Residence & Citizenship


Malta offers the climate, the relaxed lifestyle and rich history to make living in Malta a real pleasure. There are several attractive residence programmes to tempt you even more, to move to this sunny isle.

Malta detail

Malta Programmes

Please click into any of the programme(s) below to view the benefits of each, the financial obligations and other criteria that might apply.

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Programmes – Benefits & Criteria


The Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

Malta Start-up Programme

Malta Permanent Residence Programme

Malta Global Residence Programme

Malta Residence Programme

The Malta Retirement Programme

Malta Key Employee Initiative

The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme

Malta: The Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme

The Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

The Malta Retirement Programme

Available to EU/EEA & Non-EU Passport Holders: The Malta Retirement Programme is available to EU and non-EU nationals whose main source of income is their pension.


  • An attractive flat rate of 15% tax is charged on a pension remitted to Malta. The minimum amount of tax payable is €7,500 per annum for the beneficiary and €500 per annum for every dependant.
  • Income that arises in Malta is taxed at a flat rate of 35%.

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The Malta Retirement Programme

An individual must own or rent a property in Malta as his/her principal place of residence worldwide. The minimum value of the property must be:

  • Purchase of property in Malta for a minimum value of €275,000 (€220,000 if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta), OR rental of a property for a minimum of €9,600 per annum in Malta (€8,750 per annum if the property is situated in Gozo or the south of Malta).

In addition, at least 75% of the individual’s income must derive from a pension, with a maximum 25% being “other income”.

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The Malta Retirement Programme

This programme is designed to attract EU and non-EU nationals who are not in employment and are in receipt of a pension.

An applicant must reside in Malta for a minimum of 90 days in each calendar year, averaged over any 5-year period. In addition he/she must not reside in any other jurisdiction for more than 183 days in any calendar year.

All applicants and each dependant must have Global Health Insurance and provide evidence that they can maintain it for an indefinite period.

An Authorised Registered Mandatory in Malta must submit an application to the Commissioner of the Inland Revenue on behalf of the applicant. Dixcart Management Malta is an Authorised Registered Mandatory.

The programme is not open to individuals falling into the following categories:

  • Has a criminal record
  • Is subject to a criminal investigation
  • Is a potential national security risk to Malta
    Is involved in any activity likely to detract from Malta’s reputation
  • Has been denied a visa to a country with which Malta has visa-free travel arrangements and has subsequently not obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.

Dixcart Management Malta Limited Licence Number: AKM-DIXC-24

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Living in Malta

Located in the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily, Malta offers all of the advantages of being a full member of the EU and English is one of its two official languages.

Malta’s economy has enjoyed large growth since joining the EU and the forward-thinking Government actively encourages new business sectors and technologies.

To make life even more enjoyable Malta offers tax benefits to expatriates and the attractive ‘remittance basis’ of taxation. To find out more about these advantages as well as the technical detail, please see the Malta programmes below or contact us and we can help answer the questions that are really important to you.

Tax Advantages when Living in Malta

Malta non-domiciled individuals living in Malta can benefit from the remittance basis of taxation. This means that they are taxed on Malta source income and certain gains arising in Malta but are not taxed on non-Malta source income not remitted to Malta. In addition, they are not taxed on capital gains, even if this income is remitted to Malta.

Depending on specific circumstances, certain Malta non-domiciled individuals will need to pay a capped annual tax of €5,000.

Malt does not impose inheritance tax, gift tax or wealth taxes.

Tax Advantages Available to Companies in Malta

Income, other than dividends and capital gains is subject to tax at Malta’s normal rate of 35%.

However, on payment of a dividend, a tax refund of between 6/7ths and 5/7ths of the tax paid by a Malta company is payable to the shareholder. This results in a net Malta tax rate of between 5% and 10%.

Where such income has benefited from double tax relief or the Malta flat rate tax credit, a 2/3rds refund applies.

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