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Travel Advisory July 26, 2023

Malta - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise normal precautions in Malta.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Malta.

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  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .

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Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area .

One page required for entry stamp.

Not required for stays less than 90 days.

Reciprocal to country of origin.

10,000 euros or equivalent.

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U.s. embassy malta.

Ta'Qali National Park Street Attard ATD 4000 Malta Telephone: +(356) 2561-4000 Email:  [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Malta’s website for the most current visa information.

Malta is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Malta for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure date. You need proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket for entry. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see  Traveling in Europe .

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Malta.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Malta’s open borders with members of the Schengen zone allow the possibility of individual terrorists entering/exiting the country undetected.

CRIME: The most commonly reported crimes are simple assault , pick-pocketing , and petty theft . While armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides are not as common as in some major U.S. cities, they do occur. Criminals focus on areas and establishments frequented by tourists.

  • Secure your valuables, and be aware of pick-pockets and purse snatchers.
  • Theft of unattended property is a very common problem.

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Nightclubs: You should be careful in the Paceville nightclub area, where excessive drinking, large crowds, and interaction with heavy-handed bouncers can lead to violence , including some that appears to be racially-motivated . Criminals have drugged some travelers at bars and robbed and assaulted them.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+356) 2561-4000.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence should contact the Embassy for assistance.

Malta’s crime victim assistance agency, Appogg , can be reached by calling its support line (dial 179) or by visiting its website .

The local equivalent to the 911 emergency line in Malta is 112 .

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not occur on a regular basis.  Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities.  First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities to provide urgent medical treatment.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance .  

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution .

  • Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Malta are severe .
  • Malta’s laws on the rights of arrestees are different from the United States. For example, once you have contacted a lawyer, you lose your right to remain silent.

Judicial Proceedings for Criminal Offenses in Malta: Trials typically last five to seven years and are characterized by lengthy and sometimes unpredictable delays between hearings. Foreign nationals can expect to be denied bail while a court case is ongoing, which can result in lengthy periods of pre-trial detention ranging from several months to several years. Obtaining no-fee legal aid can be a slow and difficult process, delaying already lengthy judicial proceedings.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Customs and Currency Restrictions: Malta customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning currency restrictions and temporary importation into or export from Malta of items such as firearms , antiquities , or any item that might be deemed to have resale value. It is advisable to contact the Maltese Embassy in Washington, D.C. for specific information regarding customs requirements.

  • Malta’s customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. The U.S. Council for International Business issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI RIGHTS: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Malta.

See the LGBTI Travel Information page and Section 6 of the State Department’s Human Rights Report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Very few public or private spaces in Malta are wheelchair accessible. Public transportation and most sidewalks or footpaths, including road crossings, are not accessible for those with mobility challenges. Many apartments lack elevators.

  • Taxis are readily available, but the cost is substantially higher than public buses.

Students: See the students abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: See travel tips for women travelers .

Medical care is available from private and government clinics and hospitals. The quality of medical care in Malta is at U.S. standards; however, customer service standards are lower, there are cultural differences with regard to communication, and there may be long waiting times for non-urgent medical care . Medical specialists are few. Private hospitals generally offer better customer service, shorter wait times, and more amenities. Mater Dei is Malta’s main government hospital. Though it offers full service, including a modern emergency room and trauma facilities, it can be crowded and difficult to navigate.

The U.S. Government does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas . Most overseas care providers only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance coverage overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication , check with the Government of Malta and its Medicines Authority to ensure the medication is legal in Malta . Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: Maltese drivers may drive more aggressively and with less caution than visitors anticipate. Roads flood easily and are often narrow, winding and congested, with poor visibility around curves.

  • In Malta, automobiles drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Buses are the primary means of public transportation.
  • Taxis are safe but expensive and are not metered . Agree on the charge with the driver in advance .

Please see our road safety page for more information. Visit the website of Malta’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Malta’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Malta’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Malta should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Web Portal . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and as a broadcast warning on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website . 

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
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Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  Malta . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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On your arrival in Malta you may be subject to passport control depending on whether you are flying in from a Schengen country or not.

Arriving in Malta from a non-Schengen country?  Click Here .

What is Schengen?

Schengen is an agreement among European states that ensures free movement for passengers from countries associated with this judicial area. In practice, this means that people flying between Schengen countries can travel without presenting their passports. Passport control still applies to arrivals in Malta from non-Schengen states or those travelling between non-Schengen areas.

Although personal checks are not carried out at Schengen internal border crossings, it is still necessary for European Union citizens (including Estonians) to carry a passport or identity card (ID-card). Authorities (police, immigration officials, etc.) in Schengen states, such as Malta, do have the right to check identifying documents if necessary.

Find out more about the Schengen Judicial Area here .

When did Malta Become a Schengen State?

Malta and other new European Union members (Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia) joined the Schengen judicial area on 21 December 2007. Malta’s air borders subsequently opened a year later on 30 th March 2008. As a result, arrivals to Malta are not checked at our land, sea, and air boundaries.

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Non-Schengen

Third country nationals may enter Malta if they satisfy the airport criteria listed below. Not sure what this term means? Put simply, it describes people who are in transit and/or applying for a visa from a country that isn’t their country of origin.

Admission to Malta, through the external borders of the Schengen area, is only permitted to third-country nationals who:

  • are in possession of a valid travel document ( passport* ) or recognised equivalent permitting them to cross the border;
  • are in possession of documents substantiating the purpose and the conditions of the planned arrival to Malta and have sufficient means of support, both for the period of the planned visit and return to their country of origin (or to travel in transit to another third state);
  • are in possession of valid entry or transit visa if required;
  • have not been prohibited to enter through an alert on the Schengen Information System; and
  • are not considered to be a threat to public policy, national security or the international relations of any other Schengen State, under Maltese law or the law of another Schengen State.

*If you are a non-EU passport holder travelling to a Malta, which is a Schengen member country, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least three months from your date of departure from Malta, unless you have a Schengen-issued residence permit or long-term visa.

If any one of the above conditions are not met, the third-country national may be denied entry by the border authorities even if in possession of a valid entry or transit visa.

