Malta is amongst the first European countries to launch a residence permit for digital nomads. Quick to react to the trend of increased mobility and remote working post- pandemic, Malta is now welcoming third-country nationals who wish to move to Malta and work remotely, while enjoying island life.
The Nomad Residence Permit offered by the Malta Government’s Agency Residency Malta enables holders to retain their current employment based in another country whilst legally residing in Malta. The Permit is open to third country nationals, who can work remotely and independent of location, using telecommunications technologies. Applicants should either be employed by a company registered outside of Malta, be a company owner/partner/director of a company registered outside of Malta or be a freelancer/consultant offering services to companies outside Malta.
Malta already hosts and welcomes digital nomads from the EU who do not require permits due to freedom of movement. This community of entrepreneurial digital expats make the most of what Malta has to offer in terms of lifestyle and climate, while it seeks to network with like-minded people who can give value to their community. Residency Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit is open to individuals from third countries, who would normally (but not necessarily) require a Visa to travel to Malta.
A Nomad Residence Permit will be issued for one year with access to travel across Schengen and can be renewed upon application at the discretion of Residency Malta, as long as the applicant still meets the set eligibility criteria. Applicants who are interested in staying for less than a year will be issued with a National Visa for the duration of their stay.
Malta is a digital nomad paradise
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Malta is an island surrounded by azure blue Mediterranean sea and dotted with important heritage sites that give testimony to the Island’s interesting history With the EU’s fastest growing economy, Malta has a top-notch, reputable healthcare system, one of the best in the EU. With a flagship hospital, numerous Government health centres and private hospitals and clinics, residents have peace of mind in the event they experience health issues.
Malta counts English as an official language and thus extremely expat friendly with 98,000 expats and a local population of around 470,500. The Nomad Residence Permit makes it easier for digital nomads from outside the EU to integrate into the ecosystem. Nomads will find an excellent support system for start-ups and entrepreneurs and several Government entities offer consultancy and support services. Malta’s location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it’s a stone’s throw away from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
With great air and sea links, our Island is well connected to the rest of the world. With a robust infrastructure, internet speed, Wi-Fi coverage and the first EU country with nationwide 5G mobile internet service, it’s plug and play for digital nomads on the Island.