The smallest EU state in size, yet one of the largest in terms of personality and heart, Malta is a veritable paradise to those in search of a beautiful climate, friendly locals and a thriving economy. Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you’re one of the many who have decided on settling in Malta and making our sunny shores your home! As with any other move to another country, it’s good to familiarise yourself with certain issues beforehand; the team at Frank Salt Real Estate shares some tips on surviving your first month in Malta.
1. Summer Sweatin’, Happens So Fast…
(Apologies to any Grease fans out there).
Maltese summers are not to be underestimated! If you’re planning to move some time between the end of June and the beginning of September, be prepared for high temperatures. The good news is that the islands (including Gozo and Comino) are full of beautiful beaches and fun seasonal events held in several localities. Bring plenty of sunblock and start preparing those Instagram hashtags from now!
2. We Drive On the Left. Yes, the Left
One of the biggest culture shocks for new expats when settling in Malta is getting used to driving on the left instead of the right. It’s not uncommon to see a bewildered foreigner blinking in confusion just before a zebra crossing! However, once you get used to it, the distances are relatively very short, and there’s a lot to see and do while on the road.
3. When in Doubt, Catch a Bus…
If you’re not feeling up to braving the roads during your first month in Malta, we recommend getting a Tallinja bus card – the easiest and cheapest way to use the local public transport.
4. … Or a Boat
The Maltese and Gozitans hop between islands by means of a regular and inexpensive ferry service, which only takes about 20 minutes to and fro. The smallest island, Comino, can also be reached the same way.
5. Get Carded
To simplify your daily life in Malta, apply for a residency I.D Card. You’ll need your passport, work contract, an employment certificate from Jobsplus and a tenancy agreement. After you have all your documents in order, head over to the ID offices in Valletta (and afterwards, explore the wonders of this historical capital city!)
Maltese real estate has plenty to offer expats, from property facing the stunning sea to apartments or houses in the middle of a quiet village. Generally, renters are expected to pay a deposit along with one or two months’ rent upfront before moving in.
Are You Thinking of Settling in Malta?
The team at Frank Salt Real Estate is here to help you get through your first month in Malta! Contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly and experienced property consultants. Let one of our estate agents find your perfect home while you attend to other important matters of moving.
For more information regarding property purchase by foreign nationals in Malta, click here.
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