Why people move to Malta

Tourists or the new locals?  Hard to tell these days.

Tourists or the new locals? Hard to tell these days.

It seems to be the most obvious thing for an island that has in its past functioned as a colony and has lived off tourism for the last half century, that people from across the world wash up here. To their surprise, many stay far longer than they intended. However, in the past five years or so, there seems to be a far greater influx of people who are choosing to move here for work and play. EU statistics out earlier this month showed that Malta’s population rise in the past year was mainly attributable to migrants (of various kinds).

We’re now 414,000 people in all. So, we’ve taken a stab at an anthropological view of the new Malta tribes, in no particular order:

1. Returned Maltese migrants. Nothing new in this. The Maltese have been emigrating since the 1950s, and some trickle back when they hit their silver years. The older ones tend to be the most patriotic. Someone in category 6 below once told me: ‘You guys always seem to have a quiet alarm bell, when you are living away from Malta. It’s mumbling ‘Go back home.’ It just gets louder the older one gets’. This is changing, of course, as many Maltese now choose to go and live in EU member states.

2. Online gaming company executives. Malta saw a niche in the online gaming sector a few years ago and set up EU-endorsed legislation that enables online gaming companies to operate from this country on a pan-European basis. This has led to a veritable influx of senior and middle-management types – mainly Brits and Swedes – that took up residence in Malta without much knowledge of what was waiting for them. Many tend to congregate around Portomaso until they find their feet. Some are more intrepid though and are braving old farmhouses in village cores, probably seeing their stay as an adventure/or kind of extended holiday.

3. Tax-mitigators. People with access to bright accountants looking for a more tax-efficient way of protecting their earnings, levering on Malta’s double taxation agreements with several countries. If you’re a lone professional, you can elect to get your world-wide income taxed here if that income is generated elsewhere, and you choose to be resident in Malta.

4. Heritage lovers. What you get in Malta is world-class heritage, from pre-history to British colonial rule. We’ve found a few museum and arty luvvie types that fell for what they saw and stayed.

5. Divers. They live to dive so the move is for pure quality of diving life. They boast to friends back in their homelands that diving is just 15 minutes from their work place. We still think that Malta has some of the best diving around. Sailors too have moved here for similar sport-lifestyle reasons.

6. Consultants to Government. Not as significant in numbers as the days when Malta was preparing to join the EU, but you still meet a fair few people who are working on making the public sector and various government agencies more efficient.

7. Senior Telecoms executives. Now the three main telecoms companies are all in foreign hands, senior people have moved in.

8. Bankers. Same as 7 above, except that one Maltese bank lingers on.

9. Hotel & Catering staff. The five-star hotels ship them in to run the show, speak to customers in their native language. Always seem to be uncannily sun-tanned. One popular beach bar is manned entirely by foreign staff.

10. Footballers. Yes, we’re devoid of success in international football, but that hasn’t stopped the local teams from scouting for cheap talent – often finding footballers way past their prime and who might fit into some of the other categories here.

11. Call centre operators. Young people, primarily working on 24/7 shifts in online gaming and banking.

12. Timeshare touts. Mainly British, London boys or ‘from somewhere up north.’ You can spot them a mile away because they look friendly at 8.30 in the morning and give chase when some innocent old dears decide to have a leisurely walk before the heat sets in.

13. Dancers and ‘entertainers’. Usually permanently based in Paceville, but with some spillage in Bugibba and Qawra. Often from Eastern Europe.

14. British and German retirees. They come for the sea and that flat in Bugibba or a farmhouse in Gharb, Gozo.

15. Love birds. Again, a fairly universal tribe who pack up on impulse to join their better half. They either go native and get crinkly skin or miss everything cosmopolitan, orderly and green, and start planning an exit route soon after their arrival. May take a lifetime to actually crystallise their departure. Married life, kids at schools and so on makes their departure almost impossible. They are nostalgic for life back home, but would never really return there.

16. Quality of lifers. Made up of several subgroups including dreamers and people fed up of Northern climates, commuting, the rat race, high house prices and various other ‘modern life is rubbish’ gripes. Can also cross-over to various tribes in this list. Can be of any age group.

17. Refugees and ‘illegal’ migrants. Their arrival has become one of the most most divisive topics on the island, but was inevitable once Malta joined the EU. Sadly, their plight tends to bring out the worst in a lot of people, and the best in a mere handful.

Photo: Walter Lo Cascio


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  3. Hello i am from romania and i am married with sirian people we live in cyprus 8 yars ego and we want come to visit you are cantry but we can-t because hire we don-t have assistans for you are cantry and we don-t have for where tek visa for my husbend somebody can help my haw i can doo.thank you

  4. Violeta,
    If you are living in Cyprus which is part of the EU, and have the paperwork to do that – you yourself are an EU national anyway – then I would think you can legally come to Malta to visit without any hassle. I would contact the Romanian embassy in Cyprus or Malta to ask advice. The embassy for Malta is based in Italy – this is the link to its contact details: http://romania.visahq.com/embassy/Malta/

  5. i am a nigerian and a graduate of electrical/electronics engineering and i wish to work in malta. how will i get work in malta and the visa to migrate

  6. Samuel,
    Malta is an EU country so is part of the Schengen area and will have VISA requirements in common with all other EU Schengen countries. I suggest you take a look at the Maltese government portal and the relevant ministry on this link to find out more. In the case of non-EU, third-country nationals, I would think you would need to secure a job that requires your skills (and which your prospective employer can say they can’t find the qualifications nor skillset for in Malta) in order to take up residency here. To do your homework on employment etc, I suggest you arrive on a tourist visa for a few weeks reconnaissance. Of course, most established recruitment firms have online presences. Muovo.eu, whose banner runs on the top of our site, recruits for a wide variety of sectors. Here’s the Malta Govt portal: Central Visa Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  7. Hello,
    I am a 5th year medical student (5 of 6) and I would like to become a doctor in Malta. I know that to do so, I will have to do a 2 years internship, but I have no informations about how to get into this internship.
    Also, I am married and my husband will finish Architecture University this summer (he already finished Power Engineering University and he has a Master Degree in Sustainability and Building Energy Audit ), and we wanted to ask you if you know what it takes for him to work in Malta.
    Thank you!

  8. I am retired and thinking of selling up and moving to Gozo. I just want a peaceful life in a warm climate and I’m vegan so eat mainly fruit and veg that I am hoping is grown locally. Would I be accepted as a retired person living off my pension?

  9. Hi Lynn,
    Quick answer is yes, of course! You are are probably an EU citizen and since you’re seeking to live here, not work here really I can’t see any problems bar needing to work out a budget to live off. Gozo is quiet, except for some peak summer weekends, carnival time and a few other annual periods. Do see our heating a house in Malta in winter article though as it’s a misconception that it’s warm (inside houses) all year round. Heating is something you might need to be aware off. As a homeworker, I tend to freeze in my stone house in winter! Don’t through away the blankets when you move over! Also, do see our Retiring to Malta article as well; that has a good overall feel for what to expect. As a vegan, you will no doubt be hot on animal rights and such issues, so do be aware that some aspects of that in Malta might make you feel a bit uneasy. Bird hunting etc, or some incidents relating to animal care – but there is no country in Europe which can boast a blemish-free record on this. The RSPCA in the UK is though a vociferous agency on these issues which is not quite replicated to the same extent here though few islanders will condone any abuse of animal rights.

