Living in Malta – The Ultimate Guide About Emigration (2022)

CHAPTER 1

Welcome – Your path to Malta

Are you thinking about emigrating to Malta?

In any event you’ve come to the right place with your plans…

…Here I’ve summarized the most important information about living in Malta for you.

But let’s not wait any longer and get into it right away.

 

Dear reader,

I’m so glad you’ve found your way to my blog and that you’re thinking about emigrating to Malta.

When I moved here in 2011, I was a bit skeptical at first. However, my concerns were allayed within a very short time.

Believe me: Living where others go on vacation – it’s not just a cliché. Sun and warm temperatures, the sea at your doorstep and so much more—Malta is worth it.

The fact that you’re thinking about it in advance is more than commendable. An emigration has effects on almost all areas of life and such a step needs to be well thought out.

In working at the law firm of Dr. Werner & Partner, I often meet prospective clients who have not yet dealt with the new country at all and for whom only the local tax advantages are decisive.

Surely you will have heard of Malta’s tax advantages. The fact that these play a major role when it comes to the question of whether or not to emigrate to Malta is absolutely legitimate. For me, however, it is always important to say:Tax advantages should not be the only reason you move.

If you don’t like warm temperatures or if you don’t like the Maltese philosophy of life, you won’t be happy in Malta.

Therefore, in this list I have not exclusively highlighted tax aspects, but also go into the culture and country itself, so you can get an overall picture of the island state of Malta.

I’m so pleased to be able to provide you with my insights in this way. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

And should you need any further advice, we can always meet over coffee in the office of Dr. Werner & Partner.

Best wishes from sunny Malta

Philipp M. Sauerborn

CHAPTER 2

The Maltese ID Card – A must in Malta!

My compilation starts with…

Bureaucracy!

Oh, darn, bureaucracy…

But not in this case: the Maltese ID card opens many doors.

Now I’ll explain why you should get this invaluable little card.

First things first: Anyone moving to Malta should apply for a Maltese ID card, no matter what!

The document in the form of a card certifies that you live in Malta and thus guarantees some advantages. Even though the document is certainly similar to your identity card (and in credit card format), its sole purpose is to confirm that you are a resident of Malta.

You will often need to mention the card number, that’s the document number, be it for rental contracts, medical appointments, or other appointments.

Advantages start with much cheaper bus tickets up to the borrowing in a library. Although applying for the card is often a small test of patience (I could tell stories!), in view of the advantages a must for every Malta expatriate.

Where do I get the good stuff?

You can get the ID card at the Head Office of Identity Malta in Msida (Identity Malta Agency Head Office Valley Road, Msida, MSD 9020). The procedure has changed a bit since Corona: Currently, the necessary documents must be sent by e-mail to (for EU citizens). A list with all necessary documents can be found on the corresponding website.

Important: When applying, you have to prove how you’ll finance your living. This can be done either through self-employment, employment or existing cash reserves. Dependents of a person who can provide this evidence and also have a Maltese ID card do not have to provide the evidence themselves.

Also important: Your landlord must confirm that you are a tenant of his apartment. There is also a form for this. If you are the owner of an apartment or a house, yourself, you must register your property accordingly. The background: In the past, often a household registered dozens of people as residents, only to fake residency in Malta. To put a stop to this and to keep track of how many people live in which household, there is now a landlord certification.

Once you have submitted the documents and they have been verified, you will be given an appointment to take a photo which will be printed on the photo ID. The photo will be taken at the Head Office of the Authority.

Two to three weeks later, you’ll receive mail with a pick-up slip. With this pick-up slip, you can then, surprise surprise, pick up your new ID Card.

The whole procedure can take up to two months. For the meantime, you can also carry on with your existing ID card.

Tip: As of now (January 2021) the entry at Google Maps is not 100% correct. The building of Identity Malta is relatively new and large and on the page is the logo of the authority. As an EU citizen, you need to use the side entrance on the left side of the building to apply for your ID card.

Online services with Maltese eID

One thing that I see as a big advantage in the public nature of Malta is that digitalization is already very advanced here. Many bureaucratic processes take place completely digitally, and are centrally regulated via a login linked to your ID card.

