Thanks to telecommunication technologies, digital nomads from the European Union have been settling in Malta for quite some time to benefit from the Islands’ lifestyle and mult-cultural environment, great climate and connectivity.

Last week, the Government of Malta took a step further to accomodate more digital nomads outside of the European Union who would like to keep their current employment in another country but residing in Malta. The decision to offer such permits to third country nationals was based on the fact that during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people were seeking similar opportunities overseas.

Usually, individuals outside of the EU who would like to reside in Malta will require a Visa to travel to the islands. Thanks to the newly-launched residency permit, such individuals will not require a Visa and this will faciliate the process of coming over to Malta.

A Nomad Residence Permit will be issued for 1 year however if a digital nomad is not interested in spending one full year in Malta, then a National Visa will be issued for the duration of the stay. If on the other hand, a digital nomad would like to extend the stay beyond one year, there is the possibility of having the permit renewed, based at the discretion of Residency Malta Agency.

In order for digital nomads to be eligible for such a temporary permit, s/he must prove that there is either a remote working contract in place by an overseas company, run her/his own business or offer freelance services to foreign clienete based overseas.

Information related to self-employment of digital nomads can be found on our dedicated webpage. Information on our website also includes a package to assist digital nomads set up their business. For further information or assistance, you can get in touch with our Director Mr Conrad Meli FCCA, MIA, CPA on cmeli@accountingservices.com.mt.