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South Africans, spread your wings with visa-free travel to the rest of the EU and Schengen Zone

South Africans, spread your wings with visa-free travel to the rest of the EU and Schengen Zone

Have you ever looked enviously at people in the EU arrivals queue zipping effortlessly through international customs? Well now you as a South African living in Malta can do it too and enjoy all the benefits of borderless travel.

For those South Africans that are moving to Malta long-term, whether self-employed, for work or retirement, the advantages are numerous. Malta is part of the EU and the Schengen Zone which consists of 26 countries: 22 from the EU and 4 from outside the EU, being Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway.

Besides offering very attractive Residence and Visa Programmes well-suited to South Africans’ needs, Malta is also the ideal place to invest in an offshore holiday or retirement home with residency status as a possible bonus. Attaining residency in Malta has numerous benefits; the main one being border-free travel for its residents to the rest of Europe within the Schengen Zone and with daily and weekly flights to South Africa via a number of European hubs, travelling to South Africa is a breeze. Most direct flight durations to major centres in Europe takes only a few hours, for example Heathrow to Malta takes 3 hours and 10 minutes, Berlin to Malta takes 2 hours and 50 minutes and From Amsterdam’s Schipol to Malta takes only 3 hours!

Many South Africans may already have EU passports through inheritance, so you simply have to apply for residency card or official registration should you be staying longer than 90 days or relocate here permanently. You will have the right to live and work here just like any other EU citizen.

Those wanting to relocate that only have South African Passports/Citizenship (referred to as Third Country Nationals or TCNs for short in Malta) will need to investigate one of Malta’s residency programme options by clicking here.

Qualifying for Malta’s Residency programme, South Africans will:

  • Have the right to reside indefinitely in Malta
  • Have the ability to work in Malta
  • No minimum physical presence required to maintain immigration status
  • All family of applicant is eligible

To find out which one of Malta’s residency programme options suits you, click here.

Care to find out more?

Frank Salt Real Estate is hosting its next seminar series MOVE TO MALTA – investment, residency, and relocation, this time in the form of a webinar. Registration to the virtual seminars is free of charge, with a limited number of participants.

The 1-hr webinar will consist of a few short presentations, with the option of also booking a virtual one-on-one session with key speakers and their support teams, as well as Frank Salt partner agents in South Africa. The individual sessions are highly recommended as they offer an opportunity to gather exact information related to property investment, taxation, or residency.