Moving to Malta guide

Moving to Malta

Malte / Мальта

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A Guide to Relocating to Malta

Want to move to Valetta? Considering moving to Mosta? Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Malta…

Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Malta

Please note. That many of these things will not apply to you if you are moving from another EU (European Union) State and/or you are a citizen of the EU (European Union) due to the free movement of goods throughout the EU.

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Malta:

  • Original Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Valued moving inventory for Maltese Customs
  • Removal packing list – We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Malta for you.
  • Letter of Employment from origin

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Malta. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Maltese Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • Letter from the employer at origin must attest the following:
  • The owner of the goods has been employed outside the European Union (EU) for a period of at least 1 year.
  • It must show beginning and end dates of the employment period.
  • It must explain why the owner of the goods has been transferred to Malta.
  • Any other documents received from the embassy or the consulate at origin confirming that the shipper has lived outside the EU for the past 12 months will be accepted.
  • Should a deposit be required by Maltese Customs, it will be refunded directly to the owner of the goods by Customs after approximately one year of living in Malta.
  • All imported items must be used. If new items are found, Customs will assess duty and value added tax (VAT) charges, which must be paid prior to the release of the goods.
  • Shipment cannot be considered personal effects if goods are being returned back to Malta within 12 months of outbound date.
  • Customer must be present upon shipment arrival and register at the Inland Revenue Department prior to the start of the Customs clearance process.
  • Foreigners must register at the expatriates section in Block 3.
  • Returning immigrants must register at Tax Payer Services in Block 3.
  • For all shipments originating outside the EU, deposits must be paid prior to examination of the goods. Approximate deposit figures are paid to the Director General of Customs as follows:
  • € 600.00 for LCL or airfreight – deposit amount varies according to volume
  • € 1170.00 for 20ft container
  • € 2340.00 for 40ft container

Popular Destinations in Malta

Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Malta:

Qormi, Żabbar, Żebbuġ, Żejtun, Siġġiewi, Rabat, Valletta, Birgu. Get a quote to one of these places

Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.

Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Malta, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with Global Reach who specialise in doing just this. Global Reach will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more click here or give us a call: +44 121 392 1720.

Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Malta, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.

Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Malta:

  • Original Express Release / OBL
  • Purchase Invoice showing purchase price
  • Original car log book

Additional Import Advice

  • The original car log book must be presented to the Customs officer when processing Customs documents.
  • Imported used vehicles are subject to Customs duty as per Customs tariff and import registration fee as established by the Malta Transport Authority.
  • Customs can opt to make valuation of vehicle and tax and duties will be applied on the value declared by them.

Relocating Your Pets to Malta

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Malta:

  • Vaccination Record
  • Import License issued by the Director of Veterinary Services
  • Pet Passport
  • Veterinary Health Record

Additional Import Advice

  • Cats and dogs are subject to quarantine at Luqa Airport.
  • The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows some breeds of animals originating at qualifying countries to enter Malta without quarantine if all required criteria is met as follows:
  • Fitted with a microchip
  • Vaccinated against rabies
  • Blood tests showing adequate protection against rabies
  • Pets cannot enter Malta until at least 6 months from the date the blood test shows a successful result.
Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Malta. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Malta:

  • Alcoholic beverages (6 bottles)
  • Food
Prohibited/Banned Items
Do not move any of these items to Malta:
  • Weapons
  • Pornographic materials
  • Firearms
  • The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
    • Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
    • Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
    • Airbags
    • Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
    • Ammunition of any kind
    • Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
    • Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
    • Biological Samples
    • Car Batteries
    • Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
    • Chainsaws
    • Cheques (Bank)
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Counterfeit Currency
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Driving Licence
    • Drugs (Including Prescription)
    • Engines
    • Excrement / Filth
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fish (Dead or Live)
    • Foodstuffs (all kinds)
    • Hazardous Goods
    • Human Remains (including ashes)
    • Infectious Substances
    • Knives
    • Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
    • Lighters
    • Lottery Tickets
    • Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Passports
    • Perishable Goods (All)
    • Plants / Seeds etc
    • Printer Toner
    • Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
    • Stamps
    • Tobacco
    • Water
    • Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
    • Windscreens

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.