Malta Visa Policy

Discover the visa policy of Malta and learn which nationalities require authorization to travel to the island country.

Visa Policy for Malta

Malta’s visa policy outlines the requirements for foreign nationals from each state or territory in the world to enter the country.

Different visas and travel authorizations may be required depending on factors such as the traveler’s nationality, the length of time they intend to spend in the Republic of Malta, and the purpose of their trip.

As part of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area, Malta shares the Schengen visa policy with regards to nationals of fellow EU and Schengen members and also to short-term visits from third countries.

Schengen and EU citizens enjoy freedom of movement between all member states, including Malta. They may travel to the island country visa-free.

Nationals of various third countries that make up the EU’s visa waiver list are also currently visa-exempt for the whole Schengen Area, including Malta. According to Maltese visa policy, these travelers may stay up to 90 days for certain purposes without a visa.

In 2023, travelers with passports issued by these countries will have to fulfil an additional requirement to continue to enjoy visa exemption for Malta. It will be necessary for such visitors to register their details online with the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).

The ETIAS visa waiver for Malta will be quick and easy to obtain. This electronic travel authorization will provide additional security.

Citizens of around 150 countries must apply for a visa for Malta in advance of their trip, regardless of the purpose or length of time they intend to spend in the country. This can be obtained at a Maltese embassy.

Malta does not have a visa on arrival service at this time. There is also no electronic visa (eVisa) for Malta.

Foreign nationals who plan to move to or seek employment in the country must apply for a Malta residence visa and/or Malta work visa at an embassy unless they are EU/Schengen citizens.

Learn more about the different types of visa for Malta below.

Tourist Visa Policy for Malta

International travelers may visit Malta as tourists providing they meet the entry requirements for their nationality. Malta’s tourist visa policy determines these prerequisites.

Currently, around 150 nationalities must obtain a Malta tourist visa from an embassy before embarking on their trip.

Citizens of countries in the Schengen Area, European Union, and the United Kingdom may visit Malta as a tourist without a visa.

In addition, nationals of over 60 other countries are currently exempt from visa requirements for Malta when visiting for tourism and leisure purposes. From 2023, these visitors will need to register with ETIAS to travel to Malta as a tourist.

Once registered, tourists will be able to use this electronic travel authorization for Malta to enter the country multiple times during the course of its validity.

Find the information about visa requirements for your nationality according to Maltese visa policy below.

ETIAS for Malta

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is an upcoming online system for visa-exempt travelers from outside the Schengen Area. By registering their details, visitors will be able to go to Malta or any other member country.

The ETIAS visa waiver for Malta will be valid for a total of 3 years once approved.

It is a multiple-entry travel authorization, allowing foreign visitors to return to Malta or visit other parts of the Schengen Area during the 3-year validity period without reapplying.

Foreign visitors with an ETIAS for Malta will be able to stay in the island country for up to 90 days within any 180-day period.

International travelers who are eligible to travel to Malta with ETIAS must register their details in an online form, including some basic personal data, passport details, and travel information. It is also necessary to answer some questions pertaining to health and security.

Eligible foreign nationals who apply for the ETIAS for Malta must have a passport that will continue to be valid for at least 3 months after the trip.

It is thought that the ETIAS travel authorization for Malta will be electronically linked to the passport, so that when the travelers scans their passport at an e-gate at border control, the computer will recognize that the traveler is approved by ETIAS.

For this reason, it will be essential to use the same passport registered in the ETIAS online form to travel to Malta. If this passport has been lost, stolen, or damaged, the traveler will have to re-register with the replacement document.

current email address must be provided when registering with ETIAS. Confirmation of the approved travel authorization will be delivered by email to this account. Applicants must also cover a small processing fee for the ETIAS for Malta.

See below the list of nationalities that will have to apply for ETIAS to visit Malta.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

According to the visa policy of Malta and the wider Schengen Area, passport holders of around 150 different countries must apply for an embassy visa for Malta to visit the country for any purpose or length of time.

Maltese embassies and consulates are responsible for issuing different types of visa for Malta. Visas may be single, double, or multiple-entry.

These include tourist visas for Malta as well as transit visas, student visas, work visas, and residence permits.

The Malta tourist visa is the Schengen Visa, also referred to as a Short-stay “C” Visa. It permits the holder to stay up to 90 days within any 180-day period in Malta or any other Schengen country.

Malta’s immigration policy requires any traveler staying longer than 90 days to obtain a National Long-stay “D” Visa. Those seeking employment in the country must also obtain a work permit.

When applying for any type of embassy visa for Malta, foreign nationals should print and complete an application form and bring it along with the required supporting documentation (such as a passport) to the Visa Application Centre.

If Malta has no diplomatic representation that the traveler can reach, they can apply for a visa at the nearest EU diplomatic or consular post instead.

Find below the list of countries whose citizens require an embassy visa to visit Malta for any reason or period of time, including short visits for tourism.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mayotte
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Visa Not Required for Malta

At present, Malta’s immigration requirements permit citizens of over 90 different countries to cross its borders without a visa.

Nationals of all 26 Schengen member states can currently enter Malta by simply presenting a valid National ID Card or passport when boarding a flight to the island.

Citizens of EU countries that are not part of Schengen can also travel to Malta without a visa, but must present their passport on arrival. The same is currently true of British citizens, although this may change following the UK’s exit from the EU.

EU and Schengen nationals also have the right to live and work in Malta visa-free.

There are also over 60 other countries whose citizens currently enjoy visa exemption for Malta.

According to Malta’s visa policy, travelers who hold passports issued by one of these states may stay for up to 90 days within any 180-day period for tourism or business purposes. They may also transit through Malta visa-free.

Starting in 2023, visitors from these countries will have to register with ETIAS to be able to enter Malta without a visa.

Consult the list of visa-exempt countries below to find out if your nationality does not need a visa for Malta.

Visa Not Required for Malta: Country list

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

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