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The Mediterranean island nation of Malta may be small but its response to the pandemic has been mighty | Source: Visit Malta Facebook

Malta Welcomes Visitors With Nomad Residence Permit

Boasting one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, Malta is now welcoming back visitors safely with cash incentives and a recently launched Nomad Residence Permit.

After the past year and a half, it’s safe to say that the novelty of working from home has well and truly worn off. Fortunately for remote workers, the dream of working beachside with a coffee in hand could come true thanks to Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit.

Here’s what the permit means for those who are itching to take their work overseas again.

Announced earlier this year, digital nomads are starting to take advantage of Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit, which allows visitors to the idyllic island the ability to retain their current employment based in another country while residing in Malta for up to a year.

To be successful, applicants must prove that they can work remotely and must reach a gross monthly income threshold of €2,700, the equivalent of around A$4,250 per month. Permit holders can then have their permit potentially extended upon evaluation once a year is up.

And, of course, visitors must be vaccinated if they want to avoid a 14-day quarantine period, as well as other local restrictions. As of October, more than 80 per cent of Malta’s population has been fully vaccinated.

This is one of the highest vaccination rates in the world and makes Malta one of the safest places to visit, according to the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control.

Malta is also incentivising tourists with its Free Independent Traveller scheme which grants visitors who stay for three days or more at participating hotels up to €200 (approx. A$314) as a room discount or in the form of onsite perks.

The Mediterranean archipelago of Malta is the EU’s fastest growing economy, counts English as an official language and boasts over 300 days of sunshine. And as for that all-important internet connection, Malta has nation-wide 5G internet.

In terms of accommodation, here are some of Malta’s best five-star luxury hotels.

Corinthia Palace Malta

Situated across the road from the stunning San Anton Palace and Gardens, Corinthia Palace is a blissful regal oasis located in the heart of Malta. Finish a hard day’s work with some relaxation by the pool, an afternoon tea in historic surrounds or by getting in some pamper time at the spa at this five star hotel.

Image: Executive Suite Queen, approx. A$770/night | Source: Corinthia Palace

The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

Can you picture yourself working from a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean? The Westin Dragonara Resort is another five-star accommodation provider that offers a luxurious island lifestyle. Perched right on the water’s edge, The Westin Dragonara Resort has two private beach lidos as well as a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.

Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour

Housed in a historic fortress, Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour blends modern features with old world charm to deliver a five star accommodation experience along Malta’s Grand Harbour. Guests can enjoy uninterrupted views of the harbour, a rooftop swimming pool and a fine dining restaurant.

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