Malta is a small Mediterranean island nation, yet it has organized a great response to the pandemic. With one of the highest immunization rates in the world, the country has been able to open its borders and welcome people securely after applying some of Europe’s most severe restrictions.

Almost 81 percent of Maltese residents have received all of their vaccinations. Malta and Portugal are the only two European countries with a vaccination rate of more than 80 percent throughout their whole population, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). According to the ECDC director, this makes them two of the few regions likely to avoid a winter revival and among the safest places to visit in 2021. Visitors to Malta must get vaccinated themselves if they want to escape a 14-day quarantine.

The government is happy to welcome back immunized overseas travelers, especially those who want to use their company’s new remote work policy. Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit, which allows travelers to keep their current jobs while staying in Malta for up to a year, was introduced in June 2021. (with the possibility of renewal) Applicants must show that they can earn at least €2,700 ($ 3,098.59) per month working remotely for an employer or offering freelance or consultancy services.