Be it your personal taxes, the sales tax declaration for your company, even your entire medical record is handled online and with one login.

Note to self: As part of the relocation package at the law firm of Dr. Werner & Partner, our staff will take care of the application for the ID card and communication with the authorities for you.

CHAPTER 3

The Maltese health care system – It’s that good

Especially since Corona, an important question:

How good is the health care system in Malta?

The good news in advance: A lot has happened!

This chapter was not originally planned. However, because of many inquiries, especially about Corona, I would like to devote enough space to this topic.

When it comes to the Maltese health care system, for many years we heard nothing good from many places. And I don’t want to absolve my blog from that.

The good news:

A lot has happened here.

Before I talk about the conditions, I would like to explain the basic system. This is different than in Germany.

You do not necessarily need health insurance in Malta. As a holder of a Maltese ID card, you have free access to most medical services on the island.

These are financed by taxpayers‘ money, so it is state-controlled.

Thus, a system with statutory and private health insurance does not exist and every person residing in Malta is, in this sense, „legally insured“.

In addition, there are insurance companies that cover costs that are not covered by the state health care system. Many employers offer their employees such additional insurances as an incentive.

The distribution of doctors is also a little different in Malta. Unless you need to see a specialist, most pharmacies have an integrated doctor’s office!

This means you can show up without an appointment, report for an exam, and after a short wait, it’s your turn. There is also no patient file kept by you, this is all done via a central system (eHealth).

Cost: between 10 and 15 euros, to be paid at the pharmacy after the treatment.

Information about opening hours and doctors present can be found on the website Pharmacy.com.mt.

A tip at this point for you: Pharmacy and doctor promise each other a certain level of interaction, of course.

Meaning: your doctor will probably always prescribe something, even if it’s just vitamins. It is up to you to then buy these vitamins or not. But investigating here whether you really need the pills now or not is always a good idea.

Emergency care: Mater Dei, the largest hospital in Malta

The largest hospital in Malta is Mater Dei. 

And believe me: It is big even by German standards.

Besides Mater Dei, however, there are several other hospitals distributed around the island with different purposes. These are:

  • Mater Dei Hospital (L-Isptar Mater Dei), Msida, Emergency and Training Hospital.
  • Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Hospital (L-Isptar Sir Anthony Mamo), Msida, oncology clinic
  • Karin Grech Hospital (L-Isptar Karen Grech), Pietà, rehabilitation clinic
  • Sir Paul Boffa Hospital (L-Isptar Boffa) , Floriana, Hospital specialized in Oncology, Palliative Medicine and Dermatology
  • St. Vincent De Paul Residence (San Vincenz de Paul or L-Ingieret), Luqa, long-term care
  • Mount Carmel Hospital (L-Isptar Monti Karmeli), Attard, Psychiatric Clinic
  • Gozo General Hospital (L-Isptar Generali ta‘ Ghawdex), Victoria Gozo, General Hospital.

In particular, those living in the St. Julians and Sliema area are usually treated at Mater Dei, if necessary.

Now to the quality of treatment:

What’s most unattractive is definitely the waiting times. Those who are not classified as emergencies often have to wait for hours to be treated.

This is not really different elsewhere, I know, nevertheless you should know that days when you are supposed to be treated at Mater Dei better be kept free.

The quality of treatment as such has improved a lot in my eyes. I am not a medical doctor, so my assessment here is of course purely subjective. I myself have not been in treatment for a long time, but unfortunately my brother, who also lives in Malta, has had to visit the hospital for a few days. 

In his experience, the care is really good. The staffing ratio is significantly higher than in Germany, for example, and the employees take a lot of time for their patients.

Also, the equipment available is not at all outdated. So you really don’t have to worry here. Unless you are a gourmet. Then you will definitely take umbrage with the hospital food.

Maltas health System

Malta’s handling of Corona/Covid-19

Some time ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be giving a particular pathogen its own section on my blog.

Well. Here we are.

