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Moving to Malta?
Our door-to-door international removals service will get you the Island in no time.

Get a quote for household removals to Malta from the UK and discover our essential tips to make your move to Malta as smooth and stress free as possible

Thinking about relocating to Malta’s sun-kissed islands? With United Removals, moving internationally becomes a walk in the park.

Relocating overseas from the UK to a destination like Malta has its unique challenges. That’s why it’s crucial to have an experienced overseas removal company by your side. At United International Removals, we’re dedicated to helping you every step of the way.

Whether you’re settling in the vibrant heart of Valletta, the tranquil surroundings of Gozo, or the lively streets of St. Julian’s, our team ensures a smooth move. From the historic cities to the quiet coastal towns, we’ve got your Maltese relocation covered.

As part of a global network of international removal companies, we provide top-notch services from the UK all the way to your new Maltese doorstep. Our team, made up of skilled professionals, is committed to making your transition as easy as possible.

We focus solely on international removals, ensuring that your move to Malta gets the dedicated attention it deserves. With a proven track record in overseas household removals and shipping personal items, we aim for nothing less than perfection.

Leave the heavy lifting of your relocation to us, so you can start planning your new life in Malta, exploring its history, and soaking up the sun.

Ready to make the move? Get in touch via our online form for a detailed quote or call us directly at 01942 559960. Our team is always here to assist and answer any questions you might have.

We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In Malta You Are Moving To!

Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.

Our removals to Malta service includes:

  • Complete door-to-door service
  • Free video or home survey
  • Your own personal Move Coordinator
  • Highly experienced packing crews
  • Quality packing materials as standard
  • Full or shared load container shipping
  • Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
  • Help with the required paperwork and documentation
  • Shipment Protection Cover available
  • Local teams to handle your delivery
  • Storage facilities available in the UK or overseas
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Professional Export Packing

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Customs Clearance

Our local customs agents will ensure everything goes smoothly on arrival in your country.

Frequently Asked Questions About Removals To Malta

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How long do removals and shipping to Malta take?

Usually, we estimate around 1-4 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) to arrive at most imports, including Birkirkara, St. Paul’s Bay, Żabbar and Qormi. Shared containers (LCL) and moves to Gozo and Victoria could take slightly longer.

Unfortunately, the timescales for shipping to Malta are not precise. We would love to be able to give our customers exact timings for international removals to Malta, but several factors come into play when shipping internationally, and some of them are beyond our control.

On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as a shared or LCL, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.

How much do removals to Malta from the UK cost?

The cost of removals to Malta will depend on several factors, such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.

There will also be additional costs to consider, such as optional insurance/shipment protection and Maltese customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.

The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team on 01942 557102 or request a removals quote online. They can also advise on the best way to reduce your removal costs.

What is included in the cost for removals to Malta?

We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to Malta, which will take care of everything for you. The removals service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door-to-port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service,

Additional fees that are not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties and port fees payable on arrival in Malta, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.

What is the container shipping or removals process to Malta?

Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to Malta via a sea freight service. The overseas removals service can be quite complicated, but with United Removals’, our expert teams will make the process as easy and stress free as possible. You can sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting!

Our Malta removals service includes the following steps:

1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.

2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.

3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance and shipment protection.

4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.

5) If you require a full-load container (either 20 ft or 40 ft), the shipping container will be delivered to your property and loaded by the packing crew.

6) For shared or part-load containers, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removals van to one of our depots for loading onto the shipping container as groupage.

7) The container will then be sent by sea freight to Malta.

8) On arrival at port (we ship to all major ports in Malta), our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.

9) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or to storage if required. Our partner, Malta removals service, will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.

What about small moves to Malta?

If you are only sending a few personal belongings, such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.

We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in Malta.

Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards and toolboxes.

It does not, however include large items of furniture. For small furniture removals to Malta you can use our shared or part load service.

Are there any prohibited and restricted items for Malta I need to be aware of when packing?

 Items you should avoid importing into Malta

When considering a move to Malta it’s essential to be aware of the items that are either prohibited or restricted. Just like any other country, Malta has its own set of rules regarding what can and cannot be brought into the nation. It’s crucial for anyone importing items into Malta to verify if the items are restricted or prohibited and then act accordingly.

Here are some examples of items that are restricted for import into Malta and where pre-approval might be necessary:
  • Animals, including pets, which are subject to specific import restrictions.
  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) might require special permits.
  • Meat, poultry, and other animal products, including items made from leather and ivory.
  • Plants and plant products, encompassing fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and seeds.
The following are examples of prohibited items for import into Malta:
  • Meat and dairy products originating from non-EU countries.
  • Military weapons and goods, with the exception of antiques that are part of a collection.
  • Narcotics and hallucinogens.
  • Pornographic and obscene materials.
  • Flick knives and other offensive weapons.
  • Counterfeit currency.