  10. Dear Elizabeth,

    I am writing to you as i found little info available online on this topic. I am Romanian, have an university diploma and my own mediator’s office and am actively seeking employment in Malta as i want to relocate there. As i know, Romanians are required to have a work permit in order to legally work in Malta. Is there any other way that might allow me to move and work there, like as an independent? Is there anywhere online a list of jobs for which work permits are not required in Malta (as i saw other EU countries use)?. I have been trying for over 1 year to move to Malta but had no luck so far. I would most appreciate your help!
    Best regards,

  11. Iona,
    thanks for contacting us here, and I hope I can help a bit. I doubt very much there is a site listing jobs for which one doesn’t need a work permit, if Romanian. I doubt too that there are (legal) jobs around if the legal req is that you need a work permit. I am sure people are here on tourist stays working though. As you are a professional, the best route would be to move here and set up your business here. This is quite possible, and I know various nationalities who’ve done this, from American to South African and Swiss. I can imagine there are requirements about the amount of cash you’d need to come with (to ensure sustainable living for x period) and you’d need to factor in business set-up costs – legal and accountancy fees, company registration etc. Most legal firms can assist on this.

    I will contact a Romanian couple I know here, and a US national who has moved her business here, to see what insider info and tips I can find out for you. I’ll reply on email to you on that. Be in touch soon.

  12. Hi Elizabeth , Iam 24yo from Bulgaria but seeking opportunity to work in Malta.Iam planning to travel there around april (in 2 months). Iam an artist.I graduated alomst year ago in National Art Academy Sofia – Bulgaria with ‘Ceramics’. I got a highschool diploma for Designer of Art and Stage lightening. Would like to ask you will i be able to find a job with this , or the thing that iam from Bulgaria will baulk me. I got another question 🙂 i dont have a working permit , is it hard to take it ? Thanks in advance! Sincerely yours Dimitar!

  13. Dimitar,
    As far I can see, Bulgarian nationals may stay in Malta, without any visa, for up to 90 days – this is the longest period allowed as a tourist stay. After that, I think you’d need to have proof of income or sustainable living expenses, to enable you to stay. To work in Malta, I think you’d need a visa and this may well be attached to having first found employment. I am a bit hazy on the details, so suggest you contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs unit that deals with immigration to Malta; here’s the link: Central Visa Unit. The gov.mt site is also useful to browse around regarding various aspects of living and working in Malta. I also found this site which details worldwide visa requirements: http://malta.visahq.com/requirements/Bulgaria/resident-Malta/

    Also, contact the Bulgarian Embassy for Malta. I came across this link with its contact details: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy23063/.

    Regarding your areas of specialisation, you will have to be flexible. Malta has a small, if active and growing, cultural economy but there is not much scope in your area. There is the Teatru Manoel, and the Mediterranean Conference Centre but neither is likely to have full-time positions in set building or lighting. You might like to try the Mediterranean Film Studios which do require teams on set building. Various events companies might take on people to do sound and lighting engineering, especially for gigs (take Isle of MTV for instance). I am sure there is work, but as I said, you’d need to think laterally about your field and be prepared to be flexible. There are ceramics businesses here; I can think of this one, which is expanding as well: Mediterranean Ceramics.

  14. Bulgarian and Romanians are still under special regulations and this will last till the end of 2013. It means that in order to work one would require working permit form the Employment and Training Corporation ETC. Even if the work is 3 hours per week. If you have the job and your employer is ready to apply for the permit there won’t be a problem but still in the hands of ETC… There is an option to work as self employed but there are pros and cons because even if you are not working you have to cover your national insurance .

    In regards to work in the Arts industry- this is an option as a hobby mainly. I’m voice coach for drama with drama school but I have a full time job in another industry as well.. maybe in lightening you might have a better choice and chance with a company that organises events, concerts, tv shows …

    In Malta there is no Bulgarian embassy (if I’m not mistaken there is no Romanian too) so the points of contacts are ETC and Foreign ministry.

  15. Hi I’m a 22yr old, leaving the Uk at the end of may! I have a friend who will put me up for a week…. This is the first time i am going to move from my hometown I have two years call centre exp plus a few other jobs in customer service roles, if there is any advice please let me know thank you many!

  16. I hold a Higher National Diploma in Marketing with Upper Credits honours and presently work with a bank in Nigeria as a Sales Associates( Marketer). I would love to work and live in Malta with my wife and son.
    How do i go about it?

  17. hi im british and married to a tunisian who has lived in uk for 5 yrs so that he had redisenty in ukwe wish to move to malta but not sure how. Also my main concern is my 24 yr old daughter and her schools can you help thanks michelle

  18. hi Michelle,
    I’ll email you on this one. Thanks for dropping by.

  19. Hi,
    I am currently living in Cyprus and thinking of migrating in Malta.
    I want some guidance on job opportunities (Accounting and Finance BA Honor and ACCA student).
    Some useful websites or any information that you think it might be helpful, i will really appreciate your opinion.
    Thank you in advance.

  20. I’m a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, hold a Higher National Diploma Upper Credits honours in 1996 from a reputable Higher Institution in Nigeria. Presently, I work as a Materials Inspector (TPI – Third party Inspection)with Addax Petroleum Dev. Nig. Ltd in Nigeria. I would love to live and work in Malta with my wife and my 3 lovely Children (13, 11, & 7 years).
    Please explain to me how this can be achieved.
    Daniel O. Durojaiye

  21. Daniel,
    Malta is an EU country, so its Visa requirements are the same as for any EU country within the Schengen countries (free movement area within certain EU countries – ie. UK is not part of Schengen). You will need to contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, citizenship and expatriate dept: http://www.foreign.gov.mt/default.aspx?MDIS=552

  22. i’m a footballer and i like to play in the malta national team.how can i achieve that?

  23. hi ..im jordanian and i have romanian permit temporara and i like to move to malta with my romanian family wife and son to leave and work in malta ,i need visa to can move there..

  24. Gokapo Poko,
    I suggest you contact the Malta Football Association here: http://www.mfa.com.mt/en/home.htm which should be able to guide you.

  25. Faed,
    This link will give you good information and relevant links to follow up regarding any Visa requirements for Malta. http://www.anyworkanywhere.com/visas_mt.html

    And take a look at gov.mt, the government portal, in particular this page on Visa requirements for third country nationals: http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Travelling%20to%20Malta/Pages/Which-third-country-nationals-are-required-to-have-a-visa.aspx

  26. Hello
    a British national looking to live and work in Malta what are the legal requirements? Thanks in advance.

  27. William,
    As an EU citizen, once you are here for more than 3 months, and therefore no longer deemed a ‘tourist’, you will need to register as a resident and get an ID card etc. This will enable you to open a local bank account more easily, pay less on the bus, and register for VAT (if self employed), gain lower rates on water and electricity bills etc. As far as getting a job is concerned, you have the right to apply for any jobs in Malta.

  28. Hi Elizabeth
    Reading through the thread of emails, you seem to be the “go-to” person for queries on moving to Malta. I have tried searching the internet myself for available jobs, average salaries, cost of living, etc. however figures are one thing; actuals is another and who better to ask than someone who seems to be very knowledgable about Malta.
    For ease of reference – I am a British Citizen and according to EU, will have no problems relocating. Just looking for a bit mre information. Please can you assist.

  29. Hi Elizabeth,

    I am a Bulgarian citizen currently living and working in the UK in the financial service sector. I am looking to relocate with my partner to Malta. He is a British citizen and already has a job in Malta to start in the next couple of months. I know work permits are needed for Bulgarians, but do you have any information if there are any restrictions on living there and seeking for employment. Do you know where I can find this information. There is not much detail on the ETC website or the site of the Maltese government. Do you know what the legal requirements are beyond the 3 months of tourist stay?