The Corona virus has also arrived in Malta, of course. Especially at the beginning of the pandemic, Malta’s approach was quite radical:

The island was more or less completely sealed off at the beginning of March 2020 and all air and ferry traffic was suspended (until July).

The idea was that once you have the virus under control on an island, you have it under control.

The plan worked. At the end of June, there were temporarily no more new infections in Malta.

However, anyone who knows Malta knows that the country is dependent on tourism with hotels and bars. That’s why traffic was reopened in July.

As a result, the number of infections went up again, just like everywhere else in the world.

I don’t want to judge the procedure at this point, everyone should form his own opinion. However, compared with the actions of other countries, I noticed:

  • Malta tests significantly more. The test rate, i.e. tests/100,000 inhabitants, is one of the highest in the world.
  • Tests are basically free of charge, regardless of the reason for the test
  • Tests can be booked relatively easily by calling
  • Quarantine regulations are enforced and controlled
  • You get deliveries of food and daily necessities delivered if you are in quarantine
  • Restaurants have not been closed except during the March lockdown
  • There was only one lockdown
  • Economic stimulus measures were attractive to Maltese residents (each citizen received €120 in vouchers to spend in local stores). There was little financial support for businesses operating in industries that were – according to the government – only weakly affected.

Currently, the case numbers are stable to slightly decreasing. Since I do not update this post on a weekly basis, but the issue naturally changes at very short notice, it is advisable to check e.g. the Times of Malta for the current situation.

CHAPTER 4

Emigrating to Malta – What the tax office says

Your plan to emigrate to Malta has at least one opponent: the domestic tax office.

The reason: With your departure the office loses tax money…

…and as everyone knows, when it comes to this particular asset, the offices don’t kid around.

So you know what you have to expect: Here’s what you’re in for.

Moving to Malta can often result in significant tax relief.

Sure, you’ve heard that before. But what are the consequences?

Well, you move your place of residence, are therefore initially taxable in Malta and, for example, the German, Swiss or even any other tax authorities of the country in which you previously resided, will be left empty-handed.

And you can be sure:

This does not suit the responsible tax office at first!

And at this point I must even say that it often rightly goes against the grain of the offices. Too often in the past, people pretended to live in Malta (in order to benefit from the tax advantages) without really establishing any substance in Malta. And then the case is clear. The tax burden is shifted due to false information – a crime called tax evasion. Since just recently, this crime also falls into the category of money laundering, which can have really serious consequences.

Although back then this practice may have often gone undetected, today it is practically unthinkable. At every point you pass in the course of a tax optimization in Malta, you will encounter transparency. International financial agreements such as BEPS or FACTA have greatly curbed undetected tax fraud.

My opinion on this: great!

In fact, I believe that the transparency you have gained can be your greatest friend. Because as indicated in the beginning, your home tax office is not at all happy about the fact that you suddenly meet your tax liability in Malta. It is not uncommon that you will have to prove that Malta is rightly the country where the tax burden is incurred. 

And if you really generated the taxable income in Malta, then I can assure you that you will have no problems.

If you live in Malta, you can easily prove that real value creation takes place in Malta.

So create substance on the ground, forget about obfuscation tactics, always be honest – an approach that has proven itself and that we at the law firm of Dr. Werner & Partner apply consistently.

Interesting info for globetrotters and digital nomads: You’ve probably heard of the 183-day rule. This key figure belongs to the realm of fables.

You heard it right! The number is often used to prove that the center of life is really in Malta. Logically, however, this raises the question:

What about people who do not spend more than 183 days in any country, as is the case with digital nomads, for example?

I have already hinted at this: it’s important that the center of life is in Malta.  This must be credibly substantiated. That this is difficult to do if you are only in Malta for two weeks a year should be obvious. But…

…considerably fewer days than 183 are sufficient, provided that Malta is the home port to which you return in between.

CHAPTER 5

Compulsory Education in Malta – Also for Children of Emigrants

You’d like to emigrate to Malta with your children?

This is immanently feasible.
What you need to know about compulsory education and which schools are recommended…

…. that’s what I’ll go into now.

When I emigrated to Malta with my then fiancée (now my wife), we didn’t have any children together.