For a comprehensive list and detailed guidance on items that can and cannot be imported into Malta, as well as advice on preparing your items for shipping, it’s recommended to visit the official customs website.


Do you provide an air freight service to Malta?

If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to Malta, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your own bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removals service but also the most expensive. Many people, therefore, use a combination of both air freight and sea freight shipping services.

What if I have other questions about removals to Malta?

You can check out our more detailed Malta Removals Guide below, or why not give one of our advisers a call on 01942 557102?

They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices and arrange a home survey consultation to give you a more accurate price.

We move hundreds of people and families to MALTA every year…

No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in Malta you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removals service.


Popular Malta Destinations Include:

  • Central Region – Birkirkara
  • Northern Region – St Paul’s Bay
  • South Eastern Region – Żabbar
  • Southern Region – Qormi
  • Gozo Region – Victoria




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The United Removals complete guide to household removals to Malta from the UK

Essential tips to make removals to Malta easier and stress free

It can be daunting if you have not undertaken an international removal before. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to Malta.

However, remember, your United Removals Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.

Planning your move – Start early!

When it comes to any type of house move, planning and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.

The best advice we can give you regarding removals to Malta is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute; otherwise, you might have forgotten something important.

We recommend that you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before you plan to move. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be a lot smoother and stress free if you have time to prepare in advance.

Get quotes from about 3 specialist international removal companies

We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?

Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.

We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.

Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind

In recent years, shipping costs have increased, so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to Malta and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember, it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.

You need to think about the cost involved in replacing some of your items in Malta if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are many things.

Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive, and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.

Storage services for your household goods in UK or Malta

Will you need storage in the UK or Malta?

Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.

Often people find that they have a period once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, and this is something we can help you with.

We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in Malta after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.

Suppose the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in Malta to ship your belongings to. In that case, we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in Malta whilst you sort out accommodation.

Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage.

Packing for your move to Malta

Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to Malta. The journey is a lengthy one, and they will be moved around from one form of transport to another more than once.

This means that there is chance items could move within your shipping container, and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.

A high standard of export packing is, therefore, essential so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.

Our team of professional packers are expertly trained to deal with all the issues that can be encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.

For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your personal effects. This includes custom built crates.

Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:

  • Full international export standard packing & wrap service
  • Fully trained export packers
  • Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
  • Custom wood casing/crates, if required
  • Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
  • Advice on preparing your items for transport to Cyprus
  • Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
  • Full inventory list for customs

You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export quality cartons, and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.

Preparing your items for removal and shipping

The Maltese government is quite stringent when it comes to biosecurity issues in order to protect their unique environment, and as such, all of your items will need to be cleaned thoroughly in preparation for shipping. This is especially the case when it comes to any outdoor items.

If you are planning to ship tools, bikes, garden equipment and BBQ then these will need to be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Our team can offer a professional disinfecting service that should clean all of your belongings thoroughly enough to keep the Customs inspectors happy.

Shipping Furniture to Malta

Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to Malta from the UK.

For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and cupboards can be packed and shipped in a container.

As large items are bulky you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in Malta have built-in wardrobes so it might not be worthwhile shipping these.

Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK

You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.

Shipping your belongings to Malta from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.

If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.

Customs clearance and inspection

Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in Malta especially since Brexit. This is something that we can help you with. You may find the following information useful when planning your move.

If you are an EU citizen you should have no problem with customs. For non-EU citizens moving to Malta you are able to import used personal effects and household goods duty free but you should check that you meet the reuirements and have all the correct documentation.

Customs regulations and duties are subject to change, so it can be a good idea to check for the most up-to-date guidelines and information.

If you do not meet the criteria for household effects, or it is deemed that your goods are commercial imports, then Customs duty and GST may be applied.

On arrival in Malta, your household goods and personal effects will require inspection and clearance from Maltese Customs before they are allowed into the country.

In order for your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any Malta Customs inspections and customs fees, and also any quarantine fees. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Malta will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.

The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take to Malta and how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.

Insurance and shipping protection

United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest service levels.

However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.

We can offer and recommend a highly flexible Shipment Protection Cover that will provide you with many advantages.

This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is completing a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.

The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value of the belongings you want to cover and whether you have packed them yourself or if they have been packed professionally.

Shipping cars and other motor vehicles with your removal

As cars are expensive and people drive on the left side in Malta, it is certainly worth considering shipping your vehicle in a 40 ft container alongside your house contents.

Malta does have strict import criteria for cars so speak to our team to ensure that importing your vehicle is feasible and cost effective.

Some paperwork will be required but we can help you ensure it is all completed correctly, and our agents will take care of customs clearance for you.

A Practical Guide To Moving To Malta

Essential advice to help make your move to Malta a breeze!

Relocating is always a challenge, and when it involves moving to a picturesque island nation like Malta, there are unique aspects to consider. From finding the perfect home to understanding local customs and traditions, there’s a lot to navigate.

Here we’ve compiled some essential tips to assist you on your journey.

Where to move to in Malta?

