Second citizenship

Malta passport visa-free countries

Malta citizens may enter 185 countries visa-free. The list includes the entire Schengen Area, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

To travel to some states, Malta passport holders don’t need any additional permits. In others, they get a visa on arrival or apply for an electronic visa before the trip. Please get to know the visa requirements for Maltese citizens.

Malta passport visa-free countries

The full list of visa-free countries for Malta passport holders

Maltese passport holders don’t need to get a visa before visiting 185 countries. In most of these countries, Malta citizens don’t get any visa if they go there for some purposes, for example, tourism or a business trip. Others require investors with a Malta passport to obtain a visa on arrival. 

Some countries, for example, the USA and Canada, require getting an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) beforehand. The process of obtaining an eTA is entirely remote, and usually, it is cheaper and faster than getting an average visa.

In addition, even in visa-free countries for Malta passport holders, travellers are usually required to have documents proving that they have funds to stay in a country, a place to live and medical insurance. Also, a return or an onward ticket is necessary for some countries because one can be refused entry without it.

Please observe the list of Malta passport visa-free countries below. The circumstances may change, so we advise you to check the visa requirements before your journey.

Visa-free countries for Maltese passport holders

Europe

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1AlbaniaVisa-free90 days in any 180-day period.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
2AndorraVisa-free90 days in any 180-day period.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
3AustriaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Austria without a visa, but sometimes they must undergo registration.
4BelarusVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

A traveller should enter and leave the country through the Minsk International Airport, and both entry and exit should be stamped.

The visa-free entry doesn’t apply to Malta citizens coming from Russia or planning to travel there from Belarus.
5BelgiumVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Belgium without a visa, but sometimes they must undergo registration: for example, within ten days after entry if they plan to stay up to 90 days.
6Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.
7BulgariaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Bulgaria without a visa. They must register there only if they stay for more than three months.
8CroatiaVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.
9CyprusVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

Travellers should register within 35 days if they stay in Cyprus for more than 21 days.
10Czech RepublicVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in the Czech Republic without a visa. They must report their presence if they stay for more than 30 days.
11DenmarkVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Denmark without a visa, but sometimes they must undergo registration.
12EstoniaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Estonia without a visa. Stays for up to three months don’t require registration of the right of residence.
13Faroe IslandsVisa-freeA visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.
14FinlandVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Finland without a visa. If you stay more than three months, you must register.
15FranceVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in France without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to report their presence in the country.
16GeorgiaVisa-free365 days in any calendar year.

A traveller should have proof of sufficient funds and health insurance. Visitors without a return ticket may be refused entry.
17GermanyVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Germany without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to register if they stay for up to three months.
18GibraltarVisa-freeA visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.
19GreeceVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Greece without a visa, but sometimes they must undergo registration.
20GreenlandVisa-freeA visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.
21HungaryVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Hungary without a visa. If you stay more than three months, you must register.
22IcelandVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Iceland without a visa. If you stay less than three months, you must not complete any formalities.
23IrelandVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

For stays up to three months, registration is not required.
24ItalyVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Italy without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to register if they stay for up to three months.
25KosovoVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.
26LatviaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Latvia without a visa, but sometimes they must undergo registration.
27LiechtensteinVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Liechtenstein without a visa. They should report their presence within eight days of arrival.
28LithuaniaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Lithuania without a visa. Travellers from Malta don’t need to register if they stay for up to three months.
29LuxembourgVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Luxembourg without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to register if they stay for up to three months.
30MoldovaVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
31MonacoVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
32MontenegroVisa-free30 days if you enter with an ID card only, and 90 days if you provide a passport.

