Health Screening for Work Permits for First Time Applicants
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Health Screening for Work Permits for First Time Applicants

 
HEALTH SCREENING FOR WORK PERMITS FOR NEW APPLICATIONS.
 
The medical section of the form can be completed by ONE (1) doctor only

​In order to reside and work legally in Malta, prospective employees who do not form part of the of the European Union Member State (also known, as third country nationals) need to re-apply for Health Screening approval as part of their work permit application form.

Application form needs to be filled in and submitted every year for 3 consecutive years (a total of 4 years applying for health screening and working in Malta). The form needs to be duly filled by a private medical doctor and emailed by the employer on workpermit.idcu@gov.mt​

Applicants coming from countries where the incidence of Tuberculosis is not high and are reapplying for the following jobs, DO NOT need to apply for health screening approval and can go directly to Identity Malta for renewal of work permit approval. 
a. Administrative jobs
b. Construction / Manual workers
c.  Footballers
d.  Hairdresser / makeup artists
e.  Working in transport
f.   Cleaners / Housekeepers
g.  Security guards (This does not apply to EU Citizens)

Guidelines on what Health Screening is required and further information is available on this website and on the application form.

It is the employee’s responsibility to;
(i) keep a copy of their Medical Reports and Vaccination cards for future reference.
(ii) ensure that all requested vaccinations are completed prior to renewal of work permit.

​Any queries are to be directed to workpermitqueries.idcu@gov.mt
 


PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION

Ensure the form is the latest one available on this website. Old forms will not be processed. Merging of old and new application forms is not allowed and will not be accepted for processing.

a. Download the renewal for work permit application form.
b. Forms should be filled in by the employee, employer and Medical Doctor in their respective sections,                  preferably typed or in BLOCK LETTERS. Forms not legibly filled will not be processed.
c.  Requested health screening investigations are to be carried out locally in the PRIVATE SECTOR.
d.  Form should be saved in PDF format as one (1) rolling document.
e.  In the email’s subject box, the employee’s name should be specified together with the job applying. for. e.g., Patel Singh – Food Handler-renewal.
f.   Form is to be sent by the employer on workpermit.idcu@gov.mt​. Applications sent by employees will not be accepted for processing.
g.   Please send only ONE (1) application per email.


VACCINATIONS
1. Polio and Diphtheria
All employees (irrespective of the job they are applying for) are required to have full immunity against Polio and Diphtheria. 
When applying for renewal applicants can either present proof of vaccination or proof of immunity (submit copy of test submitted on first application). 

2. Measles (required for certain jobs)
There are certain jobs for which applicants are required (compulsory) to have full immunity against Measles.  These categories are: 
Doctors, Dentists, Nurses and Midwives
Other Regulated Healthcare Professionals
Carers and Child Carers
Dental Chairside Assistant/Dental Surgery Assistant
Beauty Therapists, Beauticians, Spa Therapists and Massage Therapists.  
In these cases, when applying for renewal applicants can either present proof of vaccination or proof of immunity (submit copy of IgG Measles test submitted on first application). 

There are other jobs for which employees will be requested to show that they have immunity against Measles (either submit vaccination records or a copy of the IgG Measles test submitted on first application). These categories are: 
Nannies
Food Handlers
Tattooists 
Other Jobs
If they are not immune it is recommended that they take the Measles Vaccine.

3. Chest X-Ray report must be attached

4. Covid 19.
When available, Covid19 vaccination certificate is to be attached with the application form.
Due to the nature of their job, some applicants might require Covid19 vaccination.  



CHANGE OF JOB
If an employee is changing jobs, she/he may still need to reapply for a new work permit and additional investigations might be required. 

Chest x-rays are only accepted if taken within 1 year from date of this application.
Chest X-Ray report must be attached

Other blood investigations are accepted if taken within 2 years from date of this application.
 

CHANGE OF EMPLOYER  
If an employee is changing employer but keeping the same job, (within the 1 year period), there is no need to reapply for Health Screening. Health screening would then be required when applying for renewal of yearly work permit.



 
VACCINES

Polio and Diphtheria
All employees (irrespective of the job they are applying for) are required to have full immunity against Polio and Diphtheria. 
Applicants can either take 1 dose of Polio/Diphtheria vaccination in Malta or take the Poliovirus and Diphtheria immunity test. Should blood level show low immunity/no immunity, they are required to receive one dose of vaccine.

Measles (required for certain jobs)
There are certain jobs for which applicants are required to have full immunity against Measles.  In these cases, applicants can either take the blood test for IgG Measles or 2 doses of the Measles vaccine.

There are other jobs for which employees will be requested to show that they have immunity against Measles. If they are not immune it is recommended that they take the Measles Vaccine.

Hepatitis B (required for certain jobs)
Employees who require immunity against Hepatitis B for their line of work, must present blood test for Hepatitis B antibody. This can be omitted if employee received Hepatitis B vaccines in Malta within a 10-year period from the date of application form. 

Should the Hepatitis B antibody show low immunity, employee is required to complete the vaccination schedule for Hepatitis B at a local private clinic. 


COVID-19
When available, Covid19 vaccination certificate is to be attached with the application form.
Due to the nature of their job, some applicants might require Covid19 vaccination.  


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Vetting of applications may take up to 15 working days to be processed. Ensure that application forms are duly filled as per guidelines provided in this website and on the application forms.

Application forms are to be emailed as one (1) PDF document on workpermit.idcu@gov.mt​

If medical findings show abnormalities, a copy of the investigation report needs to be submitted with the application form. We will then guide you accordingly.

Once the documentation has been reviewed, an approval email will be sent to the employer. With this email, the employee can proceed to Identity Malta. It is important to take a printed copy of the approval email with you. 

If health screening is incomplete or results are unsatisfactory, applications will not be processed, and approval may not be granted.


Thank you for your co-operation,


Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) 
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate