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Citizenship by Investment

Officially known as the Republic of Malta, the island nation is an archipelago that lies south of Europe in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Although geographically small, the country is becoming one of Europe’s fastest growing economies and best countries to do business with. Residents of Malta enjoy low operating costs, a versatile workforce, and a thriving economy, all attributable to the government’s pro-business stance. Whether it’s for the business opportunities or the lifestyle, Malta remains one of the top relocation destinations in the world.

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Program is designed to attract high net-worth investors and maintains its exclusivity by adopting a stringent due diligence process. The Program is designed to provide an avenue for Applicants and their families to obtain citizenship.

Ways of Acquiring Citizenship

Applicants have one type of investment option available to obtain citizenship. Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Make a contribution in the amount of €650,000 to the Maltese Government;
  • Lease a property in the amount of at least €16,000 per year, or purchase a property with a minimum value of €350,000; and
  • Acquire €150,000 worth of stocks, bonds, debentures, special purpose vehicles or other investment vehicles as identified.

Malta Passport

Holders of a Maltese passport enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 182 international destinations. These include the United Kingdom, the European Schengen Zone, Switzerland and significant business hubs such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

Validity of the Passport

Passports are valid for ten (10) years and are renewable afterwards at a Maltese passport office.

Benefits of Malta and the Citizenship by Investment Program

  • Visa-free travel to more than 182 countries, including the U.K., the European Schengen Zone and Hong Kong.
  • Second most successful and credible program in the citizenship investment industry.
  • Efficient processing times.
  • Citizenship in a European country.
  • Low unemployment levels.
  • LGBTIQ friendly.
  • Free universal healthcare, childcare and education.
  • Inclusion of dependent children under 18 (26 if not married and supported by Applicant).
  • Inclusion of dependent parents above 55 who currently reside with the Applicant.
  • Inclusion of mentally or physically challenged dependent children.
  • Dual citizenship allowed.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to apply, the Principal Applicant must:

  • Have a high personal net worth and be willing and able to make the required investment;
  • Be of good character;
  • Have global health insurance coverage for themselves and all dependents of at least €50,000 and demonstrate that it can be maintained indefinitely.

Applications will be denied on the following grounds:

  • Direct or indirect misrepresentation;
  • If the Applicant has a criminal record.

Application Processing Time

Decisions are rendered within twelve (12) months on most application as long as the due diligence report is satisfactory.

International Organization Membership

Malta is a member of the following international organizations:

  • The Council of Europe;
  • The Commonwealth of Nations;
  • The European Union;
  • The International Monetary Fund;
  • The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe;
  • The United Nations;
  • The International Organization for Standardization;
  • The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency;
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and
  • The World Health Organization.


460,297 (2017)

GNI per Capita

$23,750 US (2016)


Maltese, English


Euro. 1 € = 1.13 USD




Average all year round of 9°C – 31°C

Major Religion

Roman Catholic


Parliamentary Republic


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