    Thank you in advance for your answer. Any help will be much appreciated.

  30. Hi Elizabeth – a bit like Gavyn Symons, I am a British citizen and along with my husband, also a British citizen and our imminent new addition we’re looking for further current information on living and working in Malta. Having looked at various websites etc there are many that seem to be out of date so any advice / steer in the right direction will be gratefully received….many thanks

  31. Hello, we are a Brazilian couple and would like to visit Malta, we live and work legally in Italy for five years and would like to try Malta for a year and in that time we wanna study English. What we should do to be able to do everything legally? Thanks Pam

  32. Hi Karla,
    If you have right of residency in Italy (not solely related to a specific employment), then I would assume, under Schengen country rules, you can live and work in Malta. I suggest you contact the Brazilian Consulate in Malta here: http://brazil.visahq.com/embassy/Malta/ and see what the requirements are. Good luck, and wish you well with your prospective move here.

  33. Hi Elizabeth, I am Albania citizen currently living and working in Albania as IT Administrator in public sector.I hold a Higher National Diploma in Engineering Electronic. I would love to work and live in Malta and I am single girl.
    How do i go about it?
    Thank you!

  34. Dora,
    As Malta is an EU (and Schengen group) member, then common visa rules apply. I suggest you contact the Albania Consulate for Malta on this link here to see what’s required over and above the common visa rules.

    As far as I know, you’d need to either have work here, or proof of self sufficiency (savings, self-employed etc) to take up residency in Malta. More information about residency is on this link, where, if you scroll down, you’ll find the various forms you’ll need to apply for residency. I would think you can enter Malta on a three-month tourist stay (visa) and do a reconnaissance trip that way.

  35. Hi Elizabeth, i am Libyan and my husband is aLibyan too my kids are studying at the International School ISM in Tripoli. my husband has one year Schengen visa from the Italian Embassy in Libya and my kids and i have 3months only we would like to move and live in Malta and i would like to know more information about how to live in Malta i mean are there any International School are there any possibility to get a very good house in Valetta ? are there any possibility to get English Language courses for me and my husband?
    i look forward to hearing from you soon
    thank you and best regards
    p.s: i am familiar with Malta i used to stay in Western Dragonara Hotel in San Julian since 1999 when i was working with Emirates Airline but now i am a house wife.

  36. Hi Elizabeth,

    Hope you are doing good. I am a Doctor in India and my husband is moving to Malta in couple of months. I will come with him on a dependent visa, which I am aware of that I cant get a work permit straight away. Could you please provide some information or pointers on how to apply for a Doctor’s job in Malta. Is there any exam or course by which foreign doctors can work in Malta.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards.

  37. Hello
    I am British and i am moving to Malta to do a project for 1 year but i am hoping to stay as long as i can after i have finished my project is any legal requirements? and would the tax be the same as i would pay at home ?
    thank you 🙂

  38. Felicity,
    Tax rates are not harmonised in the EU, so you will need to look into these. Generally, they are lower in Malta. It would depend on your circumstances. I suggest you take a look at some of the local legal firms’ websites as most have details of expat reqs and taxes. Clearly, if you are on a local salary, you pay local taxes. If you have worldwide earnings, then there are other options (generally aimed at high net worth individuals though) to elect to have those worldwide earnings taxed in Malta at preferential rates. This is one such accounting firm with legal firm connections, that outlines the personal tax rates in Malta: http://www.capstonegroup.com.mt/jurisdiction/personal-taxation

    As to residency, you are an EU citizen so have no issues to address in residing in Malta long term except that you will be required to apply for residency which can enable you to do some things more easily as you will have a Maltese ID card. See this link for details of forms and reqs: http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Services/Pages/Residence.aspx

  39. thank you for your help

  40. would you please to respond to my letter
    best regards

  41. Narjes,
    I don’t have the precise information you are asking about so I suggest you do two things: contact the Libyan Embassy here in Malta; and (2) the Ministry responsible for expat, residency and citizenship, here in Malta. I really wouldn’t know about your legal status here on the back of your husband’s one-year permit from the Italian government. These are highly personalised queries which we, at Malta Inside Out, can’t answer in detail; we can point you in the right direction to further your enquiries. Here are the links you’ll need for contact info on the two routes I outlined above:
    Malta Embassy in Tripoli: http://www.foreign.gov.mt/Default.aspx?MDIS=477
    Maltese ministry here in Malta for residency/expat affairs: http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Services/Pages/Residence.aspx
    Libyan Embassy in Malta: http://www.mfa.gov.mt/Default.aspx?MDIS=247

    I hope these can help you further.

  42. Hi Narjes, see earlier in this thread for the help we can offer!

  43. Hi Sapna,
    I suggest you contact the ministry dealing with residency (Ministry for Home Affairs):http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Services/Pages/Residence.aspx

    and also the Malta Medical Council: http://www.mam.org.mt/

    The latter should be able to give you information relating to mutual recognition of qualifications and an indication of what would be required to practice here in Malta on your residency permit / Visa. I hope these leads help a little in your search for info. You can also get an idea of medical services here from the governmental portal: http://www.gov.mt and you might like to contact the main private hospital here in Malta: The St James Group.

  44. Hi, I am coming to Malta for work. I used to live in big cities, such as London, Athens and Paris. Now I am afraid that I will not be able to accustomed to Malta’s life because the country is so tiny and I think it offers limited options:( Can you please encourage me a little bit? Thank you!!!

  45. Maria,
    True, Malta is small but it’s very very urban! We often joke it’s a city-state surrounded by water. I think you’ll find enough going on here to dive in to whether sport, arts, culture, eating out etc. And you have the beach 15 mins away max from more or less anywhere you’ll live (so there are some advantages over those big cities). Do feel free to post your query on our Facebook page as I am sure you’ll get a lot of inspirational replies. Also, don’t forget, Malta has a huge expat community these days so you’ll find all sorts of nationalities milling around (just like in big cities!). I am sure it’ll be fine and things will work out for you here.

  46. Hey Elizabeth! How are you,i would like to know about live in Malta.Im living in London 4years and im working as a hostes in restaurant.Im from Hungary by the way i dnt know if i needed Visa as well to stay…what possibility i have there? Thank you

  47. As Hungary is EU, you won’t need a VISA to stay in Malta, but you will need to apply for residency and an ID card if you intend to stay here to work. I suggest you contact the Hungarian consulate in Malta: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy10720/

    And see this comment thread further up where I have replied to many others with the link to the relevant Maltese government office dealing with residency and expat affairs.

  48. I’m a 4th year medical students at the University of Tunis( 4 of 5 ) , I had the opportunity to visit Malta and to know some ideas about the university and Matter Dei but i would like to know if it is possible to continue my studies , do the internship ,get the graduation and practice my job as a Doctor in Malta
    Thank you

  49. Maya,
    If you look further up the comment thread here you will find a similar reply I gave to a lady wishing to come to practice in Malta as a doctor. Here’s the Malta Medical Council link again and I suggest you contact the University of Malta Medical School to see about your studies continuing here.

    Malta Medical Council: http://www.mam.org.mt/

  50. Dear Elizabeth , thank you for your collaboration .

  51. @Maya,
    Glad we could help a little and I wish you luck with your plans to move here and continue your studies. Do beam back into our site from time to time!

  52. Why do all these people want to come to Malta – it’s a dump – I guess I am in tribe 15 and need to be better at planning my escape !