The rights of non-EU nationals legally residing in the territory of a Member State to travel within the European Union are also outlined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The charter asserts the right of every European citizen to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States. Such rights may be granted to third-country nationals.

Nationals of certain third countries may enter the Schengen area upon presenting their passports, provided they fulfil the entry conditions specified above. Nationals of certain third-countries are also required to have a visa.

More information regarding visas is available on the Identity Malta website .

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Travel information for Malta including COVID-19 information 2023

Last Update: 22 August 2022

Malta has been a member of the EU and in the Schengen area since 2004. Citizens of Schengen Area countries travel to Malta without visas or permits. As of July 25, Malta lifted all COVID-19 entry restrictions. Malta’s government significantly reduced numbers of infected individuals with restrictive implementation and a six-week lockdown in 2021. In addition, Malta continues to insist on efficient contact tracing through the EU dPLF. As of April 2021, Malta is one of the safest countries to travel to in Europe. Entry into Malta is therefore possible. Air traffic to Malta has been reopened since 1.7.2020. We give you the most important travel information and rules for traveling to Malta.

Entry requirements Malta – presentation of the following documents and registrations

What does the consent form for minors contain.

  • Personal details of the minor
  • personal data and contact details of the legal guardian(s)
  • Personal details of any accompanying adult(s)
  • Signatures of the legal guardians

What kind of temporary identity documents does Malta accept?

Which proof of vaccination is required for entry to malta, is the digital eu passenger locator form (eu dplf) required.

Europaische digitale Passagier Lokalisierungs Formulare dPLF

What is the EU digital COVID-19 certificate?

  • have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and / or
  • tested negative for Corona and / or
  • have recovered from Corona,
  • digital and/or paper format,
  • with QR code,
  • free of charge,
  • in the national language and in English,
  • valid in all EU countries.

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Is a holiday possible in Malta, Comino and Gozo?

Is it compulsory to wear a mask in malta, what do you need to know before going to malta, visitors from the united kingdom, returning to the uk, entry from the countries of the schengen area, entering malta with a dog or cat, arrival at malta airport is as follows.

  • A bus will take you from the aircraft to the terminal.
  • A thermal imaging camera measures your body temperature.
  • If you are travelling with more than hand luggage, you collect your extra baggage.
  • Depending on the number of passengers, up to 25 counters are open at the exit.
  • There, arriving passengers will have their vaccination certificate and passenger localisation form checked. Unvaccinated persons submit the documents entitling them to enter Malta.
  • After a positive check of the documents, you can leave Malta International Airport.

The contact details for the Malta Health Department are:

Contact and direct information from malta international airport:.

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What regulations apply in Malta at least until 11.04.2021?

  • No organized outdoor sports allowed
  • Restaurants are closed; hotel services are prohibited; room service and “take-away” or “to go” may be offered
  • Grocery shops, supermarkets, and pharmacies are open.
  • Public facilities such as gyms, cinemas, theatres, and museums are closed. Schools and language schools are closed. Some language schools offer online lessons.
  • Crossings to Gozo prohibited without good reason.
  • The maximum number of people in public is limited to four people
  • Weddings and religious ceremonies are prohibited, funerals may take place subject to security protocol.
  • Mandatory masks alternatively visors in all public areas, beach, shops, public transport as well as in the workplace.

Why is Malta considered a high risk area for Germany until 10.4.2021?

Due to the travel warning for malta, the return journey becomes difficult.

  • a negative PCR test result
  • or a 14-day-old vaccination certificate for the 2nd vaccination
  • or proof of recovery

This is Malta’s plan for reopening in 2021

  • lower and decreasing number of viral cases
  • decreasing hospital admissions
  • rising vaccination rates.

Timeline from Malta reopening plan status 19.07.2021

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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 three months left, along with a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of stay. Please note that the passport validity requirement may vary depending on one's nationality; hence it is recommended to travel with a passport with at least six months validity.

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

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 : 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, Kosovo, Macao, Malaysia, Marshal 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 and Venezuela.

• Hong Kong and Macao: holders of SAR passports do not need a visa. • Taiwan: holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number do not need a visa. • Serbia: holders of biometric passports do not need a visa, excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate. • Vanuatu: holders of passports issued on or after 25 May 2015 do not need a visa. • Nationals from micro-states within an EU country (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) also do not need a visa.

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

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

ETIAS travel authorisation : Starting in mid 2025, all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit 30 European countries will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorisation .

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.

Up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

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.

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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.

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For travelers from many countries, accessing Malta as a visitor is very straightforward, putting the sunshine and history within easy reach. If you are also traveling to other countries around Europe as well as Malta, just remember to not go over the maximum number of days allowed for your visit to the Schengen area . Here's what you need to know about visas for Malta.

Who can enter Malta without a visa?

All citizens of the European Union are entitled to enter Malta and travel freely with a national identity card, except for travelers from Ireland, who must use an Irish passport card. At present, travelers from 63 countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States can also enter Malta and other countries in the Schengen area visa-free.

Travelers from visa-free countries will need a valid passport. The passport's expiry date must be at least 90 days after your confirmed departure date from Malta, and passports cannot be more than ten years old.

Who needs a tourist visa to enter Malta?

Malta is part of the Schengen area , a grouping of 26 European nations that issue a common visa allowing travelers a maximum stay of 90 days during any 180-day period. This is valid for travel across the Schengen Area.

Travelers from countries who cannot enter Malta visa-free must apply for a Schengen tourist visa in advance of travel – details are on the government's Identity Malta website . Information required for the application includes dates and details of transport arrangements to enter and exit the Schengen zone, proof of accommodation, and proof of financial means of support. The cost for the application is €80 for adults and €45 for children.

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Extending a Schengen area visa

If you wish to stay in the Schengen area for longer than 90 days, it is possible to extend a Schengen visa, but extensions are granted rarely, and approval is usually only given for humanitarian reasons or because of force majeure (for example, a natural disaster in your home country). For longer stays in Malta specifically, you can apply for a National Visa – also known as a Long Stay or ‘D’ visa.

ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) rules for 2023

Under the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) – expected to go live from early 2023 – travelers from the 63 non-EU countries currently permitted visa-free entry to the Schengen area will need to complete an online application to confirm authorization to enter the Schengen zone.

