Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme

Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta boasts an exceptional reputation for its delightful climate, welcoming locals, low crime rate, and outstanding quality of life. A member of the EU, with excellent air links, Malta serves as an attractive location for residency through the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Policy.

Minimum Investment by Donation
EUR 600,000

Minimum Investment In Real Estate
EUR 700,000

Time to Citizenship
12-24 months

Visa - free Access
184 countries

Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme

About Malta

Malta is a small, archipelagic nation located in the Mediterranean Sea, nestled between the shores of Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Comprising three inhabited islands – Malta, Gozo, and Comino – the country boasts a rich cultural heritage that spans centuries. With a history dating back to prehistoric times, Malta has seen the influence of various civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Normans, culminating in a unique blend of cultures and traditions. 

The Maltese climate is characterised by warm, sunny weather throughout most of the year, making it a popular destination for both tourists and expats seeking a Mediterranean lifestyle. As a member of the European Union since 2004, Malta benefits from strong economic ties and open borders with other EU nations, further enhancing its appeal as an attractive destination for both travel and investment.

  • The capital of the country is Valletta
  • The currency is Euro
  • The current population: 525,285

Malta Citizenship by Investment

Introduced in 2020 by the Maltese government following the closure of the Maltese Citizenship by Investment Programme the previous year, the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Policy has generated much interest from foreign investors. 

BENEFITS of Malta Citizenship by Investment

Visa-free travel

The Malta CBI program allows the holder to travel visa-free and visa-on-arrival to 184 countries, including Europe and the United States of America.


Malta citizens do not need to renounce their current citizenship.


Your family members, spouse, parents, and children can be qualified dependents for citizenship.


Malta has one of the lowest taxation rates in Europe with no inheritance tax, no foreign income tax, and withholding tax on interest earned.


Right to live in the Malta and in all other countries in the European Union

Programme Requirements:

To qualify, applicants must proceed with the following:

Application Process

The application process is straightforward, and it may take up to 18 months between initiating the process and receiving the citizenship documents. The application process can be divided into the following stages:


Assessment & Onboarding:

  • Consult with Passport Legacy’s client advisors. 
  • Passport Legacy’s due diligence check is conducted.
  • Client is onboarded and retainer fees are paid.


Application Submission:

  • Investment requirements are fulfilled, legal process commences, and bank account is opened. 
  • Client travels to Malta.
  • Application for a residence card is submitted to initiate the 36-month residency requirement. 
  • Biometrics appointment is booked in Malta. 
  • Documents are prepared and the application for Maltese citizenship is submitted after 36 months of residence.


Document & Application Processing:

  • Application is processed.
  • The Government of Malta conducts a thorough due diligence check to verify the applicant’s eligibility for citizenship.
  • Application is approved. 


Approval & Passport Handover:

  • Maltese certificate of naturalisation is granted. 
  • Client travels to Malta to swear oath of allegiance and collect the certificate of naturalisation.
  • Application for passport is submitted.
  • Passport is granted. 

Real Estate

Discover everything you need to know about purchasing premium real estate in Malta. Please see our government-approved listings that qualify you for the Malta Citizenship By Investment Program.


Minimum Real Estate Investment:

EUR 700,000


ROI or Rental Income Opportunity:

Approximately between 2-5%


Ownership Type:

Title Deed or Share Certificate


Minimum Real Estate Holding Period:

5 years

Legal Basis

The Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Regulations (S.L. 188.05), under the Maltese Citizenship Act Cap. 188, LN437 of 2020, allows the granting of citizenship by a certificate of naturalization to foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the country’s economic development.

frequently asked questions

The Maltese passport will give you visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to 184 countries. As a Maltese citizen, you have access to the Schengen area and all European Union countries. You have the right to the establishment, which refers to the ability to immigrate to all EU member states. Apart from Europe, Malta also has visa-free access to the United States of America, Canada and Australia.

Yes, an individual can hold more than one citizenship after being naturalised as a Maltese citizen. Malta accepts dual citizenship. However, the individual’s current country of citizenship may impose limitations.

Maltese language proficiency is not necessary for naturalisation, and the applicant does not require any citizenship test during the application process.

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