Country profile

Malta is a small but densely populated island-nation in the Mediterranean Sea. An important naval base for the many powers that ruled over Malta throughout its history, it famously resisted siege by the Ottomans in 1565. Malta is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including its fortified capital city – Valletta. Its economy is dependent on tourism, the provision of financial services, and information technology, but the Government has also been keen to encourage ventures such as film production. Malta acceded to the European Union in 2004 and to the Eurozone in 2008.

  • Official name: Republic of Malta
  • National anthem: The Maltese Hymn
  • Location: Mediterranean, Europe
  • Capital city: Valletta
  • Official language: Maltese; English
  • Independence: 21 September 1964, from the United Kingdom
  • Government type: Parliamentary democratic republic
  • Head of State: President
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister
  • Basis of legal system: English common law; French civil law; Roman civil law
  • Currency: Euro
  • Climate: Hot-summer Mediterranean climate

Programme Profile

Malta’s Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations

  • The Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations, 2020 came into force after the Individual Investor Programme was discontinued in September 2020
  • Subject to a cap of 400 Certificates of Naturalisation per annum and 1,500 in total, excluding Certificates of Naturalisation issued to dependants
  • Applicants must first complete a residence requirement of either 36 months or, for a higher investment amount, 12 months
  • Citizenship is at best a 13-month endeavour, with applicants having to complete both the residence period and an eligibility assessment before applying for citizenship
  • Investment structure:
    • Either a €600,000 or a €750,000 exceptional direct investment, depending on the length of stay in Malta, €10,000 of which must be remitted as a non-refundable deposit
    • Either the purchase of real estate for €700,000 or more, or the rental of property at €16,000 per annum, to be held for five years from the date of issue of the Certificate of Naturalisation in both instances
    • €10,000 donation to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare, or artistic non-governmental organisation or society
  • A Due Diligence Fee of €15,000 is levied for the main applicant
  • Dual citizenship is permitted
  • Successful applicants’ names are published on Malta’s Gazette and identified as recipients of Maltese citizenship within 12 months of obtaining their citizenship