Malta Citizenship by Investment

About Malta Citizenship by Investment Program

Malta citizenship by investment program is called Individual Investor Program of Malta (IIP Malta) and is regulated by the Malta Citizenship Act.

Created in 2013, this Malta citizenship program allows investors and their immediate families to join the Maltese community and enjoy its benefits as Malta citizens.

High net worth individuals from third countries can also obtain a Malta passport and gain free movement in the EU/EEA and Schengen Area with minimum requirements.

Malta citizenship by investment program grants Malta citizenship and high-mobility Maltese passport to investors from outside the European Union. Thanks to this Malta citizenship program, foreign families have the opportunity of living and working in this European paradise and even other EU countries.

The process takes between 12 and 36 months, but with a minimum investment of €738,000, investors and their loved ones can have Malta citizenship for life and even pass it down to their children, as well as traveling to all territories in the European Union with no extra requirements.

Time to Citizenship

12 to 36 months

Minimum Investment


Type of Investment

Real Estate + NDF + Donation

Visa-free Countries

186 including EU, USA, UK and Canada

About Malta

Malta is an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. More specifically, it is located between the Italian island of Sicily and the coasts of Tunisia and Libya, in North Africa. With an area of 316 km2, Malta is one of the smallest countries in the European Union, though it has more than half a million inhabitants (around 514,564). Its capital city is Valletta, which is home to iconic fortifications built in the 16th century. Like other countries in the European Union, Malta’s official currency is the euro.





Total Area

316 km2




Parliamentary Republic



Malta Citizenship and Passport Benefits

  • Permanent residency status as a Malta citizen and a EU citizen.
  • Residency in Malta is only mandatory during the application process (12 or 36 months).
  • Free movement in the EU/EAA zone and Schengen zone.
  • Instant travel to 186 countries with visa-free access, visa-on-arrival access, and eTA access options.
  • Special tax considerations for new Malta citizens under the Malta citizenship by investment program.

Malta Passport Ranking

  • Malta passport offers a really vast international mobility with visa-free access to 186 countries. This puts it in the 8th place of the Guide Passport Ranking Index.
  • Visa-free countries include EU/EEA countries, the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Israel, and most Latin American countries.
  • Countries that require an electronic travel authorization are the United States of America, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa,  Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Northern Mariana Islands, Norfolk Island, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.
  • Other destinations require only visas on arrival, such as Bahrain, Cambodia, Kuwait, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Kenya, Thailand, Bolivia, Seychelles, etc.

Requirements to Qualify for Malta Citizenship

  • Only nationals of third countries qualify for the Malta citizenship by investment program.
  • They must be at least 18 years old.
  • They must live in Malta for at least one year (with a residence card).
  • No criminal record and good reputation.
  • No previous bans on entry on countries that offer visa-free access to Malta citizens.
  • Good health (medical certificate required).

Malta Citizenship by Investment Options

Malta Citizenship by Investment in Real Estate

To qualify for the Malta citizenship by investment program, investors must buy a property that is worth at least €700,000. They can also rent real estate for €16,000 annually.

At this moment, they should already have a residence card and be able to submit proof of residence when required. Investors have to travel to Malta to obtain a residence card.

Malta citizenship by donation is not exactly an option but if you want to qualify for Malta citizenship by investment in real estate, you should also make a contribution of €10,000 to government charitable organizations in Malta plus €600,000 (with a residency of 36 months) or €750,000 (with a residency of 12 months) to the National Development and Social Fund.

Due diligence background check

€15,000 for the main applicant

Due diligence background check for other dependents

€10,000 per applicant

Administrative fees

€11,000 for the main applicant and €3,000 for each additional dependent

Legal fees, professional fees, etc.

Will depend on the number of dependents

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How obtain a Malta passport

As a top licensed agency, Second Passport can help you submit your application for a residence card in Malta (this process usually takes 1 to 3 weeks).

  • Our advisors will collect, notarize, and translate the documentation required for the Malta citizenship process to continue while you’re living in Malta. Remember that there’s a 12 or 36 month residency period that you must fulfill before we can proceed with your Malta citizenship application.
  • Eligibility approval is usually delivered to you in 120-150 days.
  • After that, you must keep living in Malta and submit proof of residence when required. Only then, you can submit your application for Malta citizenship through an authorized agent like Second Passport.
  • Second Passport will make sure that everything goes right so that you can take the Oath of Allegiance and receive your certificate of naturalization. It’s official: you are now a Malta citizen.

Note: New Malta citizens must keep qualifiable for a period of at least 5 years. Second Passport can help you meet the eligibility requirements for you to keep enjoying your Malta citizenship.

  • Second Passport will start your Malta passport application.

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