Malta Ordinary Residence


Malta Ordinary Residence is aimed at people who intend to reside in Malta for a period longer than three months. Individuals are obliged to register and apply for a residence permit (e-Residence card) if they intend to stay in Malta.

The Malta Residence Permit is available to both EU and Non-EU nationals. However, Non-EU nationals rights are not automatic like EU nationals and they must satisfy the conditions imposed for Malta residence. Contact us for a residence planning consultation and start the application process.


Benefits of Malta Ordinary Residence
  • Visa-free travel to all Schengen Areas. Schengen Areas include most European states, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
  • Malta’s maximum tax rate is 35%.
  • Malta has a stable political, social, and economic environment.
  • Malta has double-taxation agreements with over 70 countries.
  • Malta is located strategically with prime international flight and sea connections.
  • English speaking environment.

    Are You Eligible for an Ordinary Residence Permit in Malta?

    For a successful application to the Malta ordinary residence scheme, you must be aware of a few factors.

  • EU/EEA/Swiss nationals have a right to enter, remain and reside in Malta for employment, self-employment, to study, as self-sufficient economic persons.
  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals may also apply, but their rights are not automatic. In addition, there are restrictions and conditions imposed, especially regarding employment/self-employment rights, for so-called third-country nationals.
  • You must rent or purchase a property before applying for the Malta residence permit. There is no minimum cost requirement for this property.
  • If you rent a property, the rental agreement should not be less than 6 months.

    Different requirements may apply when applying for Ordinary Residence in Malta, depending on the nationality of the applicant, so seek the advice of a Residence Specialist.

    Ordinary Residence Minimum Stay requirement

    Having a Malta Residence permit requires that residents physically stay in Malta for 183 days or more in any calendar year. Persons absent from Malta for work, business or health-related absences may still be able to claim Maltese tax residence, depending on circumstances.

    Application Process for Malta Residence Permit

    Depending based on the application (e.g. employed, self-employed, economic self-sufficiency), an applicant will need to fill out all relevant application forms. Firstly, the applicant will provide information and documentation relevant to the category the applicant is registering under for Ordinary Residence.

    Secondly, applicants will be required to have a property in place before submitting your application.

    Finally, you must submit this application in person to Identity Malta. You can arrange an appointment to visit the office and hand over the paperwork. Papilio Services can help schedule and arrange the paperwork to apply for the Malta Ordinary Residence Permit.

    Tax Rate in Malta for Ordinary Residents

    The Maltese rate of tax varies depending on the individual’s status (single/married/parent) and amount of income. The highest tax bracket as of 2021 is 35% on any income over €60,000 per year.

    Economic Self Sufficiency Malta

    EU/EEA/Swiss nationals may apply for Economic Self Sufficiency in Malta. You would have to prove that you can support a lifestyle without the need to be employed by a company in Malta. This can be proven by either showing significant savings or provide proof that you are in receipt of some form of income outside of Malta (such as pension income).

    Minimum tax liability of €5,000 per annum was introduced from 2018 for Economic Self Sufficiency permits. The minimum tax is payable by persons having an annual income arising outside Malta of at least €35,000.


  • Contact Us

    Are you are considering applying for a Malta Ordinary Residence Permit? Papilio Services can help as we are accredited agents through Identity Malta.

    We will guide and advise you and any dependents on the application process; help gather the relevant documents and help fast track your application for residence. Contact us and we will arrange a residence planning consultation to discuss the requirements and any questions you may have.