costs of treatment including medical evacuation.

Private healthcare is also available, and sometimes preferred by Maltese citizens and residents for their wider range of services and short waiting time. However the costs are not covered by the public healthcare system in place. Private health insurance is highly advised.

Insurance Companies
Citadel Health Insurance Agency
Citadel Insurance provides a host of health insurances from entry-level core plans to complete plans.
Address: 75, St Francis Street, Floriana FRN 1031, MALTA
Tel: +356 2010 6262
Toll-Free: +356 8003 1000
Website: www.citadelplc.com
Bonnici Insurance Agency Limited
Based in Malta, Bonnici Insurance is the longest established local agent for Middlesea Insurance plc and is now one of Malta's leading insurance agencies. 
Address: 222, The Strand, Gzira GZR1022, Malta
Tel: +356 21339110
Fax: +356 21310390
Email: info@bonniciinsurance.com
Website: www.bonniciinsurance.com/
Buttigieg Insurance Brokers
Buttigieg Insurance Brokers Limited are leading local insurance broker acting for clients on all insurance lines, personal and business. The Head offices are at Zabbar Road, Fgura. On 15th July 1991, the company extended its operations with the addition of a branch office at Naxxar Road, Birkirkara.
Address: 211-213, Zabbar Road, Fgura FGR 1010,Malta
Tel: +356 21802298, +356 21690935
Website: www.buttigieg.com.mt/
Middlesea Insurance
Middlesea Insurance p.l.c, a composite insurance company listed on the Malta Stock Exchange and operating since 1981 enjoys a substantial share of the highly competitive general insurance markets in Malta, offering an extensive range of quality and flexible products aimed at both personal and commercial protection.
Address: Middle Sea House, Floriana, FRN1442 MALTA
Tel: +356 21246262
Fax: +356 21248195
Website: www.middlesea.com/
Bupa Malta
Bupa Malta is a branch of Bupa Insurance Limited which is represented by GlobalCapital Health Agency Ltd in Malta. Bupa is a global healthcare company created more than 65 years ago. It began in the UK in 1947 with 38,000 customers and has developed into an internationally renowned healthcare and insurance provider, with more than 22 million customers in 190 countries around the world.
Address: Testaferrata Street, Ta' Xbiex XBX 1403, Malta
Tel: +356 21 342 342
Fax: +356 21 472 808
Website: www.bupa.com.mt/
St. James Hospital
Saint James Hospital Group provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services – ranging from simple blood tests to diagnostic scans, cosmetic surgery to dental services and laser hair removal to complex surgery.
Address (Zabbar): St James Square, Zabbar, ZBR 3103, Malta
Tel: +356 2329 1000
Fax: +356 21692030
Address (Sliema): George Borg Olivier Street, Sliema SLM 1807, Malta
Tel: +356 2329 1000
Fax: +356 21330226
Address: (Eye Clinic): Saint James Hospital, Sliema, George Borg Olivier Street, Sliema SLM 1807, Malta
Tel: (+356) 2329 1229
Fax: +356 21320734
Address (Zebbug): 9, Mdina Road, Zebbug ZBG 9015, Malta
Tel: +356 2329 3000
Email: info@stjameshospital.com
Address (Medical Laboratory Services): Saint James Hospital, Sliema, George Borg Olivier Street, Sliema SLM 1807 Malta
Tel: +356 21334997 / 21335063
Email: info@mlsstjames.com
Address (Transforma): The Cosmetic Clinic, Triq il-Hafur, Attard ATD 3014, Malta
Tel: +356 21423838
Fax: +356 21423839
Email: transforma@stjameshospital.com
Mater Dei Hospital
Mater Dei Hospital is an acute general teaching hospital offering a full range of hospital services. It also provides an extensive range of specialist services.
Address: Msida MSD 2090, MALTA
Tel: +356 2545 0000
Fax: +356 2545 4154
Email: mdh@gov.mt
Website: ehealth.gov.mt/HealthPortal/health_institutions/hospital_services/mater_dei_hospital/mater_dei.aspx
DaVinci Hospital
DaVinci Hospital uses a Computerised Hospital Information System that connects patient data derived from its Radiology, Diagnostic Laboratory, Surgical and Medical Inpatient and Outpatient Departments. All patient data is therefore available in one digital file that is accessible throughout the hospital and also remotely if required. The patient's digital file therefore includes all data including reports, diagnostic images and lab results that were obtained at DVH during the last 10 years.
Address: Karmenu Pirotta Road, Birkirkara, Malta
Tel: +356 21491200
Fax: +356 21491325
Email: info@davincihospital.com
Website: www.davincihospital.com/
St. Philips Hospital
Address: St. Philip's Hospital, Triq Salvu Psaila, Santa Venera, Malta
Tel: +356 2144 2211
Email: biomed@stphilips.com.mt
Website: www.stphilips.com.mt/

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