Looking for a change of scenery? Malta has just opened applications for a year-long digital nomad visa program, inviting remote workers from around the world to move their home office to the Mediterranean archipelago.

The Nomad Residence Permit is open to people who work remotely and who can continue to do their current jobs while residing in Malta for a year. As a European Union (EU) member state, Malta already welcomes digital nomads from the EU but this program allows applicants from non-EU countries who are eligible for a Maltese visa to take part, including individuals from the United States, the United Kingdom and more.

Read more: Everything you need to consider before becoming a digital nomad

People swim and take sun bath in Valletta city / Malta.
There are many beautiful bathing and diving spots dotted around the Maltese islands ©Getty Images

"The permit will be issued for one year and can be renewed upon application at the discretion of Residency Malta, as long as the applicant still meets the set eligibility criteria," organizers said. "Applicants who are interested in staying for less than a year will be issued with a national visa for the duration of their stay."

On the surface, Malta seems to embody all the stereotypes of a Mediterranean island nation, with sun-kissed cities, ochre-toned buildings, and a seemingly relaxed and laid-back lifestyle. But this is a country that rewards extensive exploration. As a long-term visitor you'll find a treasure trove of history, world-class architecture, outdoor adventures, entirely unique and rustic cuisine for all seasons, and blockbuster landscapes that serve as backdrops for TV and film.

Read more: Malta unpackaged: an independent traveller's guide

Crowd of people sitting at local restaurants, waiting for food on sunny and historical city street
Malta has a large and diverse expat community ©Getty Images

Malta, located between between Italy and the North African coast, is a multicultural nation with a diverse expat community. English is one of the official languages here and the language for doing business. It also has a robust telecommunications infrastructure and was the first EU country with nationwide 5G mobile internet service.

To apply for the digital nomad visa, you'll need to be fully vaccinated and present proof. You'll need to take out health insurance too to cover you for the duration of your stay and pay a €300 administrative fee. For more information, see the Nomad Residence Permit website.

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