Malta Fast Becoming Destination of Choice for Post-pandemic Digital Nomads

Dr. Antoine Saliba Haig | 06 Apr 2023

Malta Fast Becoming Destination of Choice for Post-pandemic Digital Nomads

Digital nomads are individuals who use technology and the internet to work remotely without having to be present at their workplace. They make the best use of their employment flexibility thanks to technology to travel and work from anywhere allowing them to explore new destinations while still receiving income.

Digital Nomad After Covid-19

 In the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in the number of remote workers. This rapid spread of the digital nomad trend, especially in Europe, has made nations realise its potential role in improving their economy. Hence, multiple digital nomad visa programs have been launched recently, including that of Malta in 2021.

Best Country for Digital Nomads

As more individuals seek to balance work and travel, such schemes have become increasingly popular. Digital nomads usually work in fields such as freelance writing, graphic design, digital marketing and other areas that can be done remotely by using an internet connection. Malta is one of the best country for Digital Nomads. The Malta Digital Nomad Visa is open to three categories: employees, business owners and those offering freelance services.

Malta Nomad Residence Permit 

Malta's Nomad Residence Permit provides Non-EU citizens temporary residency rights in the form of a residence permit which is valid for one year and can be renewed twice up to a period of three years. Individuals who are employed in a country other than Malta and have a stable internet connection to work remotely from Malta can apply for this permit. If applicants continually fulfil the government's requirements for the digital nomad visa, they have the option to renew it in order to further enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Family Application

Applicants can also include their family members in the same application. Family members which can be included are the spouse of the main applicant and children provided that they are unmarried and financially dependent on the main applicant.

Minimum Residency Requirements

To be eligible for renewal, permit holders, must provide evidence that they have resided in Malta for a period of at least five months over the previous twelve months. Learn more about the minimum physical stay required under the Malta Digital Nomad Programme.

Requirements For the Malta Digital Nomad Permit

Digital nomads who want to apply for a residence permit in Malta must have a clean criminal record, a rental or purchase agreement in Malta, a valid international health insurance, and be of a non-EU, non-EEA, or non-Swiss nationality. Applicants must have an employment contract with a company outside of Malta or a contract for freelance and consulting services or be partners or shareholders of a foreign owned company. Whatever the category, applicants are required to earn at least €2,700 a month.

How can I apply for the Malta Digital Nomad Permit? (Nomad Residence)

You can get in touch with us for assistance on the application process and to check if you are eligible to apply to the programme.
Further to the above, applicants must also provide that they fall under any one of these three categories: 

  1. Work for an employer registered in a country other than Malta and show an employment contract.
  2. Perform business activities for a company registered outside of Malta of which the applicant is a partner or a shareholder.
  3. Conduct freelance or consulting services to clients whose address is outside of Malta.

Individuals contracted by a foreign company which provides services to a Maltese subsidiary are not eligible to apply.  

Benefits Of the Malta Digital Nomad Visa 

The Malta Digital Nomad Visa has multiple perks which attracts remote workers, especially after staying under so many restrictions these past few years due to the pandemic. If you're having trouble making a decision, it'll be a comforting fact that Malta already has a large digital nomad community who primarily speaks English. Maltese citizens are very hospitable and for people who love travelling, it's the perfect place to work from due to its scenic beaches contributing to the perfect weather, bars, and restaurants with a variety of cuisines. The Malta Digital Nomad Program also allows visa holders to travel within the Schengen zone without the need of a visa. For remote working, you'll have access to 5G mobile internet anywhere in Malta.  

Why have Digital Nomad moved to Malta after Covid-19?

Malta has already attracted many post-pandemic digital nomads due to its ideal climate, unique culture, and excellent internet connection along with convenient co-working spaces. One can enjoy island life in Malta while working remotely by applying for the Malta Nomad Residence Permit which is usually processed within just 30 days. Overall, Malta’s attractive digital nomad permit, its location, infrastructure, and English language proficiency makes it a popular destination for digital nomads searching for a new place to live and work. Our team of consultants is one call away, so get in touch with us today to start your journey towards a sustainable digital nomad lifestyle. 

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