There's a €7 fee and applications will take around ten minutes to complete online. Successful authorizations will be valid for three years, or for the remaining validity of the applicant's passport if it expires sooner. Note that a maximum stay in the Schengen area of 90 days across a 180-day period will still apply. 

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Post-Brexit travel from the UK to Malta

The UK departed from the European Union in 2020, but citizens of the UK are still permitted to enter the Schengen area without a visa, including to visit Malta. However, British travelers will need to complete an application via ETIAS once the system goes live.

What if I need to leave and re-enter the Schengen area?

Multiple-entry access to the Schengen area – enabling travelers to re-enter after exiting to non-Schengen countries – is usually granted automatically to visitors from the 63 visa-free countries. It's a convenient option for travelers from southern hemisphere countries such as Australia and New Zealand who also wish to visit popular non-Schengen zone destinations including the UK and Turkey.

When exiting and re-entering Malta and the Schengen zone, it's vital to still adhere to the maximum stay of 90 days across a 180-day period (this starts from the date you first enter the Schengen area).

COVID-19 rules for entry to Malta

As of May 9, 2022, wearing a mask in Malta is only mandatory on flights, or when visiting a hospital or care home for the elderly. While not mandatory, the Maltese government does still recommend masks are worn when attending large gatherings.

Travelers no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) but must present either a vaccine certificate, a negative PCR test, or a COVID recovery certificate upon arrival. See Malta's Health Ministry website for the latest on COVID-19 regulations.

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Malta Travel: Visa Rules and Required Documents Explained

Travelers visiting malta should be aware of the visa rules and necessary documents required for entry. some key documents include a valid passport, travel insurance, proof of accommodation, and return tickets. visa requirements depend on the traveler's nationality, so it is essential to check the specific requirements and apply in advance if necessary. by familiarizing oneself with these rules and documents, travelers can ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip to malta..

Malta Travel: Visa Rules and Required Documents Explained

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover Malta’s visa requirements and documentation: EU/EEA citizens need only a passport, while non-EU/EEA citizens may require a visa based on nationality and purpose of visit (Max 20 words, Visa requirements Malta).
  • Various visa options available for Malta: Short-Stay Schengen Visa (C Visa) for up to 90 days and National Long-Stay Visa (D Visa) for longer stays (Max 20 words, Malta visa types).
  • Required documents for Malta visa application: completed application form, valid passport, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, travel insurance , and more (Max 20 words, Documents for Malta visa application).

Understanding Malta’s Visa Requirements

Traveling to Malta can be an exciting adventure, but before you pack your bags, it’s essential to understand the visa requirements and necessary documentation. Whether you’re visiting for a holiday, for business, or to study, following these guidelines will ensure a smooth entry into this beautiful Mediterranean country.

Who Needs a Visa for Malta?

Malta is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen Area, which means that many travelers can enter without a visa for short stays. If you’re an EU/EEA citizen, you’ll only need a valid national ID card or passport for entry. For non-EU/EEA citizens, whether you need a visa depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit.

Travelers from countries with a visa liberalization agreement with the EU, like the United States, Canada, and Australia, do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, those from other countries will need a short-stay visa.

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Types of Visas for Malta

Malta offers various visas depending on the length and purpose of your stay:

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  • Short-Stay Schengen Visa (C Visa): This allows travel within Malta and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. It’s suitable for tourism, business visits, or family visits.
  • National Long-Stay Visa (D Visa): For stays longer than 90 days, such as for work or study, you’ll need a long-stay visa specific to Malta.

Necessary Documentation for Malta’s Visa Application

If you do need a visa for Malta, be prepared to collect several important documents:

  • A completed and signed visa application form
  • A valid passport or travel document (valid for at least three months beyond your stay)
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • Travel itinerary information, including round-trip reservations
  • Proof of accommodation, such as a hotel booking or invitation letter from a host
  • Travel insurance covering at least €30,000 within Malta and the entire Schengen area
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of the stay
  • Visa application fee receipt

For those traveling for specific reasons like work, study, or to join family members, additional documents will be required accordingly, such as an employment contract, enrollment confirmation from an educational institution, or proof of familial relations.

Applying for a Malta Visa

Visa applications for Malta are typically submitted through the nearest Maltese consulate or embassy or through a visa application center if there’s no Maltese diplomatic mission in your country. Note that the application process and requirements can vary slightly depending on the consulate, so it’s essential to check the specific requirements for your country.

Traveling to Malta Post-Brexit

Following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit), UK nationals are treated as third-country nationals. This means that for stays longer than 90 days within a 180-day period, a visa may be required.

Critical Tips for a Hassle-Free Visit

  • Always check the expiry date of your travel documents before planning a trip.
  • Make copies of all your documents in case of loss or theft during your travels.
  • Familiarize yourself with Malta’s customs regulations to avoid any misunderstanding at the border.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding visas and entry requirements for Malta, I recommend visiting the official website of Malta’s Immigration authority or contacting the nearest embassy or consulate.

Malta awaits with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm climate. As long as you prepare and understand the entry rules and regulations, your visit should be nothing short of extraordinary.

Remember, visa regulations and requirements can change, so always check the latest information before traveling.

So, whether you’re dreaming of exploring ancient ruins or soaking up the sun on Malta’s beautiful beaches, understanding the visa requirements is a must. But hey, don’t worry! Jump on over to visaverge.com for more helpful info on Malta’s visas and other exciting travel tidbits. Happy adventuring, my tech-savvy amigos!

FAQ’s to know:

FAQ 1: Who needs a visa for Malta?

Answer: Most EU/EEA citizens can enter Malta with a valid national ID card or passport. For non-EU/EEA citizens, the need for a visa depends on nationality and the purpose of the visit. Travelers from the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries with a visa liberalization agreement with the EU can stay up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. However, those from other countries will require a short-stay visa.

FAQ 2: What are the types of visas available for Malta?

Answer: Malta offers two main types of visas based on the duration and purpose of stay. The Short-Stay Schengen Visa (C Visa) allows for up to 90 days of travel within Malta and other Schengen countries, suitable for tourism, business, and family visits. The National Long-Stay Visa (D Visa) is required for stays longer than 90 days, such as for work or study, and is specific to Malta.

