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Non-Maltese citizens who intend to reside legally in Malta for a period which is longer than three months are to apply with the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs for a residence permit.

General Information

Front Offices
Applications for a Maltese residence permit of EU and non-EU citizens may be submitted at the respective sections from Monday to Friday between 7:30 – 12:30.

The Single-Permit Front Office receiving work/residence applications is open from Monday to Thursday between 7:30 and 12:30.

Collection Desk
Applicants are notified by post when their eResidence card is issued. They must collect their card personally upon presentation of the said letter and a valid travel/identification document. Non-EU citizens are expected to present the interim residence document as well.

EU citizens may also make an appointment with the department to collect their eResidence card upon the receiving of the said letter.

The Collection Desk is open from Monday to Friday between 7:30 – 14:00.

Customer Care Department
Applicants may seek assistance and information on their applications from the Customer Care Department from Monday to Friday between 7:30 – 14:00.

Application Process

Applications, with all the forms and supporting documentation, must be submitted in person. The relevant list of supporting documentation is found on each form.

Previous residence documentation (with the exception of residence permit stickers affixed on passports) has to be returned to the Department upon the submission of an application for a renewed residence permit.

In cases where residence documentation has been lost or stolen, the applicant needs to present a valid Police report with the application for a new eResidence card.

The application form has to be submitted at the relevant sections at the:

Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs
Evans Building,
St Elmo’s Square,


Malta and Gozo are becoming increasingly popular locations for the purchase or rental of second homes.

Situated at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, with easy access from all major cities in Europe, North Africa and neighbouring states, the islands have many advantages to offer, including the following:

Why Malta
- An excellent climate with pleasant all year round weather.
- Genuinely friendly and hospitable people who will make it easy to integrate within the local community.
- Very low levels of crime which make Malta one of the safest places in the region.
- A member of the European Union since 2004, Malta is an independent republic enjoying political stability.
- English is one of the two official languages of the Islands and is spoken fluently by everyone.
- The island boasts a high standard of hospital and medical services, both private and public.
- Excellent schooling with a choice of English-speaking schools and University.
- A relatively low cost of living.
- A stable property market offering a wide variety of properties in all price ranges, and good prospects for capital growth.

These, together with an abundance of historical and cultural attractions, crystal clear seas, a variety of sporting facilities (including world class diving) and a lively calendar of events, make these islands a favourite for those seeking their dream ‘Place in the Sun'. Moreover, the residency conditions are very attractive and include a favourable tax regime and the absence of Rates or Council taxes.

Purchase of Property by Non-Maltese Buyers
It is quite easy for a non-Maltese to purchase property in Malta and Gozo. Naturally, some conditions apply including certain restrictions regarding the minimum value of property that can be purchased and the use that the buyer will make of the property. Some buyers may also require a special permit.

Permit fees
The fee for the Acquisition of Immovable Property Permit is €233, payable when the permit is issued.

The price of the deposit is usually 10% of the purchasing price and payable when the Konvenju (Preliminary Agreement) is signed. The deposit is a common proof of goodwill on the purchaser’s part and shows the seller that you can be trusted.

Stamp Duty
The stamp duty is as follows: 3.5% on the first €150,000 of the immovable property contract price (applicable to the purchase of a place of residence), and 5% on any amount over €150,000 of the immovable property contract price or on the full price, in case the above concession is not applicable.

Recognition fee
Equivalent to one year’s ground rent, this fee is due on immovable property subject to ground rent when the contract of sale is signed.

Notaries in Malta are publicly appointed officials usually chosen by the buyer and responsible for conducting all the necessary due diligence to make sure there are no issues with the property or the contract.

The notary fee is usually 1% of the purchase price, although this fee may vary if the property title requires deeper research.


Commercial Property Sale:

5% of sale value + 18% VAT (Payable by vendor)

Commercial Property Rent Agency Fees & Rates in Malta:

10% of one years rent + 18% VAT payable by Landlord / Lessor, and

10% of one years rent + 18% VAT payable by Tenant / Lessee

In case of premium, 5% of premium + 18% VAT payable by lessor

Residential Rent Estate Agency Fees & Rates in Malta:

Long term residential lets (6 months and over):

Half of one month’s rent + 18%VAT payable by Landlord / Lessor

Half of one month’s rent + 18%VAT payable by Tenant / Lessee

Short term residential lets (less than 6 months):

10% of the total rent + 18% VAT payable by Landlord / Lessor, and

10% of the total rent + 18% VAT payable by Tenant / Lessee


  • Class 1 - Dwelling for residential accomodation, lodging or personal residence, part of which is also used for a commercial occupation or to render a service.
  • Class 2 - Residential Institution - Residence for people in need of care on a temporary or permanent basis, such as a hospital or nursing home.
  • Class 3 -Hostel, boarding house, guesthouse - a residence for multiple people requiring generally temporary lodging.
  • Class 4 - Commercial shop, retail outlet, ranging from showroom to travel agency to sales booth to post office, etc.
  • Class 5 - Offices used for professional services - medical or dental clinics, legal offices, financial service providers, etc.
  • Class 6 - Premises used for the making, selling and partaking of food and beverages, such as a coffee shop, restaurant, ice-cream shop, etc.
  • Class 7 - Specified as a non-residential institution, a Class 7 includes an art space, a museum, an exhibition hall, places of worship or social and recreational activities.
  • Class 8 - Premises used for educational and training purposes - nurseries, day centres, schools, colleges, teaching institutions.
  • Class 9 - Public spaces such as cinemas, concert halls, theatres, casinos, health clubs, sports halls, recreational spaces, swimming pools, etc.
  • Class 10 - This Class is linked to marine activities - storing of motor boats, yacht marinas and water related sports such as diving, sailing, surfing, etc.
  • Class 11- Industrial premises involving light industry, research, testing and development of products, crafts, etc.
  • Class 12 - Other Industrial use.
  • Class 13,14,15,16 - Special Industrial use.
  • Class 17 - Storage & distribution.
  • Class 18 - Agriculture.
  • Class 19 - Boatyards.
  • Class 20 - Aquaculture.

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