Things are different today:

Today I am the proud father of two daughters, aged five and three, and thus the topic of kindergarten and compulsory schooling has also gained relevance for me.

One thing I can assure you in advance: children have it good in Malta, too.

There are several kindergartens in Malta. Nevertheless, it is worth taking your time when looking for a kindergarten. There are nice kindergartens that offer very good care without television. However, you may have to accept a longer commute to get there.

If both parents want to work, you should also consider a nanny or an au pair. These are more expensive, but for one or the other may be the better alternative.

Compulsory schooling issue.

I have often heard the rumor that there is no compulsory education in Malta.

This is of course nonsense.

Since 1946 every child has to go to school until the age of 16.

For you as an emigrant, the next step is to decide which school to attend. You can choose between private international schools and Maltese state schools.

International schools in Malta cost money

In contrast to Maltese schools, international schools offer lessons that are held entirely in English. In addition, the children often meet other children there whose parents have also emigrated or often have to change their place of residence for professional reasons – in other words, getting to know each other is something many students do there, so it may be better for a gentler start.

The disadvantage of private schools: They cost quite a bit.

Certainly the most renowned private school is Verdala International School. But this also has its price. On the one hand, the school fees per child amount to several thousand euros per year, on the other hand, you also have to be prepared for a long waiting period if you want to send your child to this school.

An alternative is the QSI International School. The school advertises that there are no waiting lists. So if you want to send your child on short notice, you should ask here. As far as the costs are concerned, I have unfortunately not found any information and do not know anyone directly whose children attend the school. However, it certainly does not cost anything to ask.

Government schools in Malta: Maltese is spoken

The difference is quite simple: At Maltese state schools, subjects are taught in Maltese in addition to English, the official language.

The advantage is that the children quickly come into contact with Maltese and this is especially recommended for people who want to stay on the island for a longer period of time. Taking into account that children learn foreign languages particularly quickly, the state schools should also be considered.

By the way, you should not have any fear of contact with the Catholic Church, since many state schools are still under the care of the church. However, you should be prepared for the fact that Malta is a very Christian country.

A crux about Maltese education: In many conversations with Maltese parents I learned that not all Maltese find it useful that their children learn Maltese. Many would prefer that every subject be taught in English. But Malta also has many traditionalists.

By the way, if you want to learn more on the subject, I recommend you read my wife’s article: https://philippsauerborn.com/en/maltas-school-system-kindergarten-the-complete-overview-2021/

CHAPTER 6

Renting an apartment in Malta – Tips, tricks and costs.

Every emigrant needs an apartment.

But there are a few things to keep in mind here – otherwise it can get expensive!

Please fasten your seatbelts, here comes:

An introduction to the Maltese real estate market in fast forward.

You already know it: Moving is always associated with a lot of stress.

It’s the same for anyone who has chosen Malta as their next place of residence. However, the Maltese housing market has its peculiarities, where it pays to be attentive.

It is not advisable to move to Malta with all your belongings.

Most of the apartments you will find on the real estate market are rented furnished.  A circumstance that I actually appreciate very much. You save the long and costly transport of  furniture and can settle in practically overnight in Malta.

Knowing that, whether you still choose to strain the capacities of the airline you fly to Malta is entirely up to you.

My personal insider tip: Use TNT’s international pallet shipping service to transport at least your most important items to Malta. For a Euro pallet with the dimensions 80cm x 120cm x 180cm and up to 500kg weight you pay about 600€ (use comparison sites!). The shipment then takes about 5 days.

Not cheap, but certainly cheaper and above all more time-saving than a dedicated transporter trip.

In general, the apartment search in Malta goes as follows: The apartments come on the market when the previous tenant has moved out. Short-term viewings are then required and not infrequently the bid is accepted on the same day of the viewing. And: Since the previous tenant has already moved out, you can move in immediately.

Let’s move on to an insider tip when looking for an apartment:

Always take a Maltese with you to viewings, then your chances of not being ripped off increase (even if this has improved in recent years).

It often helps if you let your friendly Malteser make the appointment and ask for a price quote at the same time.

