Have you already got your magical job? Perfect, that means the relocation planning will start for you pretty soon. As usual Magic Mondayz comes with a helping hand trying to give you all info you need before you start packing your bags. Ready to take off? Have a read before you head to the airport and reach out to us should you need more tips.
Malta is in the Schengen area which is a group of countries that have got rid of passport and immigration controls at their common borders. That simply means that people traveling to and from Schengen areas will not need to have their passports checked at the borders. You will obviously just need some sort of travel document for check-in, you can easily use your ID from your home country, should you choose to do so.
Should you be coming from outside of the EU first make sure that your employer will help you with the working visa. Maltese government has just introduced the Key Employee Initiative for more senior employees which makes the visa application process super easy.
Need more information on the Non-EU visa application process? Check this out:
How do I find accommodation?
First of all most of the iGaming companies offer their newbies to stay in their company apartment/hotel for the first couple of weeks after the arrival which makes things much easier as you don’t really need to think about finding an apartment before you arrive. Once you settle in at your new job, make sure you reach out to your HR, they will be able to provide you with the list of the best real estate agents. Most of the iGaming companies get good discounts, so it definitely makes sense to look into that.
Not feeling like paying an agency fee? You can also try to find accommodation through your friends or some Facebook groups. It will probably take more time but especially when you arrive during the winter season you have a good chance to find accommodation this way 😊 Please see below the links to the biggest flat share groups in Malta:
Maltese ID – how do I apply? Do I really need it?
You will need it eventually but you do not need it at start. So make sure you settle in, are happy with your job, find a place to stay, and then you can easily take care of the ID. Hmm maybe not easily 😊 I will be completely honest here, Maltese bureaucracy sucks. Be prepared that you will spend at least twice as much time to fix anything than you would spend in any other EU country. The Malta Identity office is open only in the mornings between 8:30am and 12:30pm so most likely you will need to take a day off from work in order to fix the documents, but if you really feel like being an official Malta resident just try to stay patient and positive 🙂
Should you need more info about what you need to bring in order to apply for the ID, check out the link below and yeah get ready to have a little patience here, you’ll need it 🙂
Opening a bank account – what documents will I need?
In order to open a bank account you will need the following documents:
- work contract
- lease agreement
- passport/Maltese ID
- letter from the employer
Most likely your HR Manager will guide you or even take you to the bank in your first week of employment so you don’t really need to worry about that 😊
Weather – what should I take with me?
Weather is probably the reason why most of you have actually considered the relocation to this tiny island, and yes its amazing. You get to enjoy more than 300 sunny days in a year. All you need to pack when you arrive in Malta between May and October are summer clothes but it gets a bit more chilly between October and March, especially inside, as the apartments do not have central heating so you will need some comfy hoodies to survive the “winter”.
Being a small country means that most areas in Malta are connected by public transportation one way or another. There are buses going basically everywhere but make sure you are not in a rush while taking a bus as it might take a while for the bus to arrive and even if it arrives on time it might be full and the driver might decide not to stop 😊 After some time in Malta you are getting used to it, and you might end up running late. No one will make a big deal out of this as everyone adjusts to the laid back culture quite quickly, but it’s good to know to reserve some extra time in case of traffic.
Taking that into consideration we always advice our candidates to look for apartments within the walking distance from the office. It’s better to enjoy a morning seafront walk instead of getting stuck in traffic anyways.
Moving around Europe – flight connections
Travelling from and to Malta is really easy and affordable as Malta is connected with most of the big cities in Europe. Most of the expats living in Malta are travelling to their home countries at least couple of times a year. Check out the website of the Malta airport to see all available flight connections.
Expat life – is it hard to find new friends?
It’s really easy to find friends living as an expat. 90% of the people working in iGaming are expats, exactly like you. They know how it feels to be new in a new country, so they will make sure that you have a warm welcome. Companies also organise plenty of events on a monthly basis for the newbies, to make sure they blend in quickly.
Cost of living in Malta
Everyday life is relatively affordable, compared to most Western countries. It’s funny because it seems like eating out in Malta is cheaper than buying food in the supermarket and cooking at home. A pint of beer at a small pub can go for as little as €3. For a dinner in an average restaurant in Sliema or St Julians you will pay €30-40.
The salaries in the iGaming industry are really competitive so taking that into consideration the quality of life is really good.
The only thing that is very expensive in Malta in comparison to other European countries is accommodation. Due to the development of the iGaming and finance industry in Malta the real estate prices went up and renting out a 2 bed apartment in central areas costs around 1000 Euro per month. Many expats tend to share apartments or move to smaller towns outside of Sliema and St Julians area in order to avoid high prices.
Crime & Safety in Malta
Malta is super safe. You can walk at night and you always feel like there are other people around and nothing can really happen. It’s a small thing but really increases the quality of life.
Languages in Malta
There are two official languages in Malta: Maltese which is a mix of English, Italian and Arabic (impossible to learn :P) and English but everyone in Malta speaks English so you will be fine 😊
Maltese like their festas 😛 It seems like there is a public holiday every month which is awesome 😊 All together I think there are 14 public holiday days that you will get off on top of your annual leave. Check out the link with the public holidays for 2017.
Any thoughts or comments? Feel free to share 🙂
Have a magical Monday,
Your MMZ team ❤