  53. I live in Egypt and im a furniture maker working as a decoration interior and im thinking to move to Malta . work, study and live there im 29 years old and im single
    Can you tell me how to get VISA or what i should do ?? and as you know that VISA not easy to get
    Thank you Elizabeth….

  54. hi ! How are you,i would like to know about live in Malta.Im living in cairo egypt , im studying i want continues my study at malta speciality tourism please tell more about school ,accomodation, and more thanks

  55. Patrick,
    I think you might need to speak to the Institute of Tourism Studies and/or Malta University Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture – it would depend at what level you intend to study tourism. These two links should help you further your enquiries.

  56. Hossam,
    I would suggest you contact the Egyptian Embassy in Malta as well as the Ministry for Home Affairs which deals with residency and expat issues.

  57. Hi Russell,
    Yes, I can see that some might feel that way given the reality of a crowded island of small land mass. Each day here is a mix of joys and difficulties (as most places!). Of course, the newly arrived expat will be in honeymoon period, and the more seasoned expats either ready to go, or completely settled – not easy on arrival to know which course one’s expat life here will take.

  58. I am Ukrainian lady under 30 and I would like to live and work in Malta. Earlier i got a diploma on translation and teaching English and German into ukr and rus, worked in two different ukr banks,but the level of living conditions in Ukraine is rather low. I like Malta! I was there for little vacation. Do you know someone who can likely help me with moving to Malta? I feel big NEED in it so much! Thanks

  59. Hello, I am a Norwegian citizen married to a French woman and living in France. We’ll be retiring next year and wondering about moving to Malta.
    How is the medical service there? What’s the cost of living compared to the UK or France?Is the heat “unbearable” during summer?
    Loooking forward to be hearing from you.

  60. Hi Staale,
    You’ve asked quite a lot of questions which can either have quick easy answers or can take indepth responses. The quick replies are:
    Medical services and healthcare are great here, but you’ll need to check your status. As EU citizens you are entitled to receive general healthcare requirements, but you will need to register as ‘residents’ to enjoy other benefits. EU tourists of course have reciprocal arrangements, but as retirees, I believe you will need proof of sufficient income etc. Not too sure about the details but check the list of posts on our site relevant to residency, hospital care etc for more info (list at end of reply).
    Cost of living – rentals / accommodation a lot less than mainland European cities (depends on what you are looking for though). Again, food can be good value if you shop at Lidl and the farmers’ market, but again, depends on your lifestyle. Utilities are NOT cheap as Malta has no natural supplies of oil, gas and water/electricity bills can be high (if you run aircons, even higher!).
    Heat – unbearably hot in the summer, yes, so be prepared to decamp somewhere cooler in August to a) avoid heat and worse, humidity; and b) the crowds – summer can be busy. Depends on where you choose to live though. Factor in noise of festas all summer long too. Malta and Gozo are not ideal retirement places if you love lots of open space, greenery and peace. They do offer a busy place, cultural scene, lots of fellow expats of all nationalities, a lively social life etc.

    See these articles on our site for some more info on the above:
    Quality of Life Index – Malta joint 2nd place
    Retiring to Malta, Expat Insights
    Heating a house in Malta in winter
    Mater Dei – Malta’s national state hospital
    Rentals / accommodation
    Utility bills (needs updating but will give you an idea of what to expect)

  61. Inna,
    A quick google search of relocation companies comes up with quite a few firms that are in the business of helping prospective expats. It depends if you wish to pay for the services or just find your own way on a reconnaissance trip here. Your first consideration, it seems, will be finding work, so I suggest you work on that first and then the renting a flat, getting residency, etc will fall into place easily. Once here, you’ll find it so easy to work out what to do. Again, a google search of estate agents will provide you with enough firms to help you find accommodation and you can also search MALTAPARK.COM to find flat rentals listed as well as a whole lot of other items you might need like furniture etc. There are translation firms here, as well as the i-gaming industry which may well have good paying jobs requiring your language skills. There are lots and lots of i-gaming recruitment firms online to google. Also, I suggest using LinkedIn to network before you plan to move – plenty of help given freely there. If you’re not on LinkedIn, do join it and look up relevant Malta groups to network through. I hope this helps a little.

  62. Elizabeth Ayling:
    Thanks a lot for your answer.
    Think what we’ll do is go down for a week,and then decide… Might even be an idea to rent a place for a period before final decision….

  63. Hi Staale,
    Yes, good idea. I suggest you do come for a reccy visit and probably at the ‘worst’ time of year – August into Sept. It’s at its hottest and most humid then and crowded. Do see if you can visit some accommodation to get an idea of what’s available. Estate agents aplenty – just google them. Or look them up on arrival. Malta is a key place to retire to, but it depends on what your lifestyle is and expectations are. If a quiet retirement in greenery is your thing, then don’t opt for Malta. But as said, it can offer a very active, busy life, cosmopolitan (urban on an island), and it’s English speaking (if that’s an issue, but it seems you’re fluent French speakers!).

  64. Hi 8 am 49 and visit Malta 4/5 time a year and have done so for the last 25 years, we are now looking at moving permanently we are both British citizens and I am a registered care home manager in the Uk my wife is a regional manager for a large Uk based travel agent. I have all the relevant qualifications for care home management in the uk including an Nvq level4 in leadership and management care. I was wondering what the Jon opportunities were like for any type of care work in Malta and would I need to be able to speak Maltese

  65. Rod,
    There are private care homes which will probably not require you to have Maltese; state care home management or nursing might do so. Here is one such firm that you might like to contact with your enquiry as I don’t have enough insight to answer your specific questions re qualifications and language. Hope this helps:

  66. Hello
    I am Macedonian married to a french citizen , at the moment we are living in Netherland Antilies and we want to move to Malta.I also have Ducth recidense permit. Where can i get more information about if i need viza to live and work in Malta
    Thank you very much

  67. Hello, could somebody give me information about living in Malta? My boyfriend and I would like to move for few month there. Wo both will work as bartender, chambermaid etc. It means that we will earn minimum wage. We are planning to live at shared flat. Is it possible pay bills, from time to tome to go out and still save up?

  68. Am a young footballer here in Nigeria,and am aiming playing my football in malta,how can i get a visa to malta.

  69. Hello,
    I’m from BiH (Republic of Srpska) and I’m a doctor of dental medicine.I’m 29 years old and I woud like to move to Malta to live and work.I would be grateful if you can tell me what is needed to validate certificates and what procedural and how can I get a Visa to Malta.

  70. Hi! we are a young couple from romania. few weeks ago a friend invited us to move to malta.he is maltese.in 26 we will fly there.i will work there and pay rent from day 1 . what can i do so i wont be sent home or to have any legal problems? we love the country and we would like to apply for citizenship at one moment. any advice? please answer on mail if you can panzariuremus@yahoo.ro

  71. Hi
    We are a British family with two girls aged 10 and 12. We are hoping to move to Malta next year sometime, having visited 14 times over the years and fallen in love with the beautiful island. We have a successful business in the UK fitting kitchens and bathrooms for commercial and private customers. Can you please tell me how easy it would be for my husband to find employment? Do you know if the bathroom companies in Malta sub out work to contractors or do they employ fitters? My plan is to send a letter and CV to the higher end bathroom companies such as ‘Fino’ and ask for any work. At the moment I don’t work and provide admin support for our business. Having read the thread relating to schooling, I would need to work in Malta to subsidise the school fees. How easy is it to get a secretarial position only speaking English? I have attended college recently and obtained a few typing qualifications and a legal secretarial qualification. I would really appreciate your help in answering these questions. Many thanks

  72. Tamsin,
    I would think that your husband’s skills would be in demand as there is, as you probably have seen on your visits, a lot of construction work going on, both private small household renovations and building, and also larger condos and offices going up. While there has been some slow down in the property business, there is a lot of work around and I know one turnkey guy who was an accountant. So that shows how busy and attractive the sector is still. Malta is small enough for you to ask around very quickly on your reccy visits here (I recommend a definite work-related search trip, not just another holiday before you move). If you email me directly on our contact email, nearer the time, I can pass you some contacts that might be helpful.

