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Postby Mamabwlleuk » Wed 14 Jul 2010 18:07 GMT

For health reasons I am considering wintering in Malta where I believe the weather is kinder than in Britain and I am hoping someone can advise me what offficial/legal requirements are for a six month stay each year (say October to April Inc) I am retired and hopefully someone will be able to tell me if my pension could be paid in to a Maltese bank and what that is likely to cost. Naturally health care concerns me too so any information on that would be most appreciated.(I do have an EHIC card)

Hopefully there is someone out there who will kindly give me the benefit of their knowledge.........PLEASE!!!
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Postby gozomark » Wed 14 Jul 2010 19:17 GMT

Hi, and welcome to the forum :-)

If you stay for more than 3 months at a time, you will have to take up residency, so it maybe worth splitting up your 6 months in the middle so you remain a tourist, and your EHIC remains valid (I'm assuming you are an EU citizen)
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Wintering in Malta

Postby Mamabwlleuk » Wed 14 Jul 2010 19:45 GMT

Hi Mark(?),
Thank you so much for your speedy response and for the advice
given. Yes indeed, I am British and an EU citizen. Can you tell me how long(or short!) a period would I have to leave Malta for in order to remain a tourist? I would also be extremely grateful to know what exactly my status would be if I stayed the full six months, i.e. would I then become a true ex-pat? Is this necessarily a bad thing? Does it take a lot of organising? Would remaining a tourist affect my rights to medical treatment in Malta should the situation arise? I believe (perhaps wrongly!) that an agreement exists between Malta and GB for free medical treatment but am not sure if it is a two way agreement (I have heard of Maltese nationals coming to Britain for specialist medical/surgiucal treatment) I have absolutely no idea what my rights might be as a tourist! (or a permanent expat!)

I am probably asking a lot of questions others have asked before so if this is the case , a little advice on how to find all of this information would be most appreciated! This is my first visit to the site and I have to admit that I am having a little trouble finding my way around!

Once again many thanks and hopefully I can look forward to your response!
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Postby IWantToBeMaltese » Wed 14 Jul 2010 19:48 GMT

Yes as Mark says, you will have to stay for 3 months and then leave the country for 24 hours and then you are able to stay another 3 months. But why not consider moving there full time and take up residency there, as you are are retired I am not sure how you can take up residency or how you go about it. You would have to post a separate question and see what you get. Enjoy your stay and/or life in Malta, it's a beautiful country with great people.

You would not be able to stay over 3 months without leaving for 24 hours and not residing there you would become an illegal immigrant and would be deported, quite a scary prospect! But I'm sure the more experienced members would be more informative.
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Postby gozomark » Wed 14 Jul 2010 21:11 GMT

A good starting point is

EU citizen moving to Malta Q&A
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21114

covers

1. An EU citizens legal rights - residency, working, students
2. what sort of residency is available ?
3. what do I need to apply for if I want to reside in Malta ?
4. do I need to apply for residency before coming to live in Malta ?
5. do I need an accountant to apply for residency ?
6. do I need health insurance ?
6.1 Do I qualify for public health cover, and if I do, what cover do I have ? Are prescriptions free ?
7. can I work in Malta ?
7.1 How much is income tax ?
7.2 How much are social security contributions ?
8. where do I apply for my residency permit ?
9. where can I get the OR application form ?
10. where do I apply for my ID card ?
11. what documents do I need to apply for OR ?
12. can I vote in Malta ?
13. buying a property FAQ
14. renting a property FAQ
15. Importing a vehicle FAQ
16. What's the procedure for bringing in a pet ?
17. Can I use my driving licence in Malta ?


Yes, there is a bilateral agreement between Malta and the UK, but its for emergency cover only, so not as extensive as EHIC. If you become resident, you will need to transfer your UK NHS cover to Malta, which then gives you the same cover as a local gets.

ps your posts are covering many areas - its best if you split them up into the relevant forums - they become less daunting to answer, plus you may well find your questions already answered
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Postby stuartd1 » Thu 15 Jul 2010 06:33 GMT

I would suggest you look very carefully at the facilities in your accommodation before making any commitments. Yes, temperatures in Malta are higher than the UK but as a result heating can be pretty rudimentary and you can experience some foul conditions with little protection if you choose the wrong place.
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Postby Kraut ;-) » Thu 15 Jul 2010 13:34 GMT

My experience is: in Winter it is warmer in houses in Germany than in houses in Malta.

