Slowmad Living in Malta: Digital Nomad Visa Updates [April 2024]

Last Updated on 8 May 2024 by Brittany
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Weโ€™re sharing important Malta digital nomad visa updates that started on April 1, 2024. 

Malta, a country that cherishes the contributions of remote workers, has now extended its digital nomad visa renewal allowance for up to four years. 

Officially known as the Nomad Residence Permit, Malta extended a warm invitation to remote workers to come and live in the country in 2021. 

The overwhelming success and popularity of the visa have prompted Residency Malta Agency to allow visa holders to stay in the country even longer by increasing the number of allowed visa renewals. Of course, permit holders need still need to meet eligibility criteria, for their permits to be renewed.

This is a clear indication of Malta’s confidence and trust in the digital nomad community. 

There are a few other major updates to the Malta digital nomad visa, which we will dive into throughout this article. 

If youโ€™re considering moving to Malta, youโ€™ll definitely want to read until the end to know exactly what has changed about the visa application process and requirements. 

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What is the Malta Nomad Residence Permit?

Malta was one of the first countries in Europe to offer a digital nomad visa, standing at the forefront of an innovative movement to welcome non-EU national remote workers to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle. 

Remote employees, freelancers, and business owners working for companies or clients established outside of Malta are eligible to apply for the digital nomad visa. 

Launched by Residency Malta Agency, the Nomad Residence Permit first became available in 2021 and has since received 1,642 applications until the end of 2023.

Along with being one of the first countries in the region to offer a digital nomad visa, it offers one of the most straightforward application processes available. Done entirely online, remote workers can apply for the Nomad Residence Permit in just 15 minutes without waiting months for a visa appointment at an embassy or consulate. 

What Changes About the Malta Digital Nomad Visa in 2024?

With each passing year, countries worldwide update their digital nomad visa requirements and benefits to better fit with the digital nomad lifestyle. 

Nomads Embassy is committed to providing the latest and most up-to-date information about digital nomad visas worldwide. 

Last year, we covered favorable Malta digital nomad visa updates, just as we are covering updates for this year as well. 

Hereโ€™s exactly what has changed about the Nomad Residence Permit in 2024.

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Increased Visa Renewal Opportunities

When the Nomad Residence Permit first launched, it allowed qualified digital nomads to live in and work from the country for up to three years. 

As of April 2024, Malta digital nomad visa holders can now live in and work from the country for up to four years. 

While the initial visa term of 12 months remains the same, the opportunity for renewal increases by one more year. This is excellent news for those remote workers who simply fall in love with Maltaโ€™s beauty, weather, and culture. 

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Increased Minimum Income Requirement

To ensure sustainability and a quality experience for digital nomads, the gross minimum income requirement has  increased to โ‚ฌ42,000 per year as of April 1, 2024 (initially set to โ‚ฌ32,400 per year)

However, the income requirement does not increase if applicants plan to bring a spouse or dependent children. This is a unique aspect of the Malta digital nomad visa that other European digital nomad visas do not offer. 

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via Residency Malta Agency

Simplified Online Application Process

The already innovative and easy-to-use online visa application platform for the Nomad Residence Permit has been revamped and optimized for an even simpler user experience. 

Applicants can seamlessly upload their documents and visa applications through the online portal with ease and confidence. 

In a bureaucratic world where visas are inherently difficult and inconvenient to apply for, Malta rises above by creating a user-friendly online platform for digital nomad visa applicants. 

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Why Malta is So Popular Among Digital Nomads

Weโ€™ve said it before, and weโ€™ll say it again; Malta is undoubtedly one of the most popular digital nomad visa hotspots in Europe

With English as one of the official languages, digital nomads can feel comfortable and at home while living in Malta. They can now feel confident reading signs, asking for directions, reading lease agreements, or even watching the daily news while in a foreign country. Plus, digital nomads find it easier to make friends and become part of the local community without a language barrier. 

Everyday life in Malta is pretty sweet, especially if you top it up with daily imqaret (typical Maltese date-filled deep-fried pastries).

With a reliable 5G network and excellent wifi, digital nomads can stay connected no matter where they are. Whether working in a digital nomad-friendly cafe in Malta or answering emails while enjoying a boat ride in the Blue Lagoon, digital nomads can be confident they will always have a connection. 

The healthcare in Malta is also top-notch! Digital nomads with health insurance coverage in Malta can access reputable healthcare throughout the country during the validity term of their Nomad Residence Permit. 

Lastly, Malta offers one of the most ideal environments for digital nomads. With 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, digital nomads can explore this gorgeous Mediterranean island year-round. From lounging on beaches to trekking on trails, wandering historic cities, and investigating ancient ruins, Malta has something for everyone to enjoy! 

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Are You Eligible to Apply for the Malta Digital Nomad Visa?

Check out the Permitโ€™s eligibility requirements here to determine if youโ€™re eligible to apply and live in Malta for up to four years.

Alternatively, request Nomads Embassyโ€™s free digital nomad visa eligibility assessment to see if you qualify for Maltaโ€™s digital nomad visa today! 

Brittany
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When Iโ€™m not writing and teaching people how to achieve a location-independent lifestyle, you can find me globetrotting, experiencing new cultures, and working on my amateur photography skills.
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