FAQ 3: What documents do I need for a Malta visa application?

Answer: When applying for a Malta visa, certain essential documents are required. These include a completed visa application form, a valid passport or travel document (with at least three months’ validity beyond the stay), two recent passport-sized photos, travel itinerary information, proof of accommodation, travel insurance with coverage of at least €30,000, proof of sufficient financial means, and the visa application fee receipt. Additional documents may be needed based on the purpose of the visit, such as an employment contract, enrollment confirmation, or proof of familial relations.

What did you learn? Answer below to know:

  • True or False: EU/EEA citizens can enter Malta without a visa if they have a valid national ID card or passport.
  • Which visa is suitable for tourism, business visits, or family visits in Malta? a) National Long-Stay Visa (D Visa) b) Short-Stay Schengen Visa (C Visa) c) Work Visa d) Student Visa
  • What is a crucial document required for Malta visa application? a) Employment contract b) Proof of accommodation c) Enrollment confirmation from an educational institution d) Copy of a travel document

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Find out what tests you need to take, which forms you need to fill in and whether you need to be vaccinated to go on holiday in malta.

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W ith its middle-of-the-Mediterranean location, Malta has always been a reliable remedy for the sun-starved. A rugged landscape gives way to a coast riddled with blue grottoes, secluded coves and harbours filled with colourful fishing boats — and the epic history of this archipelago of three islands has bestowed it with proud palaces, churches and fortresses, not to mention a culture with Arabic, Italian and British quirks. As well as Malta proper, you’ll want to take the ferry over to neighbouring Gozo to get a fuller feel of the country.

But how easy is it to go to Malta right now? Here’s everything you need to know on testing, passenger locator forms and entry requirements.

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What are Malta’s travel restrictions?

Malta will allow unvaccinated visitors from the UK from April 11. They will need to have evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a recovery certificate no older than 180 days.

Those aged 5-11 can travel with vaccinated adults if they present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Children under five do not need a test. Everyone must complete the EU Digital Passenger form . For more on travelling to and from Malta, see here .

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Last updated: March 13, 2024 14:07 ET

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Petty crime

Petty crime, such as purse snatching and pickpocketing, occurs. Thieves could target tourists, particularly in crowded public areas such as:

  • markets, particularly those of Valletta and Marsaxlokk
  • public transportation hubs and facilities, particularly the main bus routes between Valletta Paceville, San Ġiljan and Sliema (lines 13, 14, 15, 16)
  • hotel lobbies
  • bars and nightclub areas of Paceville, San Ġiljan and Sliema
  • restaurants, patios and outdoor cafés
  • tourist sites and attractions

While travelling:

  • ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • don’t keep your passport and other types of ID at the same place and carry a photocopy rather than the original
  • at the beach, bring only the essentials and keep valuables out of sight
  • avoid carrying large sums of cash or unnecessary valuables
  • don’t leave any luggage or valuables in the vehicle, even in the trunk
  • pay attention to your surroundings, particularly in crowded and tourist areas
  • be wary of unsolicited offers or advice from strangers

Violent crime

Although violent crime is rare, physical attacks, including sexual assault and rape, do occur.

Be particularly vigilant in nightlife areas such as Paceville, where excessive alcohol consumption and large crowds can sometimes lead to disagreements and confrontations.

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Credit card and ATM fraud

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. When using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when others are handling your cards
  • use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Cybercrime occurs. Criminals may compromise public Wi-Fi networks to steal credit card or personal information.

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks
  • Avoid making purchases on unsecured websites
  • Use sound judgment when posting information on social media
  • Be particularly vigilant when contacting or meeting individuals known over the internet
  • Never click on suspicious links asking for your banking information in an email or text message

Rentals agencies

There are reports of apartment rental scams and difficulties when seeking reimbursement for a security deposit. When dealing with apartment or car rental agencies:

  • only rent from reputable companies
  • read the rental contract thoroughly
  • request an inventory of the furniture
  • take photos as proof of pre-existing damage and ensure they are mentioned on the contract
  • avoid providing full prepayment

Overseas fraud

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant during:

  • sporting events
  • religious holidays
  • public celebrations
  • major political events, such as elections

Terrorists may use such occasions to mount attacks.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations take place regularly, particularly in Valletta.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Water activities

Many beaches in Malta are supervised and enforce excellent safety procedures.

The main warning flags used in Malta are:

  • Green: calm waters, you can swim
  • Yellow: agitated waters, swim with caution
  • Red: dangerous waters, don’t swim
  • Blue/violet: contaminated waters or presence of dangerous species, don’t swim

Tidal changes and strong winds can cause hazardous currents and riptides.

Coral, urchin, jellyfish and other aquatic life found along the coasts can poison, sting or cause infection if touched or stepped on.

  • Always obey warning flags at beaches
  • Ask local authorities about the presence of dangerous species and immediately seek medical assistance if you get hurt
  • Wear reef shoes to protect yourself against stone and coral cuts or urchin stings
  • Keep a safe distance from boats and restricted areas
  • Avoid visiting beaches or coastal areas during periods of severe weather warnings
  • Look out for signs warning of cliff erosion and falling rocks
  • Don’t dive into unknown waters, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death
  • Exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities

Recreational boating

If you are planning to go boating:

  • know the capacity of your boat
  • know and respect the navigation rules
  • follow safe practices for all activities on the water
  • keep a safe distance from areas reserved for certain activities such as snorkeling
  • carry a marine radio that will generate your position in case of emergency
  • be prepared for emergencies

Water safety abroad

Hunting season

Specific dates for the hunting season are determined by the government in the lead-up to the season. It generally runs from the spring until the fall.

If you travel to rural areas during this period:

  • make yourself aware of hunting areas
  • remain in designated camping areas
  • don't wander onto private property where hunting is legally permitted

Road safety

Traffic drives on the left.

Road conditions vary across the country. Narrow, winding, congested and sometimes poorly maintained roads may pose hazards. Heavy rains regularly cause flash-flooding.