They do not have any central heating here. In addition the house are not ideal for heating. Most times living room and kitchen and a long hallway are combined. That makes heating difficult.

In winter times I was sitting with a jacket and gloves before my computer. But I get used to everything.

No complain. I could have used the gas heater more intense. But before I heat I wear some warm clothes.
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Postby Mamabwlleuk » Thu 15 Jul 2010 20:07 GMT

A big thank you to everyone who has responded. I am really grateful. The information on poor heating systems is especially useful! I checked out winter temperatures in Malta and by and large it seemed that a winter there is much warmer than here in Scotland BUT I do have to take the 'heating' comments on board because I simply cannot stand the cold! Now I need to investigate how to heat a property and of course what the costs are likely to be!!! I chose Malta for several reasons, not least of which was the price of renting property! It isn't cheap however if it costs an arm and a leg to heat it! Perhaps I should be looking at 'long stay' hotel deals although I rather feel I would go stir crazy! Perhaps an aparthotel which has central heating would be the answer!

I will attempt to find all of the information I need and do thank you all for your responses. I will start with the link given and then hope I can suss out finding my way around the site! :compucoffee:
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Postby JJ » Fri 16 Jul 2010 08:36 GMT

Heating shouldn't cost and arm and a leg as long as you don't use it unnecessarily. I do as Kraut does and wrap up (light fleece) but in the winter months (Jan/Feb/Mar) I sometimes need some extra heat or my fingers sieze up and I can't type so I have a small 1kW/2kW electric heater under my desk which costs about 20c/40c per hour to run. I know some ex-pats however who ran electric heaters almost constantly and got an electricity bill for their first six months of over €400!

Maltese homes are designed to keep cool in summer. Unfortunately this means they also keep cool in winter. Elsewhere on the forum there's at least one "warmer outdoors than indoors" thread. It's true, in February it can feel chilly inside but pleasant outside in the sun. It often reminds me of the polar bear joke.

Heating options here are generally:

Central heating - mainly found in properties owned by ex-pats and the better heeled locals, rarely in rental properties. Best for overall heat obviously and least expensive to run on that basis.

Portable gas heaters - if a rental property doesn't have them they can be purchased from about €60-100 and put out the equivalent of maybe 2-5kW of electric heating. They use the same sort of gas bottles as used for cooking (though only the smaller sizes fit them so you have to tell the gas supplier they're for heaters). Can anyone advise on the running costs? A guess based on a bottle lasting at least ten days with generous use is they'll cost less than €1/day each, which shouldn't break the bank but I could be wrong.

Portable electric heaters - cheaper to buy and much more convenient but less powerful than gas so take longer to warm a room and more expensive, at least €2/day used sparingly (10hrs x 1kW x 20c/kWh) or €6/day used generously (15hrs x 2kW x 20c/kWh).

Air conditioner with heating capability - more powerful than portable electric heaters, they'll warm a room more quickly and evenly than portable electric heaters yet cost about the same to run.

Note that apart from the case of central heating, people just heat one or two rooms at a time and as Kraut says, only once wrapping up isn't enough.
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Postby puwer98 » Tue 8 Mar 2011 20:18 GMT

We live in Turkey Didim for last four years. Heating is around 1200 to 1500TL a year that is around 600UK pounds a year. We also have single skined houses as most Med houses are. water is 1 pound a week. So prices in Malta are around the same
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Postby KernowKaz » Wed 9 Mar 2011 17:57 GMT

Flippin' heck puwer98, we were paying £2 a day for water in Cornwall !!(not on a water meter). We haven't been here in Gozo very long so I cannot comment on our bill here yet ...but, by judging by others experiences, I will be expecting it to be more than £1 a week.
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