It doesn’t always have to be a real estate agent, either:

If you place an ad in the Maltese newspapers, you have a good chance of receiving offers for apartments. Here applies:

Describe as concretely as possible what you are looking for and go at least 100€ below your limit when it comes to price.

Last but not least: Don’t limit your search to St. Julians, Sliema and Valletta.

These cities are the best known and busiest, but price/performance is a bit wrong here in my eyes. If you are looking for something outside – „outside“ doesn’t have to be more than 2-3 kilometers from the hotspots – you will get a very good price/performance ratio. Here Santa Venera, Msida and Birkara have become popular areas. You can get an apartment with two bedrooms and living room here for about 900-1000€ including utilities (as of January 2020).

Finding an apartment in Malta

Update December 2020: Real estate prices decreasing steadily

Triggered by the Corona crisis, prices for real estate in Malta – both purchase prices and rents – have plummeted – on average by about 25%. 

It is very noticeable that Maltese residents are currently moving significantly less.

The result: significantly lower rents. A great sea-view apartment in Sliema, which previously cost at least 2000€ per month, can now be rented for 1500€ per month. This development can also be observed in the other towns. In Santa Venera/Hamrun, new two-bedroom apartments are now available for as little as 600€ per month.

CHAPTER 7

Taxing the move?! How not to become a tax evader

So you’d like to emigrate to Malta right away?

Right attitude! Nevertheless, you should pay attention to some things, because…

…there are tax traps when emigrating.

The keyword here is exit taxation.

Let’s get on with the topic.

It has been my experience that one of the biggest fears of many emigrants is to inadvertently become a tax evader.

And indeed:

Especially in the year in which the center of life is relocated, the change of location can initially cause difficulties. However, it is easy to avoid unintentionally becoming a tax evader.

Should you be confronted with the accusation of tax evasion after the move, then in the vast majority of cases it will be because the local tax office assumes that you continue to reside e.g. in Germany.

As a rule, the offices don’t jump out with such accusations without reason; there will at least be a reasonable suspicion.

Maybe you were often in your home country in the last six months, you still have a rented apartment or you still drive a car registered to you in your home country? The list of possible reasons is long and now it’s your turn to prove that there is a specific reason behind all the suspicions and that your real center of life is in Malta.

Your mother has been living in your apartment since you emigrated, but the contracts continue to be in your name?

Draw up a contract with your mother.

You’re often in your home country for business?

Provide evidence that you’re still often in Malta and that your visits are not significantly responsible for your income.

Basically, especially in the first year of emigration, meticulously record everything in writing, in order to be able to immediately dispel the whiff of doubt on the part of the tax office.

Finally, a few words of reassurance: Those who have moved completely to Malta will usually have no problems being able to prove it. Cell phone or electricity bills or even the bank statement of the Maltese account are common and accepted proofs. There are many ways to prove that you really live in Malta.

Furthermore: This point is especially important if you are a shareholder of a Malta Limited. In the case of companies, the tax authorities check twice and then three times. Again, I would like to refer you to my article about the 10 commandments when choosing a domicile.

CHAPTER 8

Living costs in Malta – Is Malta expensive?

„How expensive is it to live in Malta?“

I hear this question very often.

„It depends!“

I often give this answer and am met with dissatisfied faces.

So let’s put the cards on the table now:

Here’s what it costs to live in Malta.

Other countries – other customs….

…and other prices!

You’re familiar with the concept from your time spent on vacation: Some food is much more expensive than in your native homeland, others cheaper and maybe here the advertisement for that new car promises breathtaking terms.

It’s the same in Malta.

While housing and utility costs are now about the same level as in Germany, food tends to be somewhat more expensive. This is mainly due to the fact that a large part of the products have to be imported.

And if a product is manufactured in Malta, it is not uncommon for there to be only one manufacturer, who can thus set the price almost at will.

Of course, it also depends on where you buy the items. Because:

In smaller stores, things are usually more expensive, but often also of better quality; in larger ones like Smart or Towers Supermarket, the price is often around 10-20% cheaper. However, these are not to be compared with large German supermarkets (for example Metro), but rather with the prices in Rewe or Edeka.

