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Moving to Malta from another Continent with Young Kids

Deciding to move to Malta can bring up a whirlwind of emotions, especially when you have little ones tagging along. As you get ready for this major change, it's crucial to plan ahead to tackle any bumps in the road and ensure a smooth transition for your family. Whether you're dealing with paperwork, getting your kids emotionally ready, or figuring out the logistics of where to live and which school to send your kids to, every part of this journey needs careful attention and preparation. In this guide, we'll walk you through all the important factors to consider and offer some insider tips on navigating the process of relocating to Malta with kids, no matter where you're coming from.

Relocation Process

Prior to relocating to Malta, one will consider various aspects including accommodation, school and healthcare amongst others.  Obtaining the necessary permits in order to reside lawfully in Malta is crucial for your relocation.  Prior to relocating to Malta, one can consider different residency routes in Malta.  The Malta Permanent Residence Programme is one of such routes, where through such route, applicants will obtain permanent residency in Malta.    

Make sure to have all the required documents, including passports, vaccination records, health insurance, and birth certificates. Contact DZ Advisory as one of the local licensed agent in order to guide you through your relocation process. 

Moving with Minors and Teenage Kids

Moving to Malta with minors and teenagers comes with its own set of challenges. Before you leave, make sure to research the travel requirements for minors, including any needed consent forms if one parent is not accompanying them. 

Psychological Groundwork
Moving to another continent with the whole family is much more than just a physical relocation. The emotional journey is just as real. The following tips should help you create a soft landing for yourself and your loved ones.

Involve the Whole Family 
Start by having an open chat with your family about the move. Share the reasons behind it, the opportunities ahead, and what life in Malta might look like. Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak up and express their concerns. Listening with empathy and providing age-appropriate information about Malta can empower your children and reassure them that you're there to support them.

Allay any Fears
Moving to a new country can feel overwhelming, especially for kids leaving behind everything familiar. Address their worries with understanding, offer comfort and encouragement. By keeping the lines of communication open and creating a supportive atmosphere, you help them navigate the emotional journey of moving. Empowering them to take charge of their transition can boost their confidence and help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Make Time for Proper Goodbyes
It's important to take the time to bid farewell to loved ones and the places you hold dear. Organise farewell gatherings, encourage everyone to express their emotions, and create mementos to cherish the memories. This not only helps your family embrace the new experiences awaiting in Malta but also acknowledges the significance of what you're leaving behind.

Settling In Smoothly

Once you've touched down in Malta, it's time to prioritise your children's education and social needs. Familiarise yourself with the different neighbourhoods, educational options, and healthcare services available to make informed choices and build a comfortable life in your new home. The following gives you an overview of the basics you need to know about Malta’s localities, schools, and healthcare options.

Localities in Malta

Malta boasts a variety of neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct character and appeal. Families have plenty of options to choose from, whether they prefer the lively atmosphere of urban areas like Sliema, Swieqi, and Msida, with their bustling streets, vibrant nightlife, and convenient amenities, or the quieter charm of picturesque towns such as Balzan, Attard, and Lija, where tranquillity and a strong sense of community make them perfect for raising children.

For those who love the sea, coastal locales like St. Paul's Bay, Mellieħa, and Marsascala offer breathtaking sea views and opportunities for waterfront living, ideal for families who enjoy beach activities and outdoor adventures. 

Alternatively, the peaceful ambiance of villages like Għargħur and Madliena provides a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle, allowing families to embrace a more relaxed lifestyle amidst natural beauty. 

That being said, it’s important to consider the cost of properties according to type and locality before making a decision, to make sure your choice fits your budget and lifestyle.

Schools in Malta

When it comes to schooling in Malta, finding the right fit is a big deal for families making the move. Luckily, the options offered in Malta are plentiful! You've got state schools, church schools, and private international schools, each offering something different to meet your child's needs.

State schools provide free education, while church schools provide religious instruction alongside academic curriculum. Then there are the private international schools, which often follow global standards and teach in English, making them a hit with expat families for their familiarity. 

And don't forget about kindergarten programs for the wee ones! They're a great way to kickstart your child's education journey. Kindergarten programs are available for young children aged 3 to 5, providing early childhood education and development opportunities.

Before you make any decisions, take some time to research international schools that match up with what your kids are used to back home. That way, you can ensure a smooth transition for them as they settle into their new school life in Malta.

Physical and Mental Health

Taking care of both your physical and mental health is key to your family's wellbeing in Malta. Luckily, the island has got you covered with a top-notch healthcare system. Malta is dotted with public and private hospitals and clinics, so you can always get the care you need. While Maltese residents get free healthcare, foreigners may require private health insurance or have to pay for some services out of pocket.