    Re your work, again, I see no reason why you can’t find some administrative role perhaps in hospitality, real estate, etc, for which Maltese would not be a prerequisite. There are enough overseas companies operating here and their admin staff wouldn’t need Maltese. I am sure you’d find something once you’re here.

    On schools, you could send your children to state schools and they’d be fine as they are young enough to pick up playground conversation in Maltese. The Maltese state system is going to have to adapt to work out how to accommodate, and educate well, foreign children who do not have Maltese and are probably not going to learn enough quickly enough to pass the school leaving certificate in Maltese. In comparison to the UK, private schooling fees are probably around half to a third that of the UK, if you take regular private schools not public or top name schools. I know someone moving to the UK from Malta who is now putting their child into private schooling in the London area and apparently one term in the UK is equivalent to, if not more than one year here at her current school. So private might be a reasonable option without too much financial burden. Rental costs are less than the UK on the whole so you might save there.

  73. Remus,
    Sorry, but we can’t manage a service offering dedicated, specific personal replies as we get so many a week that we’d be inundated! However, as a start, I suggest you take a look at gov.mt, the Maltese government portal. The Ministry for Home Affairs deals with residency and VISA issues relating to EU and EEA area nationals. http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Services/Pages/Residence.aspx

    This document seemed relevant (page two mentions Romanian citizens wishing to reside/work in Malta, so read that part carefully): http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/Services/Documents/Residence/CEA7-EEA.pdf

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has information on residing and travelling to Malta: http://www.foreign.gov.mt/default.aspx?MDIS=523

    Most links I mentioned in other comments above are relevant so do go back up the comment thread and take a look.

    Hope this helps.

  74. Many thanks for your encouraging comments Liz. Will definitely come out for a job/school search maybe in November time of this year and will certainly email for your contacts information, thank you. I think that a private school would be the way forward in Malta as here the girls have to learn Welsh compulsorily where we live, although they are learning it quickly and have been learning for five years, I know they would struggle to hold a conversation with a fluent Welsh speaker. Do you have any suggestions for a mid stream priced school? At the moment I am ploughing through a list of schools from Wikipedia. I would really appreciate your advise. Kindest regards

  75. Hi Misha,
    Well, anything is possible but you will no doubt find yourselves working long hours if you work in hospitality and catering. Malta does offer ‘free’ leisure, like a day on the beach, so it would depend on your lifestyle expectations. People can and still do several jobs, part-time and a full-time one if working in the industries you might wish to work in. But that said, there are reputable and caring employers among some of the large, five-star hotels for example, and youy can find yourself part of a reasonable ‘family’ of co-workers. Support is never far from hand in Malta, given its size, so you won’t find yourselves alone for long and can expect to make new friends (lots of expats in the same industries here) and among locals quite quickly. If you’ve an exit strategy and some exit funds in place, I don’t think opting to work here for a few months will be a problem. Just keep enough cash to hand to get on a plane out if you need to!

  76. I have master in Education and 11years work experience as a primary level I have three persons family.I want to come to Malta and live here for ever.How I do this. Please help me.

  77. Jan,
    You will need to see about a Visa and employment/self-employment. It will depend on whether you are an EU or third country national – the move will be far harder if the latter, but not impossible if you have specific skills required here by an employer or the economic means to be self sufficient or to set up your own business. Contact the relevant ministries here in Malta (see above comments for links) and your country’s embassy for Malta as a start.

  78. hy i have permanent resident of italy but by natilonal i m pakistani and have a master degree and want ot move and work in malta, can i move to malta and work in malta without any restrictions. please inmform me.

  79. Thanks so much for everyhting you are doing and the advice you are giving to people. I have a question for you.Can you please remind me where to go In Valletta or somewhere else for requesting Maltese ID card followed by residence in malta. I am Italian and I am already working in Malta for a large tour company. Hope to hear from you soon. Regards Aldo

  80. Another question..do I have to make an appointment for ID request? Is it a long procedure?

  81. Bongu !
    Basically, in Malta I can continue my Berlin-life, such as extra in film-shootings, photography (Berlin did not provide the light I need to take picures), water – hiking, keeping in contact to clients and friends in Italy, combined with a a nice and – compared to Germany or Italy – calm job on the Maltese island and by avoiding a never-ending winter. The only thing I miss (in fact I just don´t know the locations), are places of a more alternative cultural life, i.e. rock or indipendent music, a place to enjoy minimal electro for retired “Berliners” (which means a mixture of international ex- or anti-workaholics, between 35 and 101), a little indipendent cinema ecc.
    As I feel too old for the mini-Ibiza at Sliema (I am not too far away from my 50s and I already had my personal mini-Ibiza during one year at Ferrara – university in the 90s) I am looking for locations in and around Valletta, Msida, Ta´Xbiex and Gzira. By the way – Malta is not too far away from the famous Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Sahha

  82. Hi Ijaz,
    Malta is part of the Schengen group of EU countries which allow free movement. So, in theory, if you have permission to live and work in Italy, I would think you can enter Malta without restriction. It would depend on any time limits on your residency status in Italy. That said, I think you should check with the Maltese embassy in Rome – a phone call should suffice to clarify your position. Third country nationals wishing to reside in Malta may still have to show sufficient income or means of sustaining themselves, and ability to pay for healthcare. We are not able to give information here at MIO tailored to individual and specific enquiries. So do check with the Foreign Affairs ministry here in Malta and/or the Maltese Embassy in Rome – both of which you can Google easily.

  83. Aldo,
    You will need to apply for an e-Residency card (ID Card) as follows. The Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs.

    Apparently, applications need to be submitted in person by appointment at 3, Castille Place, Second Floor, Valletta, while cards can be collected from 172, Melita Street, Valletta. Additional information can be obtained from the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs on tel. 2200 1800 or by e-mail, eResidence.mfa@gov.mt Appointments are to be made by sending an e-mail to eResidence.mfa@gov.mt

    This blog post could also be useful as the past months have seen expats here up in arms about getting their id cards renewed or obtaining them. I think the new administration has put more staff on and things might have speeded up. Good luck!

  84. Aldo,
    Appointments I believe! See my earlier reply and follow up with a call/mail. It may take some time!

  85. Heiko,
    I agree with your mini-Ibiza comparison! And personally, I’d avoid living near there too, though you can find some quieter back streets in The Gardens area of St Julian’s. If you are artistically and culturally inclined then Floriana and Valletta could make interesting locations. Floriana has some spacious flats available and with views. Parking can be tricky but you’d be near buses in Valletta. Palermo isn’t on Ryan Air or other cheap airlines routes from Malta but Air Malta might have the occasional good deal. Ryan Air flies to Trapani only right now in Sicily. Rome is served by Easyjet. So a quick cultural getaway weekend might not be too cheap if you wanted to go up to Palermo often. Did you need some advice on estate agents? I wasn’t too sure from your comment what you needed.