The keyword globalization is also valid in Malta. Here, the discount chain Lidl has been around for a while now and has been well received. The prices here are similar to those in the rest of Europe.

However, one thing is cheaper here than in other countries: services that involve the use of personnel. This means, for example, hairdressers, nail salons or massages.

Living costs in Malta

Restaurant prices in Malta

As far as restaurants are concerned, Malta is similar to Italy.

The espresso in the Pistizzeria next door is available for one euro, and you can also get the cappuccino to go for just a little more. The location determines the prices here. Sliema is more expensive according to my experience, even though you can get cheap and tasty coffee in small pistizerrias here too.

Restaurants are priced at the same level as in Germany, and even here there are more expensive and than also cheaper options. So no surprises here.

Costs for a mobile phone and internet in Malta

On the topic of Internet and mobile phones:

Here you have to put a little more on the table if you want the same quality as in Germany. Although the networks are very well developed in Malta, the rates have been different here for a while.

While billing by data volume is common practice in Germany, the Maltese providers (Go, Melita and Vodafone) do not limit the data volume, but throttle the speed. In the cheap tariff, you then surf at 2 Mbit/s and only in the most expensive tariff do you surf at full speed. This is a procedure that we have known from DSL providers for years.

Everyone has to decide for themselves what speed is worth.

The same applies to the Internet in your home. Fiber is now available in metropolitan areas, enabling Internet speeds of up to 1,000 Mbit/s. In Malta, again, location is the most important factor. Here, Malta is in no way inferior to the major German cities.

Rental and real estate prices in Malta

As I mentioned in the previous chapter:

In terms of prices, Malta now rivals Germany. The reason:

Demand has risen sharply in recent years as more and more people from abroad move to Malta.

CHAPTER 10

Transportation in Malta – Public buses or car?

One small island, plenty of cars.

The result: crowded roads.

And Malta also has a special feature to offer when it comes to importing cars.

More details in the following chapter.

Whether it’s the work commute, a trip to the supermarket, or picking up the kids:

In Malta, most things are done by car.

However, in Malta, cars are a thing of the past. The country has one of the highest car densities in the world, and it shows. During rush hour, the roads are enormously congested, and routes that normally take ten minutes suddenly take 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the government is aware of the problem – and is introducing curious taxes.

The crowded roads in Malta have led the government to do its utmost to ensure that the many immigrants and investors who move to Malta do not use cars from the mainland.

That’s right!

Specifically, this is implemented through an import tax on used cars, which varies depending on the age and model of the vehicle. However, I can assure you that the matter will not be cheap.

In the case of a used car, the import tax often even exceeds the value of the vehicle and is therefore not affordable. So, whether you buy a car in Malta that has been imported expensively by the dealer or import a car yourself and pay tax on it, is up to you…

…keeping a car in Malta is in any case not cheap, even if it can be, no question, very comfortable!

And yet: the number of cars registered in Malta continues to increase almost constantly. At the end of 2019, the number of registered cars exceeded 400 000. Madness!

However, you should think twice before buying a new car. There are two reasons for this:

Narrow roads + left-hand traffic.

Although you get used to left-hand traffic, the Maltese way of driving itself can take some time to get used to. Yes, every now and then there’ll be some damage to a side mirror. Also, the narrow roads are not necessarily car friendly.

Nevertheless, I have had the experience that so far everyone eventually comes to terms with the Maltese way of driving. 

However, one or the other of you will certainly look around for alternatives and of course one will find them in Malta. The public transport consists of many buses, with which you can travel cheaply, especially if you have an ID card. The reliability of the schedules leaves a lot to be desired, but the buses are a good alternative to the car.

Without a Maltese ID Card, a ride costs 1.50€ in winter, in summer 2.00€, at night generally 3.00€., whereas with an ID Card it is significantly cheaper in combination with the Tallinja Card: Here you pay 90ct per ride.

Preise für Bus-Tickets in Malta

Carsharing in Malta: GoTo offers cars and electric scooters

Since Malta is always on the pulse of the times, some shared economy offers have been available here for some time. Meaning:

Car and scooter sharing.

