Malta - Your best EU relocation and residence option for South Africans

Why Relocate to Malta?

If you are a South African and are looking at relocating to an EU member state, or investing in real estate, you need to check out Malta.

Malta, a small archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean has emerged as one of Europe’s favourite relocation destinations for many reasons. This island nation may be small, but it has a tremendous amount to offer not only due to its favourable location but also because of its welcoming approach to foreign nationals, its investment-friendly business environment and first-world standards. If you are considering relocating to Malta to take up residency on the islands, we look forward to welcoming you. The decision to relocate an entire family can be a difficult one to make but it often leads to not only a better life but also potential financial savings and a brand new lifestyle.

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Here are 8 advantages that make Malta's quality of life the ideal relocation destination for South African families.

1. Malta's glorious year-round weather

Malta is one of the sunniest countries in Europe with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Malta offers its residents an enviable outdoor lifestyle with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.

2. Malta is part of the EU

Expats automatically gain access to the EU’s single market which allows the free movement of goods, services, capital and people and this opens up doors for business, education and hassle-free travel within the Schengen Area. Residents also benefit from EU-wide healthcare and social security benefits.

3. Malta's property investment arena

Malta’s real estate market has experienced significant growth recently, offering residents attractive investment opportunities. The Maltese government actively encourages foreign investment and has implemented property-friendly policies with the average return on real estate in Malta being between 4-6%.

4. A safe place to live

Malta is one of the safest places in the world to live and extremely low on the index for the likelihood of natural disasters to occur. Violent crime is unheard of and there are no unusual safety concerns in general.

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5. More bang for your buck

Malta offers a high quality of life with a low cost of living when compared to some other parts of the EU. Simply put, in Malta your money goes a lot further.

6. Healthcare par excellence

Malta’s healthcare system is widely respected globally. With public and private healthcare facilities available, you are in good hands. Medication and annual private health insurance premiums are extremely affordable.

7. Close to everything

In Malta you are only a two-hour flight away from the major centres of Paris, London and Munich while Italy is literally on your doorstep. The international airport at Luqa has daily flights scheduled to all parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

8. No language barriers

Malta’s officially recognised languages are Maltese and English. More than 85% of the locals are bilingual and most business transactions are concluded in English. All signage and road markings are in both languages so you will be able to explore the islands with ease. Many private schools also tutor in English.

Maltese Citizenship and one of the many residency programmes can be the perfect option for you!

There are many tailor-made options available for residency, all of which can be investigate at Many of Malta’s residency programmes offer attractive tax benefits and the entire application process is a simple one. Investing in local real estate can also lead to getting Maltese citizenship under the Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment Programme. Read more about at

We are there to assist you even before you arrive

Whether you are considering moving to Malta because of work, to start a company, for tax benefits or to retire, rest assured that we can be of tremendous help. Relocating abroad needs proper guidance and assistance. Read more about living and buying a property in Malta here.

Let us plan your trip to the islands

If you are planning an on-site inspection of the properties on your shortlist, don’t forget that we can also arrange your accommodation locally. We will organise your inspection visits to your choice of properties plus we can guide you when it comes to dealing with home loan applications.

The last word

Malta’s charm has captivated many who seek a change of pace with its attractive residency options, property investment opportunities, favourable weather and EU status.

Frank Salt Real Estate has been at the forefront of Malta real estate for more than 55 years, assisting many thousands of expats to relocate. No-one is better connected, better informed or better qualified to answer your questions. If you are ready for change, fill in the form below and we will contact you soonest!





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