  86. hi dear elizabeth, i am a indian citizen nurse i would like to work in malta hospital how can i get visa and job please guide me

  87. Hi ,
    we are a Tunisian company , we are planing to start a business there in Malta , actually we already started the legal procedures , but now we are a little bit hesitate coz unfortuantely we heard many bad things about racial discrimination against the foreign investors there and specially the Tunisians and Libyans business men . , your honest comments plz

  88. Hello Elisabeth,
    I find it very generous of you to offer all these advice to people seeking support and assistance in coming to Malta. I am a dentist registered in Serbia (not an EU country:) and looking into moving to Malta. I would appreciate any suggestion as in where I could find the information of wether or not that profession is needed, where the job adds could be found or what are the requirements for diploma translation. Thank you….

  89. Hi ,
    we are a Tunisian company , we are planing to start a business there in Malta , actually we already started the legal procedures , but now we are a little bit hesitate coz unfortuantely we heard many bad things about racial discrimination against the foreign investors there and specially the Tunisians and Libyans business men . , your honest comments plz

  90. Hello Elisabeth Thank you , thank you in advance, I’m from Bulgaria but the last 12 years living and working in Greece, I think to move and live in Malta with my fiancee and my daughter. I graduated from specialized secondary school in marine and ocean fishing to with specialty electrical equipment of ship how hard it is to get a job and roughly how much will be the monthly salary? And another thing how much roughly is rental a home with 2 bedrooms? Have a nice day

  91. Hello Elisabeth,
    i have been following this thread and i think you are the person that i really wanted to ask and get information about my questions,i am from the Philippines and wanted to move and live in Malta,my plan is to set up a small business in the country,i have a retailing business here in the Philippines and i was thinking of the same business that i am planning to set up there,is there any possibilty of this plan of mine?do you any information on how much would be the cost (Estimate cost) on setting of business (Business Permit, Rent, Bank account requirement,and other documents required)i am planning to migrate with my family..
    hoping for you response and thoughts in this,

    Thank you,

  92. Marlon,
    I suggest you start off by contacting Malta Enterprise, the agency that deals with inward and outward investment and should be able to advise you on your options and the retail scene here in Malta. You will also need to make contact with a legal firm here to ensure you follow the regulations; a lawyer on side in Malta will also help smooth your path, advising you and dealing with paperwork. The other entities to contact would be the Malta Chamber of Commerce and the GRTU, the Malta Chamber of Small Businesses. We can’t give you specific info here at Malta Insideout, but we can help point you to the entities which can.

  93. hello, i’m a Filipino nurse and currently working in Libya. After my 2 years contract I want to move to Malta and eventually work there as a nurse. I want to go to Malta directly here fron Libya. what are the steps that I should do? please help. thanks.

  94. Hi Mark Dino Albiela,
    First, you’ll need to see about a Visa and whether you would be entitled to work in Malta, and also see about parity of your qualification vav Maltese and EU regulations. I suggest in the first instance you contact the Maltese Embassy in Tripoli for guidance, and also look further up this comment thread where you will find links to the relevant ministries here in Malta that deal with Visa, residency, expat affairs etc. The Malta Nursing Association might be useful to contact too. A Malta-owned private hospital operates in Tripoli – St James Hospital. Perhaps contact them as they have hospitals here in Malta.

  95. thanks Elizabeth… please stay in touch in case I need further details…

  96. Hello Elisabeth Thank you , thank you in advance, I’m from Bulgaria but the last 12 years living and working in Greece, I think to move and live in Malta with my fiancee and my daughter. I graduated from specialized secondary school in marine and ocean fishing to with specialty electrical equipment of ship how hard it is to get a job and roughly how much will be the monthly salary? And another thing how much roughly is rental a home with 2 bedrooms? Have a nice day

  97. Stepan,
    I can’t really comment on the job scene in your specialisation or industry but suggest you contact recruitment firms here in Malta – a Google search is enough to find a long list! The Freeport, and various ship servicing agents here might also be worth contacting – again google the latter. The University of Malta has various institutes and centres relating to marine affairs: try this one for starters on Marine Biology and Conservation. Staff there might be able to help advise you on jobs in the public entities and private sector. Malta has a large fisheries industry – talk to Azzopardi Fisheries.

    Regarding accommodation, I think a spacious 2-bed in Sliema / St Julian’s could be found for around Euro 450 – 550 (and upwards of course!), depending on your lifestyle and needs. Most accommodation is very reasonable here – you get large apartments way below the average in most of the rest of Europe. Google real estate agencies and lettings in Malta for a long list of agents’ sites – most have online search. That will give you a good idea of pricing.

  98. Hi Elizabeth,

    It seems like you are ignoring my question !!! so once again : we are a Tunisian company , we are planing to start a business there in Malta , actually we already started the legal procedures , but now we are a little bit hesitate coz unfortuantely we heard many bad things about racial discrimination against the foreign investors there and specially the Tunisians and Libyans business men . , your honest comments plz

  99. Sorry for the delay but we run this site voluntarily and I am not always able to answer very specific, individual questions. If you are intending to set up a bone fide business here in Malta, I can’t see you’d have any reason to think that you would not be welcome. Your legal firm here handling your affairs would be better placed to comment on any hurdles or barriers to business you might find. Malta is an increasingly cosmopolitan country – my son has three Libyan children in his year at school and they are welcomed as any other nationality is. I consider Malta a welcoming and tolerant society and it has long-standing ties with North African countries, in particular Libya. But that is not to say that individual might find some aspects of a new culture or country unsettling. If your business is aimed at serving Maltese clients, then you will of course need to understand the local culture well. If it’s of a more international inclination, you will be based here presumably because the business climate is conducive to your sector’s fiscal operations for example or because it allows you to gain entry to EU markets. The business argument needs to stack up really to accomplish your aims. I am certainly not in a position to comment on your worries in detail. I suggest you make contact with the Libya or Tunisian community here to hear their word on the ground as that might be more a litmus test for you than my general observations. I would think the respective embassies can put you in contact.

  100. Thanks Elizabeth

  101. Hi, my name is gabriel, I`m a romanian citizen and I have lived in Uk for the past 3 years. I am willing to move to malta and I would like to know if there is any programme or some website that help imigrants to find rent, a job, directions and other things lie that. Thank you

  102. Gabriel,
    You’ll find quite a bit of info on our site if you go to the Expats menu here. We’ve various opinion and more factual articles that will set the scene for you. There is no single website for all your needs. But it’s easy to Google recruitment agencies Malta and also real estate agents. Expat fora also help; try this one. If you come on a short trip to Malta first (cheap courtesy of a Ryan Air flight from the UK), you can see quite a few employment agents and view flats to get an idea of what to expect. I suggest you make contact and set up meetings with some recruitment firms before you come, emailing your CV beforehand. I am sure you’ll find five days enough to pack a lot in. Malta is small so it’s easy to do a lot in a short time. Good luck.

  103. Thank you for your help Elizabeth 🙂

  104. dear elizabeth ,
    i am nurse working in india i have 2.7 year experiance in operating room i would like to work in malta how can i get job and visa ,any difficulty for indian citizens geting job and visa please guide me

  105. Abhijith,
    I think if you look further up the comment thread on this post you’ll find my relatively recent reply to a comment similar to yours. It has various links to nursing organisations and hospitals etc that might prove useful to you.

  106. Dear Elizabeth, I am very embaressed of writing to an internet website to talk about, let’s say, personal problems? These are the facts. My family and I live in Italy. I am a native american citizen, my husband is italian. My son is 31 years old, single and wants to go on his own. All this is very natural, of course. The problem is only one, a job. You might know how the situation is here in Italy, very little work for young (and older) people. His ambition is to come to live and work in Malta. Do you have any suggestions for him? Where to find a not very expensive room?What kind of jobs are there for him? We can describe him as a handyman(and more). He is very intentioned to come as soon as possible. Thankyou and I hope to have a response. Even just a Hello!

