Malta Citizenship Program

Time to citizenship

3 - 4 months

Minimum Investment


Type of investment

Real Estate + NDF + Bonds

Visa free Countries

184 Including EU, UK and Canada

Malta Citizenship by Investment Program

Malta established its Citizenship by Investment Program in 2014 to attract the investment of those with a high net worth. Known as the Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP), requires applicants to contribute to the development of Malta with an investment into the National Development and Social Fund as well as through an investment into bonds or stocks. In addition to this, investors are required to purchase real estate to the value of €350,000 or rent property at an annual cost of €16,000. Finally, applicants are required to show a connection to Malta and should have resided in the country for at least 12 months before applying for citizenship.

Which Family Members Can Be Added in the Same Malta Citizenship by Investment Application?

  • Spouse

  • Children under the age of 27 that are financially dependent on the applicant

  • Parents over the age of 55, provided they are dependent

Malta Overview

Malta is a beautiful archipelago filled with friendly people, fantastic weather, varied beaches, and fascinating history and culture.





Total Area

316 km2




Parliamentary Republic



Malta Citizenship and Passport Benefits

  • Applicants and their dependents can travel visa-free to over 184 countries around the world.

  • Citizenship can be obtained within 12 months.

  • Investors have the right to live permanently in Malta, as well as in any other EU country.

  • Family members can also obtain passports, and citizenship can be passed down to future generations.

  • Special tax considerations.

Malta Citizenship by Investment Options

The Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) requires applicants to invest in the development of the country in various ways. Firstly, applicants are required to contribute a non-refundable €650,000 to the National Development and Social Fund. For each additional family member, the contribution needs to be increased. An additional €25,000 is required for a spouse and for each dependent under 18, while an additional €50,000 must be paid for each dependent over 18. Applicants are also required to invest €150,000 into government-approved bonds or stocks, which need to remain invested for a minimum of five years. Additionally, investors must either purchase real estate to the value of €350,000 or rent property for €16,000 per annum.

Malta Citizenship by Investment Cost

Due Diligence fees

€7,500 for the main applicant
€5,000 for other adult dependents
€3,000 for children between the ages of 13 and 18

Real Estate Investment


Rental Option

€16,000 per annum

Qualifying Investment


National Development and Social Fund Contribution

€650,000 for the main applicant
€25,000 for a spouse and each dependent under 18
€50,000 for dependents over 18

How to Qualify for Malta Citizenship

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

  • Investors must be a third-country national – not an EU/EFTA citizen

  • Applicants must have no criminal record and should not have been denied a visa or entry into any country where Malta has visa-free travel

  • Investors must undergo a ‘Fit and Proper Test’ to ensure their reputability

  • Applicants must be in good health and free of contagious diseases

  • Applicants must demonstrate ties with Malta, including residing in the country with a residence card for 12 months or more

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Malta Visa-free Countries

Over the past number of years, the Maltese government has been successfully working on expanding its list of Visa-free countries.

FAQs About Malta Citizenship

Malta is considered to be very safe with a very low crime rate. However, all visitors to the country should practice basic safety precautions.
Applicants need to pay a contribution of €650,000 to the Government of Malta, invest an initial value of €150,000 in government bonds or stocks, and need to rent or buy a qualifying property in Malta with a purchase price of at least €350,000 or annual rental of €16,000.
To qualify for citizenship by investment in Malta, applicants need to pay a contribution to the government, invest in relevant bonds, and purchase or rent qualifying property in the country.
Malta passport ranks at 4th in terms of travel freedom. It allows visa-free access to over 184 countries, including those in the EU and Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Canada.
Yes, Malta does allow dual citizenship, so applicants for citizenship by investment may retain their existing citizenship.

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