Maltese travellers should register the day after their arrival. If you stay in a hotel, its staff will register you.
33NetherlandsVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in the Netherlands without a visa. Travellers from Malta must register if they stay for more than four months.
34North MacedoniaVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

All travellers must register at a police station within 24 hours of arrival. Also, they should have proof of funds, onward tickets, and a passport or an ID card valid for at least three months after the last day of stay.
35NorwayVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Norway without a visa. Travellers from Malta need to register if they wish to stay for more than three months.
36PolandVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Poland without a visa. If you stay for more than 90 days, you must register your residence in the country.
37PortugalVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Portugal without a visa. After 90 days of stay, you’ll have another 30 days to register your presence in the country.
38RomaniaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Romania without a visa. To stay there for more than 90 days, you must register your residence in the country.
39San MarinoVisa-freeA visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
40SerbiaVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

A traveller should register in a local police station within 24 hours of arrival if they don’t stay in a place provided by an organisation or an individual hosting visiting foreigners.
41SlovakiaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Slovakia without a visa, but sometimes they must undergo registration.
42SloveniaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Slovenia without a visa, but sometimes they must register.
43SpainVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Spain without a visa, but sometimes they must register, especially if they stay for 3+ months.
44SwedenVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Sweden without a visa or a residence permit. You must register if you intend to stay for more than a year.
45SwitzerlandVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Switzerland without a visa. They need to register there within 14 days of arrival.
46TurkeyVisa-freeA visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.
47UkraineVisa-free90 days in any 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds, accommodation and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
48United KingdomVisa-freeA visa is not required for stays up to 180 days.

You may be asked if you have accommodation and sufficient funds. Also, the purpose of your visit is essential: visa-free entry requires you not to work, study in a school or a university, or marry in the UK.
49Vatican CityVisa-free90 days in 180 days

Americas

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1ArgentinaVisa-freeUp to 90 days, a stamp upon arrival is needed.

Malta citizens may extend their visit for another three months.
2BelizeVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
3BermudaVisa-freeUp to 21 days. You may extend your stay before the expiration date.
4BoliviaVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
5BrazilVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should provide a passport valid for at least six months and the flight tickets for arrival and departure to the police. Also, they should have proof of sufficient funds.
6CanadaeTAUp to 90 days with a valid eTA.

A Canadian eTA is valid for five years or until your passport expires.
7ChileVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
8ColombiaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

Travellers may be refused entry if they don’t provide onward or return tickets.
9Costa RicaVisa-freeUp to 90 days. 

You should provide a return or onward ticket.
10EcuadorVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
11El SalvadorVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
12Falkland IslandsVisa-freeUp to four weeks.

You should have a return ticket, evidence of having sufficient funds and accommodation.
13French GuianaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in French Guiana without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to report their presence in the country.
14GuatemalaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

Travellers may be refused entry if they don’t provide onward or return tickets.
15HondurasVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
16MexicoVisa-freeUp to 180 days. The exact period of stay is determined based on documents a traveller provides.

You should fill in a Multiple Migration Form before entry and always have a Malta passport with you during the trip.
17NicaraguaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
18PanamaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
19ParaguayVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
20PeruVisa-freeUp to 90 days in a calendar year for tourism, studying or business purposes.
21United StateseTAUp to 90 days with a valid ESTA. This type of permit is suitable for tourism or business purposes.

You should apply for an ESTA a least 72 hours before your flight.
22UruguayVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
23VenezuelaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.

Africa

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1BotswanaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
2Burkina Faso Visa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
3Cape Verde IslandsVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

All visitors must pay an airport security tax of 3400 escudos (€30.5).
4Comoros IslandsVisa on arrivalUp to 45 days.
5EgyptVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
6Eswatini (Swaziland)Visa-freeUp to 30 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
7Gabon Visa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
8GambiaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
9Guinea-BissauVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
10LesothoVisa-freeUp to 14 days.
11MadagascarVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
12MalawiVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
13MauritaniaVisa on arrivalThe period of stay depends on the visa validity.
14MauritiusVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
15MayotteVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Mayotte without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to report their presence in the country.
16MoroccoVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
17MozambiqueVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
18ReunionVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in Reunion without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to report their presence in the country.
19RwandaVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
20Sao Tome and PrincipeVisa-freeUp to 15 days.
21SenegalVisa-freeUp to 90 days. 