Malta, though small, is packed with history, culture, and beautiful landscapes. Whether you’re looking for a bustling city life or a serene coastal retreat, Malta has something for everyone. And the best part? No matter where you decide to settle, we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive removals service!

1.Valletta and the Harbour Area:

The capital city, Valletta, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its grand baroque architecture, vibrant streets, and rich history. The Harbour Area, including towns like Sliema and St. Julian’s, offers a mix of modern amenities and historic charm. With numerous restaurants, shops, and a lively nightlife, it’s a popular choice for expats and locals alike.

2. Mdina and Rabat:

Mdina, the ancient capital, is a fortified city with narrow winding streets and medieval architecture. Known as the “Silent City,” it offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle. Adjacent Rabat is known for its catacombs, museums, and traditional Maltese townhouses.

3. Gozo:

Malta’s sister island, Gozo, is a haven for those seeking tranquillity and natural beauty. With its rugged coastline, serene beaches, and historic sites like the Ġgantija Temples, Gozo offers a slower pace of life and a strong sense of community.


  1. Mellieħa and the Northern Region:
    Mellieħa is renowned for its stunning beaches, including the famous Golden Bay and Mellieħa Bay. The northern region also boasts the Red Tower and the Popeye Village, making it a blend of cultural attractions and seaside relaxation.


  1. Marsaxlokk and the South:
    Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village, known for its colourful boats and bustling Sunday fish market. The southern region of Malta offers an authentic experience, with its limestone cliffs, Blue Grotto, and ancient temples.


  1. Central Malta:
    Towns like Birkirkara, Mosta, and Balzan in central Malta are residential hubs with a mix of modernity and tradition. The Rotunda in Mosta, with its impressive dome, and San Anton Gardens in Balzan, are just a few of the attractions in this region.
  2. Three Cities – Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua:
    These historic cities are a testament to Malta’s rich maritime history. With their fortified walls, narrow streets, and waterfront promenades, they offer a blend of history and stunning sea views.


Whether you’re drawn to Malta’s rich history, its azure Mediterranean waters, or its warm and welcoming people, this guide aims to provide a starting point for your Maltese adventure.

Buying property in Malta

Malta, with its rich history and stunning landscapes, offers a unique property market that can be quite appealing to those from the UK. While some areas, especially the more touristic ones, might have properties with a higher price tag, exploring localities outside the main hubs can lead to some hidden gems at reasonable prices.

Recent trends show that property prices in Malta have been stable, with some areas even witnessing a slight increase. The median property value in central areas like Valletta might be higher, but places like Gozo offer more affordable options.

Purchasing property in a foreign country can be a complex process. Engaging with a local estate agent can help you navigate the Maltese property market and understand the legal intricacies. Initially renting can also be a good strategy, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the island before making a long-term commitment.

Relocating your pets

Moving to Malta with your beloved pets? Malta has specific regulations to ensure the health and safety of animals entering the country. It’s essential that your pets, such as cats or dogs, have an ISO-compatible microchip. Your local vet can assist with this requirement.

Before bringing pets to Malta, they must meet specific vaccination and health check requirements. While Malta doesn’t have a lengthy quarantine period like some countries, ensuring all health protocols are met is crucial.

For a smooth transition, consider engaging with a pet relocation specialist. They can provide guidance on the necessary paperwork and transport logistics, ensuring your furry friend arrives safely in Malta.

Looking for a job in Malta

Malta’s economy is diverse, with sectors like iGaming, finance, and tourism offering numerous opportunities for expats. If you’re relocating with a job offer in hand, your employer will likely assist with the transition. However, if you’re job hunting, it’s beneficial to research industries that align with your expertise.

Several recruitment agencies in Malta cater to international job seekers. They can provide insights into the local job market and connect you with potential employers. Online job portals also offer a glimpse into available roles, salary expectations, and required qualifications.

Starting your job search before arriving in Malta can give you a head start and make the transition smoother.

Visas for moving to Malta

As an EU member state, Malta offers a relatively straightforward process for UK citizens, especially post-Brexit. While UK citizens no longer have the automatic right to live and work in Malta, there are various visa and residence permit options available.

The type of visa or permit you’ll need depends on your intentions – whether you’re planning to work, retire, or set up a business in Malta. It’s advisable to consult with immigration experts or legal professionals in Malta to understand the best options for your situation and ensure all paperwork is correctly filed.

Transferring money to Malta

When it comes to transferring money to Malta, the process is straightforward, especially within the EU. While there are no strict limits on the amount you can transfer, it’s essential to be aware of exchange rates and potential fees.

For significant transfers, such as proceeds from selling a property in the UK, consulting with a currency transfer specialist can be beneficial. They can offer competitive rates and provide insights into the best times to make a transfer.

If you’re considering a move to Malta, our team of experts is here to assist. From packing to relocation services, we’re here to ensure your transition to the Mediterranean sun is as smooth as possible.

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