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Not too long ago we lived in a world where work and travel operated in two separate spheres of life, often at the expense of one another. When the pandemic hit, everything changed.
Travel and mobility were among the first things to be restricted, and experiencing new countries and cultures became a distant dream for many people. At the same time, we got the chance to experience flexible hybrid working arrangements, and today we know first-hand how effective and efficient remote working can be.
We are living in a time of great change and adaptation in travel trends, and work-life balance has found itself at the top spot of the agenda for many of us. The digital nomad lifestyle, once a catchphrase, has become the future of the hospitality business. ‘Work from home’ has shifted into ‘work from anywhere’, and more and more people are taking up this lifestyle with each passing day. Remote workers got into a great routine of making sure they are putting in the work hours, while exploring different destinations in between.
Malta is among the first countries in Europe adapting to this shift in trends. Following a great influx of remote workers from fellow EU countries, the Nomad Residence Permit extends this possibility to Non-EU nationals to live in Malta for a temporary extended period while working remotely.
Eligible applicants can be employed with a company registered outside Malta, self-employed with registration abroad or freelancers giving services to clients registered abroad. Applicants are required to earn a monthly gross salary of €2,700, and the permit is open for all sectors and for immediate family members of applicants. Permits are granted for one year, with the possibility of renewal if applicants still meet eligibility criteria.
“We are receiving an average of more than an application a day since the launch last June,” said Charles Mizzi, Chief Executive Officer of Residency Malta. “Applicants hail from all over the world but US and UK nationals are currently topping the list. The hospitality industry in Malta is serviced by many foreigners. These expats may have family and friends who might be considering working remotely from a European country and joining their peers in Malta, and who would be eligible for the Nomad Residence Permit. Residency Malta promises an efficient and straightforward application process and fast turnaround of replies to queries.”
With a strong broadband infrastructure, over 400 public free wifi hotspots and helpful Government services, digital nomads can rest their minds with regard to their professional success. Add that to the easy connectivity within the island, daily air and sea links to major destinations, top-class healthcare services and language accessibility, with English being one of the two official languages, remote workers will feel right at home as soon as they land.
“While these remote workers contribute to our local economy during their temporary stay, we promise to make the process easy and seamless, and to live up to our reputation as a hospitable country with boundless opportunities for creative minds. The future looks bright and as the pandemic situation continues to settle, we are optimistic that we will be welcoming more and more digital nomads to our shores. We can’t wait to meet you and we hope you enjoy your stay,” says Charles Mizzi.
All details about the Nomad Residence Permit can be found at nomad.residencymalta.gov.mt