Malta Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU See below No No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

EU nationals: You are not required to show a passport or national ID card when entering Malta. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your passport or ID card to prove your identity.

Non-EU nationals: To enter Malta, you must have a valid passport issued within the past ten years and with at least six months left is required, along with a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of stay.

Malta is a Schengen country, but beware that EU members such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Visas

EU nationals: You don't need a visa for Malta if the stay is less than 90 days. Those who plan to stay longer, please see the section Temporary Residence below.

Non-EU nationals mentioned in the chart above: Americans, Australians, British and Canadians can travel to Malta, and any other Schengen countries, without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events. For other purposes, you need to check with the embassy, high commission or consulate of Malta in your home country on what type of visa and/or work permit you may need.

The complete list of countries and territories whose nationals can visit Malta and any other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period are as follows: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

* For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine citizens: visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

* For Taiwanese: visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

* Nationals from micro-states within an EU country (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) are also exempted.

For nationals from countries not listed here, please contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Malta.

Visa note

For more information about Schengen visas, follow the link to the article A guide to Schengen visas.

By the end of 2022, all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit the Schengen countries will need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation. For more information, follow the link to the article Applying for ETIAS.

Types and cost

Schengen visa €80 for those who are above 12 years old, €40 for children aged six to 12, and free for children below six.

Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

In addition, the visa fee is waived for the following applicants:
• School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training.
• Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research.
• Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
• Family members of EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizens, falling under Directive 2004/38.

Validity

Up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen countries, whereas citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen countries. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with a consulate of Malta near you.

Application to

Contact the embassy, high commission or consulate.

Schengen visas

Malta is a Schengen country, so the Schengen visa scheme applies.

Temporary residence

EU nationals: Will a residence permit in Malta for more than 90 days, provided that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and your family members (if applicable) without relying on public funds, among other conditions.

Non-EU nationals: Will need a visa to stay in Malta for more than 90 days.

Working days

Schengen visa applications usually take 15 calendar days, but sometimes up to 45 days. Be mindful of the national holidays in Malta as they may affect the processing time. It is recommended to submit applications at least four weeks prior to departure.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

If you and your pet are from an EU country:
• An ISO identification with a 15-digit microchip, or clearly readable tattoo.
• The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccine at 12 weeks of age. Also, 21 days have to pass from the date of the rabies vaccination.
• A valid EU passport.
• Dogs must have tapeworm treatment between 24 to 120 hours prior to entering Malta. But dogs moving directly between Norway, Finland, Ireland, or the United Kingdom to Malta are exempted from the treatment against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.
• Submit an online notification to nldmalta.gov.mt/MaltaPetArrivals.

If you and your pet are from a country outside of the EU:
• An ISO identification with a 15-digit microchip, or clearly readable tattoo.
• The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccine at 12 weeks of age - it will also need a blood test if you are travelling from an 'unlisted country' listed below. The test must be carried out on a sample collected by an authorised veterinarian at least 30 days after the date of vaccination and not less than three months before the date of movement, the test must measure a level of neutralising antibody to rabies virus in serum equal to or greater than 0,5 IU/ml, the test must be performed in an approved laboratory.
• An Official Health Certificate issued by the country of departure either 'listed' or 'unlisted country'.
• Dogs must have tapeworm treatment between 24 to 120 hours prior to entering Malta.
• Submit an online notification to https://nldmalta.gov.mt/MaltaPetArrivals.

The listed countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba), Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Saint Maarten, Singapore, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Taiwan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Unlisted countries refer to countries not mentioned in the list above.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Malta
Telephone: +356 2323 0000 Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-malta Opening times: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 0900-1300
Malta High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7292 4800. Website: http://www.foreign.gov.mt Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230 and 1430-1600.
Embassy of Malta in the USA
Telephone: (202) 462 3611. Website: http://www.foreign.gov.mt Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

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