  107. dear elizabeth,
    In 15 months I am finishing my specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology and I am thinking in moving to Malta to work as a doctor.Unfortunatelly I dont know anything on where to look for informations about what steps I should take in order to achive it.Would you be so kind to guide through that

  108. Josephine,
    I can understand your concerns and as I have a son as well (though still very young), I can empathise with you about wanting to see him settled and in work. It’s every parent’s concern. Malta has seen a lot of incoming migration from the EU in recent years, and the country has fared quite well despite most of Europe’s economic upheavals. Casual and manual labour is available, I am sure, though probably not very well paid. If your son is a qualified plumber or electrician, that would help him no end. While some predict a boom and bust effect in the building industry here (as the islands’ economy is fueled greatly by property), I think there is work – though do be aware that some migrants take jobs at well below satisfactory wages and so push salaries downwards generally. However, don’t let that put him off. I am sure he could find a reasonable job and wage and as rental property prices can be good value here (depending on the area), it is possible to get along. I don’t know if he has some cash to spare but a short reccy trip here to see what’s available might help. There are plenty of private recruitment firms, which he can simply google a list of, but the government employment bureau is ETC (Employment & Training Commission) based at Hal-Far (near the airport). If you follow the link, you’ll be on the ETC’s job search which lists a good number of general manual jobs along with others like teachers, wine sommeliers and van drivers! Quite a mixed bunch. I suggest he takes a look at that and applies online via their site. Job vacancies are also listed on Malta’s version of ‘eBay’, called Maltapark.com, which has a lot of semi-skilled jobs online.

  109. Elena,
    I suggest you contact the Malta Medical Council to ask about comparability of qualifications and the likelihood of openings here once you qualify. I have a feeling Malta has a lot of students graduating in medicine! Be aware that Malta is very popular for medical students – apparently, so I heard from the grapevine, some 400 potential students applied from the UK alone to study medicine in Malta this year; a figure which doesn’t include those from other EU countries. So, whether there is space for so many graduates in a small job market here I wouldn’t know. Overseas candidates might find a lack of Maltese a problem as in some professions – medicine and law – it is useful. We’ve a lot of overseas doctors in Malta, without Maltese, so I am sure it’s not a stumbling block, but it might be something to ask the Malta Medical Council and/or the Malta Medical Association, if you contact them. Good luck!

  110. Elizabeth, thankyou for the encouragement. That’s just what we needed. My son might take a liitle trip to see how things are in Malta. One last tip, is there a way to learn english, school, lessons? In other words, something possibly free or a small fee. Do I ask too much? Regards.

  111. Josephine,
    There is little by way of free or low-fee English lessons, although Malta does have a whole lot of EFL schools (around 50). I have no doubt he could find one at a reasonable price, as it might be low season when he learns. Some local councils offer low-fee courses, but never free to foreigners. It will depend where he lives. Also, you can find private individuals – perhaps some students – who might help with lessons for low cost, but not with accredited courses, but useful for conversation. If he is doing manual or semi-skilled work, and in other jobs too in fact, he will find that colleagues and employers, if Maltese, will be able to speak Italian, at some level, if not quite fluently. So, he might manage quite well even if he has basic English to start with. Hope this helps.

  112. Thanks again for your helpfullness. Your blog is very usefull. It feels like talking to a friend. Best wishes to you and your family.

  113. Thanks Josephine for you kind comment. Personal is the way the web should be! Sadly still too many faceless companies out there even in decade 3 of social media!

  114. Hi
    Im from Scotland and have been working abroad for 12 years. Im in my early 50’s and was thinking of coming to Malta to work. I was a business studies teacher in Scotland and have been teaching English in Asia for 10 years. Is Malta mostly made up of families or are there single people there of any age? Thanks

  115. Sandra,
    Malta is a small, busy country-city-islands, so you’ll find families ranging from the traditional nuclear Maltese family to expats and their children, plus a whole load of single expats of all ages, from those in their 20s to retirees. There is no shortage of clubs, societies, activities etc to suit all taste from culture to sports, plus business clubs. I really don’t know where to start in advising you. If you have specific queries such as about choral groups or business networking groups, then feel free to ask. Certainly, life here isn’t boring, but it is what you make of it; rest assured that there is diversity and I am sure you’ll find a good group of like-minded people in a short time. I am just about to post (in the next week) an Expat Focus article based on a couple in their late 40s-early 50s who moved here a year ago, moving their business too. Plenty of insights coming up in that post too. So stay with us!

  116. hi..Elizabeth. Iam from India and I have Bachelors Degree in the field of Biotechnology. I have completed my degree in May, 2013 and now I want to work in Malta on permanent basis so would you please tell me the procedure and requirement for this work. Because i dont have any visa right now and cant afford to make it to Malta on my own expense so please understand my problem and tell me some solution for the same

  117. Rajesh,
    We can’t comment on individual queries in detail as each person has a whole different set of qualifications and different career history and aspirations. I think you’ll find most of the links you need (visa info, government dept dealing with expats and residency affairs etc) in the replies to comments above. Gov.mt the government portal is one place to start. Be aware that Malta is seeing large numbers of incoming expats from the EU, so third-country nationals requiring visas might find the job situation quite competitive. Usually a work permit/visa is granted on the basis of an employer requiring your skills; and skills that won’t be found locally or from EU national easily. Try googling bio-med companies here in Malta; a list might be found, or at least some info, on the Malta Enterprise site.

  118. thanks dear for your so kind comments….

  119. Hello! Firstly thank you for all your hard work answering the many questions, the site is very informative! My mother and all her family are Maltese and on that basis I am applying for a Maltese passport with a view to relocating to Malta with my husband. He is Moroccan and would also need to work, he us currently a fire fighter. Will it be possible for him to relocate and work? I am a teacher and would be interested in opening a school either primary or a language school. Thank you for any advice you can give.

  120. I am qualified registered nurse from pakistan, currently doing a job in Jeddah saudi arbia, having up 15 years experience. I would like move to malta to work. please help me how to I proceed. Thanks in advance

  121. Hi there Elizabeth, I’m a professional solo jazz guitarist and guitar instructor currently working in primary and secondary schools in the uk. do you know of the current teaching situation in this area. Guitar is the most popular instrument in uk . I have contacted some jazz clubs re gigs with a view of visiting for a month or 2 but was after any info on teaching opportunities…kind regards,Stuart.

  122. Stuart,
    From my experience of music in schools here in Malta, things will be very limited for you career / opportunity wise. Music is barely offered as a subject (it’s been axed from my son’s curriculum this year, his first in senior school), and was barely present in his primary schooling. He is at a private school that teaches in English. I doubt state schools (which teach in Maltese) are much better at offering music. Most children study music and take up instruments outside of formal education, tending to go for private lessons after school hours. Malta incredibly has, I believe, the highest number of children in the EU studying music / playing instruments. This is probably because of traditional band clubs (brass) and the culture of band marches in localities particularly at festa time. I would assume then that if you’re intending to move here and earn a living from music, that you factor in teaching privately only (and building up a clientele over time). A trawl around schools will probably give you some extra income as guitar might be offered in after school clubs. I suggest you contact the Valletta music school which is run by the state and offers courses at all levels. They might be able to guide you there are to opportunities. Try this link for contact details: http://schoolofmusicmalta.skola.edu.mt/

  123. Catherine, if you read the comment thread above, you will see that we have answered several people who are keen to move to Malta to work in nursing. You’ll find any relevant contact links in those replies.