Goto is the name of the provider here, which has cars distributed around the island, usually electric cars. The system works like this:

You „borrow“ the Goto car by the minute via the Goto app Aus and can park the car in a predefined area. There are just under 500 Goto parking spaces shared by just under 150 cars.

The cars can be picked up from these parking spaces, but must also be parked again in such a parking space. However, there is also an exception here: If there is no Goto parking space available in your vicinity, you can park the car in a normal parking lot – the only catch: You can only end the trip by phone, not via app.  

The parking spaces are quite well distributed, so you can actually get everywhere comfortably without having a long walk at the end.

Nice plus: The parking spaces for the Goto cars may also only be parked in by them. In Malta, where parking is scarce, it is much easier to find a parking space with them than with your own car.

Also, in terms of price, the pluses hold up: You pay a monthly flat rate of 6-9 euros and then have to pay between 25 and 31 cents for each minute. For me, a great alternative to the car (Note: Since Goto changes its price structure relatively often, please double check for yourself).

Since just recently, electric scooters can also be rented through GoTo. With the electric scooters you can drive through Malta for 20ct per minute. Helmets for this are included in the helmet box. Especially when the roads are congested, this is a nice alternative.

But beware: Riding a scooter in Malta, just like riding a motorcycle, is not without its difficulties. For one thing, the roads are often not good (watch out for potholes!), and for another, the Maltese have, well, southern blood flowing rather rapidly through their veins.

Those who shy away from the monthly flat rate or come to Malta as a tourist and want to use the cars can buy a prepaid package for 42 euros. The credit is valid for two weeks and their rides are charged at the discounted rate (28ct per minute car, 20ct per minute scooter).

Registration is relatively quick. Relatively because you have to upload a photo of your driver’s license, which then has to be verified. In my case, however, the check only took 30 minutes, after which I was ready to go.

Bolt in Malta: Driving a cab with the Uber clone

Those who like it even more comfortable can fall back on Bolt. In principle, this is an Uber clone.

You enter where you want to go in the app and immediately see approximately how much the ride will cost. As a rule, the driver is there less than three minutes later.

The price is a bit cheaper than the local cabs and you pay – depending on the distance – between 6-10 euros for a usual distance for Malta. From St. Julians to the airport it is about 15 Euro.

Summary

  • Malta has one of the highest traffic densities worldwide
  • Import tax on new and used cars, which can be calculated online
  • Public transport (buses) cheaper with ID card
  • GoTo and Bolt as good alternatives
CONCLUSION

My opinion about Malta

So much for the theory.…

…the practice is often complicated!

I have often experienced some pretty wild things.

Therefore: Let me give you some final words in parting.

I’m glad you’re interested in Malta. And by reading this you have already satisfied a fundamental prerequisite:

Sufficient information gathering in advance.

I often experience that people plan to emigrate, but are not aware of the consequences of the project in any way. Every country is different, everywhere there are peculiarities, everywhere there are great things, everywhere less great things.

Nothing would make me happier than if you continued taking those daring steps to living in Malta and if I could help you a little bit on the way.

So long for now!

Conclusion
4.9/5

FAQ

No. It has to be said that the culture in Malta is different from that in Germany, for example. But if you can handle southern flair and like the sun and the sea, you can definitely be happy here.

Public school education in Malta is at a normal level – you can send your children to school here without hesitation. Those who value special support should look at the private schools.

In Malta, most flats are furnished, so you don’t have to emigrate with all your bag and baggage. Therefore, the costs that may arise from shipping pallets can be kept within reasonable limits. Roughly calculate 500€ per person in moving costs.

The health care system in Malta is run by the state. This means that anyone who is properly registered here can use the health system without restriction.

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I know. It’s a lot of information!

Much work has been devoted to this Guide, and I hope it was helpful to you.

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Sunny greetings from Malta
Philipp M. Sauerborn

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Philipp Maria Sauerborn is a certified tax advisor and expert in International Tax & Blockchain. As CEO of Dr. Werner & Partner in Malta, he has already advised over 3000 clients on their tax situation.

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