Drivers may not respect traffic laws or follow safe driving practices. They may not always yield to pedestrians or bicycles. While illegal, double parking is common.

Public transportation

A bus system connects the main cities. Buses are reliable but are sometimes overcrowded, particularly during summer months. You can use the Tallinja official app to confirm the routes and schedules.

There are ferries connecting:

  • Cirkewwa and the island of Gozo
  • Valletta and Sliema
  • Valletta and Cospicua
  • Valletta and the island of Gozo
  • Valletta and Pozzallo, Sicily, Italy

Weather conditions can lead to cancellations or delays, particularly on ferry lines to and from Gozo.

  • Pay attention to pre-departure notices from your carrier
  • Always reconfirm departure schedule before heading to the port

Taxis are generally safe and widely available. Ridesharing services are also available.

Taxi fares are regulated and mandatory. They may be prepaid at authorized taxi booths or calculated using a taxi meter.

Useful links

  • Schedules and routes - Malta public transport
  • Tallinja app - Malta public transport
  • Gozo channel ferry - Gozo Channel
  • Taxis and Electric Mini Cabs - Transport Malta

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Maltese authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

  • Schengen area

Malta is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.

If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Business visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Student visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period

Visa and immigration services - Identity Malta

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Health services are excellent.

Payment, even for emergency services, may be requested in advance when private insurance cannot be confirmed.

In the event of a major accident or illness, medical evacuation to another European country may be necessary if the treatment required is not offered in Malta.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Judicial proceedings

Judicial proceedings are usually lengthy in Malta due to long pretrial investigative periods. If you are involved in judicial proceedings in Malta, be aware that:

  • you may be subject to lengthy detention periods before your trial
  • you may be denied bail
  • obtaining free legal aid can be complex and slow down the process
  • unpredictable delays may occur before trial and between hearings

Things to Know About Justice in Malta - Ministry for Justice

Transfer to a Canadian prison

Canada and Malta are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Malta to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Malta authorities.

This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Identification

Authorities may request to see your ID at any time.

  • Carry valid identification or a photocopy of it at all times
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in case it’s lost or seized

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Malta.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Malta, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Malta.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Malta, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Maltese court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Malta to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

Recreational and commercial flying of drones is regulated.

You must register your drone to use it in the European Union. If you don’t comply, you may be fined and your drone confiscated.

  • Civil drones - European Union Aviation Safety Agency
  • Use of drones - Transport Malta

Beach etiquette

Certain activities, items and behaviours are prohibited on Malta’s beaches. Make sure you are aware of the regulations.

If you fail to comply, you may be fined.

Code of Conduct for Malta’s Beaches - VisitMalta

You may drive up to one year with a valid Canadian driver’s licence. However, you should still carry an international driving permit.

  • The Highway Code of Malta - Government of Malta
  • More about driving in Malta  - European Commission
  • More about the International Driving Permit

The currency of Malta is the euro (EUR).

If you are carrying €10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs when you enter or leave the European Union. It includes sums in:

  • banknotes and coins
  • bearer negotiable instruments such as cheques, travellers’ cheques, promissory notes and money orders
  • bonds, shares
  • gold coins with a gold content of at least 90 %
  • gold bars, nuggets or clumps with a gold content of at least 99.5 %
  • any other convertible asset

This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.

EU cash controls - European Commission

Flooding and landslides

Heavy rains and seasonal storms can cause severe flooding and landslides. Roads may become impassable and infrastructure damaged.

  • Stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • Follow the advice of local authorities, including evacuation orders
  • Weather alerts - Malta international airport
  • Civil protection department - Government of Malta

Earthquakes

Malta is located in an active seismic zone. However, earthquakes are rare.

Earthquakes - What to Do?

Local services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

Albania, Malta, San Marino

For emergency consular assistance, call the consulate of Canada in Malta, in Valletta, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Can I travel to Malta? Rules and restrictions explained

By Abigail Malbon

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What do the travel rules mean when going to Malta from the UK, and is Malta open to visitors? Here’s what we know.

What are the travel restrictions when returning from Malta?

Since March 2022, Brits returning to England do not need to take any tests, quarantine or fill out a passenger locator form , regardless of vaccination status. There are no legal Covid-related requirements concerning international travel to Wales, although the government still advises would-be travellers to remain cautious, taking a lateral flow test before visiting vulnerable family members or if they feel unwell. 

Scotland and Northern Ireland's travel rules for people arriving from abroad also ended at 4am on Friday 18 March 2022. 

What are the entry requirements for Malta?

UK citizens and residents over 12 should present proof of full vaccination to enter the country. Travellers must have received their second vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Malta. The NHS Covid Pass letter or the digital app version is accepted as proof. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have had the primary schedule of jabs, with the most recent dose administered in the past three months, or had a primary schedule plus a booster which was administered in the past nine months.

Children between the ages of five and 11 can travel while accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or legal guardians. Children must show evidence of a negative PCR test, dated within 72 hours before arrival. Children under five do not need a test. 

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Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to provide evidence of a PCR test dated within 72 hours before arrival, and quarantine for 14 days on arrival at an officially-designated quarantine hotel.

Since May 2022, visitors have not been required to fill out Malta's equivalent of a passenger locator form ahead of entering the country, and travellers will not be required to wear a face mask when accessing the majority of public places and events.

Remember: things could potentially change quickly if Covid cases rise in Malta. For now, if you're planning a trip, we recommend booking with a flexible policy and investing in travel insurance with Covid cover for extra peace of mind.

Where to go : Valletta is home to some of the most in-demand hotels in Europe. Options include the newly opened Iniala Harbour House , created from four historic townhouses overlooking the Grand Harbour, and the equally grand Cugó Gran Macina , whose rooftop swimming pool has spectacular views over the ancient city. Alternatively, stay in one of the smaller hotels on St Ursula Street in Valletta's old town, such as Palazzo Consiglia.

What to do : After months without travel, you might just want to soak up the feeling of being on a warm beach again, and Malta is an ideal place to simply stretch out on the sand. Alternatively, see below for 10 more editors' tips on what to do in the country.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 112 or go to the hospital.

Call 112 or go to the nearest police station.

