Digital nomads can now work remotely in Malta thanks to New Years program

Malta calls all remote employees, inviting them to “WFH” from its beautiful Mediterranean beaches, striking architecture and pedestrian towns.

The country, located just off the coast of Sicily, has created a nomadic residence permit for up to one year, open to people from countries outside the European Union, including the United States. , shared the Malta Tourism Authority with Travel + Leisure. To apply, travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (which they must verify through the Verifly app), prove they can work remotely, and work for a company outside of Malta.

This is a view from the Palace of Sliema on Valletta with a church in the foreground

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Those who wish to stay beyond the one-year program can apply to renew their license.

“Malta has taken on the bandwagon of the increased demand for remote work around the world, as the pandemic has shifted targets and new trends are being set,” said Charles Mizzi, CEO of Residency Malta, in a statement provided to T + L. “People who can work remotely using technology and entrepreneurs with a flair for traveling and discovering new countries and cultures are welcome. If there are any lessons to be learned from the pandemic, it’s that people are willing to move more than ever before. “

Mizzi touted Malta’s “Mediterranean island way of life” as well as broadband infrastructure and health services as draws.

“Indeed, nomads will feel quite at ease as soon as they land here,” he added. “And with English being an official language and the language for doing business, communicating with the locals will prove to be an easy task.”

Currently Malta (which happens to be one of the best places to retire in Europe and has some of the cleanest waters in the EU) welcomes American travelers who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Agency. drugs, including Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson.

While vaccinated American travelers are welcome to Malta, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the country as a “level 3”, indicating a “high” rate of COVID-19 infections. This is a downgrade from August, when the agency ranked the country under its highest warning of “level 4”.

Alison Fox is a writer for Travel + Leisure. When not in New York, she enjoys spending her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow his adventures on Instagram.

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