- Malta Country profile
- Benefits of the program
- Investment requirements
- Visa-free and visa-on-arrival country list
About the program
The Maltese Citizenship by Investment program started accepting applicants in 2014 and was later amended to simplify the process.
To be eligible to apply for this program you must be over 18 years old, in good health and without a criminal record.
In addition, you are required to make a combined investment in a real estate project, contribute to the government and invest in stocks, bonds or debentures.
The Maltese passport allows for visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to more than 180 countries and territories worldwide including the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.
As a citizen of Malta, you are also a citizen of the European Union and entitled to consular protection and support from any European union consulate globally.
Health & Education
You can also enjoy the unrestricted right to live, work, study in the European Union and have access to world-class healthcare.
Malta has one of the lowest taxation rates in Europe with no foreign income tax, inheritance tax and withholding tax on interest earned.
You will be able to expand your business opportunities across all European Union countries and a market of over 500 million people.
Dual Citizenship permitted
Malta allows dual citizenship, permitting you to keep your existing nationality.
Main applicant requirements
- 18+ years of age
- Good health
- No criminal record
- Successfully pass due diligence checks
- Confirmed investment sources
- Spouse of the main applicant
- Children (biological or adopted) under 26 years of age
- Dependant parents
*Parents and children older than 18 must be dependent on the main applicant.
The expected timeframe for the application process is 6 months. The first stage of the document collection can differ in length depending on the applicant’s ability to gather the documents. Our team guides this process with samples and best practice advice.
The reviewal stage is subject to the respective Government schedule and can be impacted by factors which we, as authorised agents have no control over. Savory and Partners collaborates with the Government throughout the entire process, and we aim to provide the quickest and smoothest experience for the applicant.
Read about the process steps in detail here.
Citizens of good standing and their families may be granted full Malta Citizenship under an amendment passed in November 2013 to the Maltese Citizenship Act, Chapter 188 of the Laws of Malta. Applicants are required to contribute to the economic development of Malta, to provide proof of one-year residence in Malta and proof of title of residential property in Malta.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I include my family when applying for Malta Citizenship by Investment Program?
Yes, you can include qualified members of your family in the application or add them after you have obtained your citizenship for an additional fee. A qualified family member can be an unmarried child up to 26 years of age, a spouse, parents and in-laws over 55, all of which are financially dependent on the main applicant.
Q: Are there any interviews, language tests, or work experience requirements when applying for Malta Citizenship by Investment Program?
The Maltese Government does not require you to pass any interviews, language tests or have previous work experience to be able to apply for this program.
Q: Do I need to visit Malta before obtaining my citizenship?
Yes, you are required to visit Malta on two occasions, once for submitting your biometric data and once for completing the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony.
Q: Does Malta provide a biometric (ePassport) passport?
Yes, the passport of Malta is a biometric passport, also known as an ePassport.