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Malta Welcomes Fully Vaccinated South African Passport Holders Again

As the world starts relaxing travel restrictions in the wake of Covid, South African citizens have been given the green light to travel to Malta again, news welcomed by many. There are certain criteria that apply and we cover them in brief further down below.

Malta has become a firm favourite among South Africans as a holiday destination and as a safe relocation destination. They find themselves at home from day one when visiting the islands: as many of them say, “Malta is baie lekker!” Many have moved to Malta permanently, either for work, retirement or through acquiring citizenship.

The BIG News Everyone is Celebrating

From 23 September 2021, South Africans who are in possession of a vaccination certificate as a result of having received the mandatory doses of the following in the prescribed manner as approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can enter Malta without the need to quarantine.

  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) 

Those that are not vaccinated are subject to mandatory quarantine of 14 days, paying for the costs of the quarantine themselves. 


One of the safest countries in Europe

Stable economy


EU member coutry

Englisch speaking country

Visa-free travel to 183 countries

No wealth tax

In addition to these benefits, Malta is a great choice for South Africans looking to permanently move to Europe. It is a home to a booming expat community that enjoys the hospitality of the local population and the multicultural spirit of the islands.



PopulationUnder 500,000
LocationMalta lies in the central Mediterranean Sea, 93 km (58 mi) south of Sicily and 290 km (180 mi) from the nearest point of the North African mainland
Drives On TheLeft
Official LanguagesMaltese and English
Capital CityValletta
ClimateMediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot dry summers
maltese places to see


Option 1: Get a Malta Residency Permit

If you want to stay in Malta for more than three months, you will need a permit from the immigration authorities which is granted on specific grounds. Below is a residency program available for South Africans:

– Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP)

  • The Malta Permanent Residence Programme is a residency-by-investment program which entitles a beneficiary to the right to reside in Malta permanently. It is by far one of the most attractive residence programmes available to individuals looking at obtaining permanent residence in an EU country that also forms part of the Schengen Zone.

– Malta Global Residence Programme

  • Malta Global Residence Programme allows people who buy or rent a property in Malta and direct their income to Malta to qualify from a residence permit. In order to qualify for residency, under the new Global Residence Programme, one needs to buy a property of €220,000 or over (if the property is in the South of Malta or in Gozo) or of a minimum value of €275,000 for properties in Central and Northern Malta.

Option 2: Obtain a Citizenship by Direct Investment

– Malta Citizenship by Direct Investment

  • Malta Citizenship by Direct Investment allow South African citizens, along with their family dependants to obtain citizenship by making a direct investment in the country. This will also grant applicants a Maltese and EU Passport.



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