  124. Trudie,
    You have quite specific queries, but first up, as you are an EU citizen – or will be with that Maltese passport – I don’t see any issues relating to moving to Malta. Teaching jobs there might be – certainly to start with, to get to know Malta, you’ll find work in the EFL sector, no problem, if you have the relevant teaching English qualifications. I think those would be needed even if you’ve been a primary school teacher. I suggest you contact FELTOM, the organisation that oversees the EFL sector in Malta, to find out specifics. I don’t know about the fire service in Malta, but there is a private company that works in the fire safety – security sector and which has quite large-scale operation, and in N Africa too. I know of two expats with fire safety qualifications who have worked for them – try contacting Firetech. There are other companies too. They might be interested in your husband’s background.

  125. hey, these days I am looking for a job in MALTA. Please tell me what are the accommodation possibilities being a female single skill worker if employer will not cover housing. reply me soon

  126. Ruksana,
    Just Google real estate agents Malta and do some research on their lettings listings for an idea of rental prices. You’ll need to research jobs first, in your line of business, to see what salaries are like. Again, google for recruitment firms – around 30 or so in Malta!

  127. Dear Elizabeth,

    Im a peadiatric dentist practicing in India.I would like to migrate to Malta. Pls could you let me know the formalities involved to practice dentistry as a foreign dentist. Also is it worth the effort? awaiting ur earliest response.

  128. Hi, Elizabeth. i really appreciate your time and assistance. please, i am an optometrist with 4 years experience. Please, i want to know my chances of getting a job with Malta Government if i am registered with the medical board in Malta. Is it possible i get a job before coming or must i be a landed immigrant before securing a job. Thanks

  129. Dr Sunny, we can’t answer specific queries as it takes some time to reply to questions about individual needs, industries, sectors, recruitment potential etc. I suggest you look further up our comment thread here where we have replied to several commenters requiring info about govt links, medical boards etc. The Malta Government Portal – gov.mt – is your best place to start in finding the relevant authorities for your sector, as well as visa info.

  130. Ojiabo, I really have no idea about the chances of getting jobs in the medical sector here. Please refer to the info I have given to earlier commenters in this thread for links to useful info on medical councils, the Malta Government portal etc. I suggest you google as well to find out about your industry in Malta. We really aren’t able to answer specific enquiries relating to quite specific sectors, as we run pretty much on a voluntary basis on this site. I think you’ll find quite a bit of useful info further up the thread though if you trawl upwards in the comments. Sorry we can’t help more.

  131. Hi ya Elizabeth (or anyone), I am a uk citizen, I am coming to Malta shortly (november-ish) and desperately need employment. Would it be easy for me to get any job over the winter months in Malta? Any tips or advice? Thanks.

  132. Jack, it would depend on what you were looking for. I guess casual work such as bar work, sales for various tourism entities etc, would be possible. I think you’ll need to be a bit more specific about what you’re thinking of before I, or anyone else, could comment helpfully.

  133. Thanks Elizabeth, it really would be ANY work that i could do, im really not fussy as it would only be for 3-4 months. Is waiter or bar work plentiful and easy to come across ?

  134. Jack, I would think so. See the ETC site (government portal for jobs) for an idea of some casual labour around. Malta’s version of eBay, Maltapark, also has jobs – see top menu. Most there would be casual I would think. I doubt recruitment agencies deal much in such short time work. Try also all the English Language Schools to see if they need anyone on admin /sales / amimation though their peak season is summer really. You can google them, and perhaps google restaurants, bars and hotels. Try also Malta Yellow Pages online for listings of likely sectors / firms.

  135. Thank you Elizabeth, thats really helpful.

  136. Hi, I am a Greek marine electronics technician and considering moving to Malta for work. Is English a language widely spoken, or i will have to learn Maltese?
    I have been a couple of times at Malta in the past (5-6 years ago) and in many cases i found it hard to communicate in English


  137. John,
    I am not sure why you had problems communicating in English in the past as it’s spoken by all but some folk in rural areas and perhaps some older people won’t be fluent in it. It is the joint official language and taught at school (private schools teach the entire curriculum in English). It may be that in some manual or semi-manual workplaces you will find Maltese the main language of communication; professionals tend to use English in the workplace. It will depend on the type of environment you are in. It may well be the case that meetings are held in Maltese, and English is used interchangeably. If a non-Maltese speaker is present, generally English will be used but some banter will happen in Maltese (colleagues translating or rephrasing in English if the non-Maltese speaker needs to know what’s going on). It will depend on what work you’re seeking and at what level. I doubt it would be an issue though as Malta has so many expats working here these days; nearly of whom will be non-Maltese, and often non-native English speakers too. Of course, if you learn a few pleasantries in Maltese, it’ll help.

  138. hi there, i’m an italian nurse and i’d like to ask u about the opportunities to work there…what about monthly income/salary and how many hours per day is the working day? thanks

  139. Marco, I suggest you look further up the comment thread on this post where you’ll find relevant links to nursing. The various bodies will be able to give you more idea of the prospects here in nursing.

  140. Dear Elizabeth,
    I am a US citizen living in Atlanta, GA, USA. I recently lost my business which was a used car dealership and ready to move on. I hold an MBA and I am single. I also speak Arabic and French and I am 51 years old. Can you please tell me if I need a work permit to work in Malta? Also, how is the job market, specifically the hotel industry? I do have an extensive background in hotel

  141. Dear Elizabeth,
    I am an experienced dentist from Greece and want to relocate to Malta with my family as Greece is in deep financial crisis and I am out of business lately. Do you have any idea where should I start looking for dentist job ads?
    Thank you

  142. Elena,
    I suggest you contact the Malta Dental Association for some professional guidance on how to enter the sector in Malta. On this site, we have an advert for a practice, Savina Dental. I suggest you contact them too as they might be able to give you some advice; as one of the more innovative and enterprising practices, Savina might be able to keep your details on file should they require staff. Dental jobs ads probably don’t pop up in the press, nor would be available online. You will need to contact individual practices – google for a list, as I am sure you’ll find them. Try also Malta Yellow Pages.

  143. Gus,
    As a non-EU national, you will certainly need a visa – you can enter the country as a tourist for up to 3 months, I believe, but if you are intending to work here, you will need a working visa. This is related to your job and would be applied for by the company hiring you and can take some time. All that will need quite some organisation as the job comes first, visa second and related to and dependent on the work. You could hawk your CV to various recruitment consulting firms here (Google them), making note of your Arabic language abilities as that might mark you out as being able to offer something that locals don’t have. We have a post on this site following the trials and tribulations of a US couple and their Visa issues here in Malta. It will be worth reading to give you an insight into the issues. If you have the budget, come to Malta as tourist and once on the ground here you can sort out job prospects. Perhaps contact the US Embassy here in Malta for guidance too.

  144. Hey Elizabeth. All of a sudden I found this website and I saw people keep asking you a different questions. I’m in high-school right now and I need to choose my path where I want to continue my studies. I’d love to start bachelor in graphic design. But unfortunately I can’t found this program. I checked Malta university and College of art and technology. I know that I need to take IELTS exam, but what else I have to do? What they have in take exams in advanced level and etc? I would appreciate any help. Thanks 🙂

  145. Egle, I had closed comments on this post as we tend to inundated with very personal and specific queries. I think you’ll need to contact the institutions you mention to find out about course reqs and costs. Plus, if you are not living in Malta, you will need to sort living costs too. We’ve plenty of recent posts on that on the site – about rentals and food costs etc. Good luck.

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