EU citizens originating from EU member states may freely bring in their household effects without any restrictions except for firearms, weapons of any kind.
Vehicles are not to be considered as household effects and registration taxes are still imposed when one transfers his residence to Malta.
Citizens of other States must prove that there is a transfer of residence to Malta in order to freely bring in their effects without the payment of any dues.
For more information, one may talk to a local shipping and forwarding services company, including Gatt Shipping Services, one of the most professional and reliable suppliers in the field.
On transfer of residence to Malta, used cars (ie. more than 6 months old or have more than 6000 kilometres), originating from EU member states, are not subject to VAT on cost (CIF). However, they are subject to the full registration tax.
In the case of new cars originating from EU countries, these are subject to VAT on CIF value, registration tax. Cars originating from non-EU countries are also subject to customs duty.
Owners of used cars are to notify Transport Malta if the vehicle’s arrival in Malta, and register within fifteen days.
Minimum values of registration tax apply for non-EU vehicles having more than four years, depending on the CO2 of the vehicle. On registration of used cars, owners need to produce local VRT Certificates, local insurance policy and original Registration Certificate (logbook). In the case of new cars, a copy of the invoice and certificate of conformity will be required.
Foreign nationals taking up residency in Malta and who opt to bring their own car, do not need to pay import duty on the vehicle, given that they satisfy certain conditions. To qualify for relief the applicant must:
To qualify for relief the vehicle must:
For more information one may contact Transport Malta, the local authority governing matters related to transport across the Maltese Islands, including aviation, maritime and land transport.
From 1st January 2012, the rules for bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into MALTA have changed.
Make sure you have had the procedures carried out in the correct order and your pet’s documentation is correctly completed. If you do not, your pet may not be able to enter the country or may have to be withheld in quarantine on arrival.
For your pet to enter MALTA from these countries, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
For your pet to enter MALTA from these countries, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following steps:
Dogs travelling to Malta have to be treated with Praziquantel and this treatment has to be certified by a veterinarian in the pet passport or official veterinary certificate not less than 24hours and not more than 120hours prior to travel.
A tracking sheet is attached to the same application for permit. The tracking sheet has to be filled in with exact travelling details.
Inspection For Release
Pets will be able to leave the arrival lounges of ports and airports or disembark from vessels only after a positive inspection of identification and a positive documentary check have been carried out. An inspection fee of €50 which will be paid to the releasing officer who shall issue an official receipt on the spot.