Mater Dei Hospital is the main national hospital, offering all sorts of medical specialties to keep you healthy and happy. And when it comes to mental health, Malta's got your back too. There are various counselling centres, places for addiction treatment, and community groups dedicated to promoting mental wellness. So, rest assured, your family's holistic well-being is in good hands here.

Travelling with Pets

Pets are cherished family members, so ensuring they're safe and sound during your move to Malta is key. Before traveling with your pet, research Malta's pet import regulations, including vaccination and microchipping requirements.

Schedule a health exam and any necessary vaccinations for your pet and get a health certificate from your vet confirming they’re fit for travel. It might also be worth reaching out to a pet relocation service for some extra help with logistics.

Once you’re on the island, take some time to familiarise yourself with local pet regulations and amenities, such as pet-friendly accommodations and veterinary services. Most importantly, help your pet acclimate to their new environment and provide reassurance and support as they adjust to life in Malta.

Let the Fun Begin!

Places of Entertainment
Malta offers a variety of entertainment venues for all ages. Families can enjoy water parks like 'Splash and Fun' in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, with exciting rides and slides for endless fun in the sun. 
The Malta National Aquarium offers an awesome glimpse into marine life, captivating adults and children alike. 

When it comes to restaurants in Malta, our cuisine features Mediterranean influences, but we also have excellent Vietnamese, Lebanese, Turkish, Indian, Japanese as well as Chinese options.

Leisure Activities
Malta’s stunning coastline and abundant natural beauty make it ideal for a wide range of leisure activities. Families can indulge in outdoor adventures such as snorkelling, diving, paddle-boarding, and kayaking in crystal-clear waters, exploring vibrant marine life. And for the adrenaline junkies out there, the variety of rock climbing spots offered on the island provides you with the perfect challenge against Malta's scenic landscapes.

Cultural Sites
Discover Malta's rich history and cultural heritage by visiting its captivating cultural sites. Heritage Malta features a treasure trove of museums and historical landmarks, inviting visitors to delve into the island's fascinating past. From ancient temples like Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra to medieval fortifications such as the walled city of Mdina, each site tells a unique story of Malta's enduring legacy. British expatriates will also appreciate the historical landmarks and cultural connections reflecting Malta's British colonial influence.


How safe is Malta?

Malta is considered one of the safest countries in the world, with low rates of violent crime and no "no-go" zones. While petty crimes such as pickpocketing exists, especially in tourist areas, exercising sensible precautions can help avoid any issues. Overall, Malta offers a safe environment for families to live and explore.

In Malta, driving is on the left side of the road, which may require adjustment for those accustomed to driving on the right such as expats from the US.

What is Malta’s cost of living?

The cost of living in Malta varies depending on factors such as location, lifestyle, and family size. Generally, expenses like housing, groceries, and transportation may be comparable to those in other European countries. Besides, Malta's tax system and affordable healthcare options make it a destination worth considering. Compared to places like New York, Dubai, or Saudi Arabia, Malta's cost of living may be lower, but it's essential to research housing, education, and other expenses to be able to budget effectively.

Will we fit in with the Maltese?

Malta is renowned for its friendly and inclusive community, which often makes it relatively smooth for expat families to blend in. While getting accustomed to the Mediterranean way of life might take some time, Maltese locals are used to engaging with people from other countries and are generally welcoming. Participating in local activities and forging connections can go a long way in helping expats settle comfortably into life in Malta.

While English is widely spoken in Malta, families who struggle to communicate in English or Maltese might encounter language barriers in certain contexts. Therefore, enrolling in language classes can help facilitate integration. Additionally, it's worth noting that Malta's Mediterranean culture differs from, say, Central Asian cultures found in places like Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Embrace this opportunity to immerse yourself in new traditions and customs.

What is Malta’s weather like?

Malta's weather is a big reason why people want to move here. We have cool winters, warm springs and falls, and hot summers, all thanks to our Mediterranean climate. Compared to other places, our average daily temperature of 72°F makes us one of the warmest spots in Europe. Whether you're in Malta or Gozo, the weather stays pretty consistent. Rainfall is rare, with only occasional showers from October to March, averaging just 23.5 inches annually. We're also lucky to avoid major natural disasters like hurricanes. With all this sunshine and plenty of outdoor activities, it's no wonder Malta is a popular choice for expats and retirees.

Contact DZ Advisory to assist you in relocating to Malta from any country in the world. Get in touch with one of our team members to guide you through according to your specific needs.

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