Advice levels

  • Bag-snatching, pickpocketing and other petty crimes occur. Be careful at ATMs, on buses and at popular tourist spots.
  • It can get rowdy around nightclubs. Stay with people you trust. Avoid confrontations.
  • Always be alert to terrorism. Terrorists have targeted European cities, including transport hubs and places visited by travellers. Take official warnings seriously.

Full travel advice: Safety

  • Traffic congestion and dust storms from North Africa can cause bad pollution and might lead to breathing problems. Follow the advice from local authorities.
  • Medical care and health facilities are good in Malta. Face masks are still required in clinical areas in medical and care facilities.
  • Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Malta for stays up to 6 months, meaning you can get treated in public medical facilities under Medicare arrangements. You still need travel insurance.

Full travel advice: Health

  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties are severe.
  • Malta recognises dual nationals. Dual citizens don't have to do military service.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • Malta is a part of the  Schengen area , meaning you can enter Malta without a visa in some circumstances. In other circumstances, you'll need a visa.
  • Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the  High Commission of Malta  for details about visas, currency, and customs.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The Consular Services Charter details what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
  • For consular help, contact the Australian High Commission in Malta.
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the High Commission’s social media accounts.

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

Bag-snatching, pickpocketing and other petty crimes occur in Malta.

Crime happens in areas visited by travellers, including:

  • rented apartments

Thieves target people using ATMs. Theft from parked cars and buses can occur.

To stay safe from petty crime:

  • pay close attention to your belongings, particularly in crowded areas and on buses
  • use ATMs in shops and shopping centres where possible.
  • keep luggage and personal possessions out of sight in parked cars

Poor crowd control and excessive drinking in and around nightclubs can lead to violence.

To stay safe in and around nightclubs:

  • stay with people you trust in bars and nightclubs
  • avoid confrontations
  • never accept food or drinks from strangers
  • never leave your drink unattended, as drink spiking does occur

More information:

  • Partying safely

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

More information: 

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas

While there haven't been any recent terrorist attacks in Malta, they can still happen.

Terrorists have attacked European cities in recent years.

European security services have also stopped planned terrorist attacks.

Terrorist targets have included:

  • public transport
  • transport hubs
  • places visited by travellers

To stay safe from terrorism:

  • be alert in public places
  • be careful when visiting possible terrorist targets, such as tourist attractions
  • check the news for new threats
  • take official warnings seriously
  • follow the instructions of local authorities

Report any suspicious activity or items to police (112).

If there's an attack, leave the affected area immediately if it's safe to do so.

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Civil unrest and political tension

Demonstrations in Malta are rare but can occur in response to political developments.

Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.

To stay safe, avoid:

  • demonstrations

Monitor the media and other sources for possible unrest.

Follow the advice of local authorities.

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Climate and natural disasters

Severe weather can affect your travel plans.

Monitor local media for updates.

If you plan to visit an area affected by severe weather:

  • confirm your plans with your tour operator or travel provider
  • check the condition of your facilities with your local tour operator

Register with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to receive alerts on major disasters.

Travel Insurance

Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away.

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Medications

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Malta. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Health risks

Various factors, including traffic congestion, fireworks residue, construction and dust storms from North Africa can cause high pollution levels. This increases the risk of breathing problems. If you have a heart or lung condition, you may be affected.

To protect yourself from air pollution:

  • seek medical advice
  • follow advice from local authorities about reducing exposure
  • check an air quality index

Medical care

Medical facilities.

The standard of medical facilities and care in Malta is generally good but can be expensive.

However, if you become seriously ill or injured, you may need to be evacuated to the United Kingdom or another European country for treatment.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive. 

There are decompression chambers at Mater Dei Hospital and Gozo General Hospital.

Contraceptives are available on prescription.

The morning-after pill is not readily available.

Abortion is illegal in Malta except where a woman’s life is at immediate risk, or her health is in grave jeopardy, which can lead to death. 

Face masks are required in clinical areas of health and care facilities.

Reciprocal health care agreement

Malta and Australia have a  Reciprocal Health Care Agreement .

The agreement covers you for up to 6 months after arriving in Malta.

It gives you access to government medical facilities and care but doesn't provide for ongoing treatment of existing health conditions. The agreement does not cover treatment in private health facilities.

The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement does not replace the need for private travel insurance with good medical cover.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Carrying or using drugs

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

Malta recognises dual nationality.

There are no military or civil service obligations for dual citizens.

Dual nationals

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Malta is a part of the  Schengen area .

You can enter Malta without a visa in some circumstances. In other circumstances, you'll need a visa.

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the  High Commission of Malta  for details about visas, currency and customs.

Review  entry requirements to the EU and Schengen Area , as they can change frequently.

  • Identity Malta

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with 'X’ gender identifier

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing an 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the  nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTI travellers

The official currency of Malta is the Euro.

You need to declare if you are travelling with 10,000 euros or more if you're entering, transiting or exiting Malta. This covers all forms of currency.

If you don't declare your money, or give incorrect information, you'll be fined.

Local travel

Hunting season.

Hunting with firearms is common in rural Malta.

Hunting areas are rarely marked and can overlap with:

  • camping areas
  • country walkways
  • other public areas

The spring hunting season is in April. The government announces the exact dates in March each year.

The autumn hunting season usually runs from 1 September to 31 January.

During hunting season, hunting is allowed during set times of the day, which can change yearly. However, hunting may occur outside these times and in undesignated locations.

To stay safe if you visit a rural area during a hunting season:

  • be alert to the presence of hunters
  • seek local advice on how to avoid incidents

Road travel

Road travel is hazardous because of poor local driving standards and road conditions.

Locals regularly don't use indicators and often ignore road markings, pedestrian crossings, and stop or giveaway signs.

Roads can be:

  • susceptible to flash flooding in heavy rain

Many roads don't have footpaths.

  • Driving or riding

Traffic accidents

If you're involved in a minor rear-end collision, and no one is injured, you don't need to contact the police or local wardens.

If you're involved in any other accident, you must contact the local wardens: (+356) 2132 0202.

Don't move your vehicle until wardens have recorded the details of the accident.

