With Brexit seemingly finally coming to a head in just under two months, the UK Government has released an official video advising all expats in Malta on how to continue living and working in the country following the big exit.
The video was shared by the UK High Commission’s Maltese Facebook page, with an attached link to more information for anyone worried about their residency in Malta after October 31st
According to the page, there are three key points that the government want to make sure every expat is aware of:
- Register as a resident: although this is something you’re kinda required to do if you plan on staying in Malta for a period longer than three months, and it should be done within your first three months of arriving on the island.
When applying for your residency permit (also known is your e-ID card, which also isn’t an actual ID card but, because bureaucracy, it kinda is) you will be asked to declare the dates of your arrival in Malta and the dates you intend to leave (if you’ve planned that far ahead for the impending apocalypse).
- Check your passport: expired passports will be harder to renew in the wake of Brexit, xeba panicking expats will flood the High Commission on November 1st with all sorts of silly questions.
Instead of making a pointless trip to Ta’ Xbiex, find out everything you need to know here.
- Exchange your UK driver’s licence: because us Brits will be leaving the European Union, your foreign licence will no longer be valid for Maltese roads.
If you want to maintain the freedom of not having to consciously use your indicators, make sure that you’ve exchanged your license before Halloween. It’s only €80 for a Maltese licence, so it’s not that big of a bother to the bank.
The UK is gearing up for Brexit but, for those of us who managed to escape the dreary weather, we’ll be able to sit safely in the sun knowing we’ll never have a food shortage because pastizzi won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.