If you're involved in a traffic accident that causes injury, you must contact the police at (+356) 2122 4001 or call them on 112.

  • Transport Malta
  • Maltese traffic

Driving permit

You don't need an International Driving Permit. You can use your Australian driver's licence to drive in Malta for one year from your arrival.

If you plan to live in Malta, you can exchange your Australian licence for a Maltese licence.

Motorcycles

Check with your travel insurer to see whether your policy covers you when riding a motorbike, quad bike, or similar vehicle.

Always wear a helmet.

There are several taxi (or equivalent) services in Malta.

Taxis from the airport are regulated and have set prices. However, white taxis at taxi stands often don't use the meter and can be quite expensive. You'll need to request the driver turn on the meter or agree on the fare in advance.

Some taxi companies can be booked via an app, which guarantees the upfront cost. There are times when the fares will differ if the drive takes considerably longer due to heavy traffic. Taxis don't have credit card facilities. However, you can pay either cash or via credit card through the app when booking. Uber, Bolt and eCabs are the primary providers and are quick and cost-effective.

The public bus system that services main cities is generally reliable.

Some routes may be very crowded, and some buses aren't able to pick up passengers at all stops.

Pickpocketing can occur on buses, particularly on popular tourist routes.

All buses in Malta are free if you have the Tallinja card, which can be purchased from various outlets throughout Malta and Gozo. The Tallinja smartphone app provides GPS tracking and information on bus timetables and routes.

Malta is a common destination for cruise ships.

  • Going on a cruise

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Malta's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Call 112 or go to the hospital (Mater Dei in Msida or Victoria Hospital, Gozo) .

Always get a police report when reporting a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

For consular assistance, contact the Australian High Commission in Malta.

Australian High Commission, Malta

Ta' Xbiex Terrace Ta' Xbiex Telephone: (+356) 2133 8201 Email [email protected] Website: malta.highcommission.gov.au Facebook: Australian High Commission, Malta X: AusHCMalta

Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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Since Brexit , passport rules for UK visitors to the European Union (EU) have tightened up.

But many people may not be aware of the finer print, and some families are finding themselves thousands of pounds out of pocket when they have been banned from boarding flights due to the rule changes.

So what exactly are the rules for British travellers to the EU, and how can you avoid a passport disaster if you're jetting off for the Easter holidays?

How have the rules changed?

When the UK was a member of the EU, British passports remained valid up to and including their expiry date for travel to other EU countries.

But post-Brexit, British passport holders wishing to travel to EU countries in the Schengen Area are treated as non-EU nationals. This includes popular tourism destinations such as Portugal and Greece.

As such, they must meet two key requirements, as outlined on the EU's Your Europe website . If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport:

which is valid for at least three months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting;

which was issued within the previous 10 years.

This means you should really be looking at the date of issue when checking if you need to renew, as well as the expiry date.

It may appear that your passport is within date, but if it hasn't been issued in the past 10 years you could be stopped from boarding your plane or ferry.

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According to the government's website, for some Schengen countries, once the three-months-remaining rule is taken into account, a passport needs to have been issued no more than nine years and nine months ago.

What is the Schengen Area?

The border-free Schengen Area is made up of 27 countries and guarantees free movement to more than 400 million EU citizens, along with non-EU nationals living in the EU or visiting the EU as tourists.

It is comprised of most EU countries, except for Croatia, Cyprus, and Ireland. Bulgaria and Romania will be part of the Schengen Area as of March 31 2024. The non-EU countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the area.

Aren't all passports only valid for 10 years?

Until September 2018, the UK had a policy that meant you could claim credit on 'unspent' time when renewing your passport, so you could be issued with a passport that was valid for up to 10 years and nine months.

People who took advantage of this policy could now find themselves caught out.

Do the rules affect children's passports?

Passports for under-16s are usually valid for five years, so there should be no chance of breaching the 10-year rule.

But be careful of the three-months-remaining rule, which states your passport must be valid for at least three months after the date you plan to leave the country. Children's passports are more likely to get caught out by this rule as their passports don't last as long.

Am I covered if I get caught out?

Unfortunately, if you don't make sure your passport will be accepted before you travel, you are unlikely to get back any money you lose.

Rory Boland, Editor of Which? Travel, told ITV News: “There has been confusion over guidance for travel to the EU. Passports must be issued within 10 years of entry into your destination country and remain in date for at least three months after the day you plan to return to the UK.

“It is essential to ensure your passport is valid when you are due to travel and return home. Otherwise you risk losing the money for your flight or holiday as your provider will not refund you, and insurance will not cover you for the error.”

Do the rules apply anywhere else in the world?

These rules are specific to Schengen Area countries. If you are travelling to the rest of the world you should check the individual rules for entering those countries on the government website .

When should I renew my passport?

To be on the safe side, it's best to apply to renew your passport before it is nine years and nine months old.

You should allow up to 10 weeks to receive your passport, so you should apply for it at least 10 weeks before you're due to travel. The Passport Office say people usually get their passports within three weeks.

You can apply online (£82.50) or by post with a paper form (£93). Passport costs are set to increase by more than 7% in April, the Home Office announced this month.

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How many months do I need left on my UK passport before I travel?

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You might think that you can just hop on a plane with an in-date passport and travel the world. In fact, many countries demand that visitors have months left on their passport before it expires.

Some – including Australia , Canada and the US – only require your travel document to be in date for the duration of your trip.

But others give a more restrictive time frame, with no real pattern from region to region – while most of Asia requires six months on your passport, for example, different Caribbean islands demand different time frames.

In some destinations, you can also be caught out for not having enough space left in your passport for new immigration stamps.

Here are the key passport validity rules for British passports for the world’s top holiday destinations.

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Valid for the duration of your stay

These countries only ask that your passport is valid until the day you leave the country.

*While this is technically the rule for Canada, if you have six months or less on your passport, it may take longer for you to get through immigration.

Valid for one day

Costa Rica requires Britons to have one day’s validity from the day of their departure.

Valid for three months

All EU countries, plus those in the Schengen Area (excluding Ireland) require you to have three months left on your passport from the day you plan to leave. Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day you enter the country. This is true for the following countries:

  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

These non-European countries also require three months’ validity on your day of departure:

  • British Virgin Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea

Valid for six months

In most cases, this means valid for six months from the date you arrive in the country, but it’s worth checking the Foreign Office’s individual entry requirements for the country you’re visiting to make sure.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador (& Galapagos Islands)
  • Madagascar*
  • Philippines
  • South Africa*
  • United Arab Emirates

*South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya also require you to have two blank pages left in your passport; Namibia requires one blank page.

Valid for 180 days

India requires a more specific 180 days of validity from the date you arrive. It also asks visitors to have two blank pages available for their visa.

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The world's most powerful passports in 2024, ranked

Posted: March 27, 2024 | Last updated: March 27, 2024

<ul class="summary-list"> <li><a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport">The Henley Passport Index</a> ranks the most powerful passports in the world for visa-free travel.</li> <li>Japan ranked no. 1, with access to 193 countries. The US passport can access 186 countries.</li> <li>Passports from 16 other countries provide more global access than a US passport.</li> </ul><p>Thinking of visiting Bhutan, Australia, or Egypt this year with a US passport? Not so fast — or at least not before securing a visa. Some of the <a href="https://www.insider.com/best-places-to-travel-in-2023-around-the-world-2023-1">best places to travel to in 2023</a> require US citizens to obtain a visa before take-off, an inconvenience in planning that long-awaited international getaway.</p><p>US passport holders can access 186 countries globally without a visa, putting it in seventh place among world passports on the global mobility spectrum, according to the 2023 <a href="https://www.henleyglobal.com/passport-index/ranking">Henley Passport Index</a>.</p><p>The index is an annual ranking of passports based on how many countries their holders can access without a visa and is based on data from the International Air Transport Authority. </p><p>For the sixth year in a row, Japan came in the top spot with its passport that allows holders to travel to 193 countries without first securing a visa. Asian countries dominated the top of the list, with Singapore and South Korea tying for second place, as their passports let them access 192 countries sans visa. Germany and Spain followed with access to 190 countries.</p><p>Passports from sixteen other countries provide more global mobility than a US passport, four fewer countries than <a href="https://www.insider.com/the-most-powerful-passports-in-the-world-in-2022-ranked-2022-7">last year's ranking</a>. The US shared its seventh place ranking with Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.</p><p>Of the top 50 best passports for international travel in 2023, only eight countries offer <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/countries-buy-citizenship-golden-passport-countries-list-2022-8">citizenship-by-investment</a> programs, in which applicants can obtain passports in exchange for an approved investment within the country, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-passports-for-visa-free-international-travel-you-can-buy-2023-1">Insider reported</a>.</p><p>Below are the countries with the most powerful passports, ranked by ascending number of visa-free travel options.</p><p><em>The source for all information below is the </em><a href="https://www.henleyglobal.com/passport-index/ranking"><em>Henley Passport Index</em></a><em>.</em></p>

  • The Henley Passport Index ranks the most powerful passports in the world for visa-free travel.
  • Japan tied for No. 1, with access to 194 countries. The US passport can access 189 countries.
  • Passports from 23 other countries provide more global access than a US passport.

Thinking of visiting China, India, or Venezuela this year with a US passport? Not so fast — or at least not before securing a visa. Some of the best wonders of the world require US citizens to obtain a visa before take-off, an inconvenience in planning that long-awaited international getaway.

US passport holders can access 189 countries globally without a visa, putting it in sixth place among world passports on the global mobility spectrum, according to the 2024 Henley Passport Index .

The index is an annual ranking of passports based on how many countries their holders can access without a visa and is based on data from the International Air Transport Authority. 

For the seventh year in a row, Japan came in the top spot with its passport, which allows holders to travel to 194 countries without first securing a visa, though it's tied this year with five other countries. Finland, Sweden, South Korea, and the Netherlands tied for second, allowing access to 193 countries.

Passports from 23 other countries provide more global mobility than a US passport, seven more countries than 2023's ranking. The US shared its sixth place ranking with Canada, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Below are the countries with the most powerful passports, ranked by ascending number of visa-free travel options, based on the 2024 Henley Passport Index.

10. Travelers can visit 185 countries without a visa in 2024 if they have a passport from Iceland.

10. Travelers can visit 185 countries without a visa in 2024 if they have a passport from Iceland.

9. Latvia, Slovakia, and Slovenia passport holders can visit 186 countries without visas in 2024.

9. Latvia, Slovakia, and Slovenia passport holders can visit 186 countries without visas in 2024.

8. Holders of Estonia passports can visit 187 countries without a visa in 2024.

8. Holders of Estonia passports can visit 187 countries without a visa in 2024.

7. Travelers can visit 188 countries without visas in 2024 with a passport from Hungary or Lithuania.

7. Travelers can visit 188 countries without visas in 2024 with a passport from Hungary or Lithuania.

6. US, Poland, Canada, and Czech Republic passport holders can visit 189 countries without visas in 2024.

6. US, Poland, Canada, and Czech Republic passport holders can visit 189 countries without visas in 2024.

5. Holders of Australia, Greece, Malta, New Zealand, and Switzerland passports can visit 190 countries without a visa.

5. Holders of Australia, Greece, Malta, New Zealand, and Switzerland passports can visit 190 countries without a visa.

4. Travelers can visit 191 countries without a visa in 2024 if they have a passport from Norway, Belgium, or Portugal.

4. Travelers can visit 191 countries without a visa in 2024 if they have a passport from Norway, Belgium, or Portugal.

3. Austria, Denmark, the UK, Luxembourg, and Ireland passport holders can visit 192 countries without a visa in 2024.

3. Austria, Denmark, the UK, Luxembourg, and Ireland passport holders can visit 192 countries without a visa in 2024.

2. Holders of Sweden, South Korea, Finland, and Netherlands passports can visit 193 countries without a visa in 2024.

2. Holders of Sweden, South Korea, Finland, and Netherlands passports can visit 193 countries without a visa in 2024.

1: Travelers can visit 193 countries without a visa in 2023 if they have a passport from Japan.

1. Travelers can visit 194 countries without a visa in 2024 if they have a passport from Japan, Spain, Singapore, France, Germany, or Italy.

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