You should provide a return or onward ticket.
22SeychellesVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days in 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
23Sierra LeoneVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
24SomaliaVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
25South AfricaVisa-freeUp to 90 days and an extension for another 90 days is possible.
26St. HelenaVisa on arrivalUp to 183 days.

Visitors should have health insurance.
27TanzaniaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
28TogoVisa on arrivalUp to 7 days.
29TunisiaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
30UgandaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
31ZambiaVisa-freeUp to 30 days a year for business purposes and 90 days for tourism.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
32ZimbabweVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.

Asia

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1BangladeshVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
2Brunei DarussalamVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

You should provide a return or onward ticket.
3CambodiaVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
4Hong Kong (SAR China)Visa-freeUp to 90 days.

You should provide a return or onward ticket.
5IndonesiaVisa-freeUp to 30 days. 

If you need to stay longer, you may apply for a visa on arrival, which is valid for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days.
6JapanVisa-freeUsually, a visa is not required for staying for up to 90 days. But it is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
7KazakhstanVisa-freeUp to 30 days.
8KyrgyzstanVisa-freeUp to 60 days.
9LaosVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
10Macao (SAR China)Visa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
11MalaysiaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
12MaldivesVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
13MongoliaVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
14NepalVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
15PakistaneTAUp to 30 days.
16PhilippinesVisa-freeUp to 30 days without a right to extend the time of visit.

If you want to get the right to extend your stay in the country, you should get a visa on arrival. With this visa, you may stay up to 59 days.
17SingaporeVisa-freeUp to 30 days. 
18South KoreaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
19Sri LankaeTAUp to 30 days.
20TaiwanVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

Maltese passport holders must fill in the Taiwan Enrollment Registration Form on arrival.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
21TajikistanVisa on arrivalUp to 45 days.
22ThailandVisa on arrivalUp to 15 days.
23Timor-LesteVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
24UzbekistanVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

Caribbean

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1AnguillaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
2Antigua and BarbudaVisa-freeUp to 90 days in a 180-day period.
3ArubaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
4BahamasVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
5BarbadosVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
6Bonaire, St. Eustatius and SabaVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.

A return or onward ticket is required.
7British Virgin IslandsVisa-freeUp to 30 days.
8Cayman IslandsVisa-freeUp to 180 days. An immigration officer determines the exact period of stay on arrival.
9CuracaoVisa-freeUp to 90 days in any 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
10DominicaVisa-freeUp to 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and returned flight booking to confirm the intended duration of stay.
11Dominican RepublicVisa-freeUp to 30 days, only for tourism.
12French West IndiesVisa-freeAn unlimited time of stay visa-free with a valid Malta passport or an ID card.
13GrenadaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
14HaitiVisa-freeUp to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
15JamaicaVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
16MontserratVisa-freeUp to 14 days with an ID card and up to six months with a passport. 
17Puerto RicoeTAUp to 90 days with an ESTA.

One should apply for a permit at least 3—4 days before the trip.
18St. Kitts and NevisVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
19St. LuciaVisa-freeUp to 42 days for tourism or business purposes.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
20St. MaartenVisa-freeUp to 90 days in any 180 days.
21St. Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa-freeUp to 30 days for tourism or business purposes.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
22Trinidad and TobagoVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
23Turks and Caicos IslandsVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
24US Virgin IslandseTAUp to 90 days with a US ESTA permit.

Middle East

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1ArmeniaVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
2BahrainVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
3IranVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
4IraqVisa-freeUp to 60 days.
5IsraelVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
6JordanVisa on arrivalUp to two months.
7KuwaitVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
8LebanonVisa on arrivalUp to 30 days.
9OmanVisa-freeUp to 14 days.
10Palestinian TerritoryVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
11QatarVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.
12Saudi ArabiaVisa on arrivalUp to 90 days.
13United Arab EmiratesVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.

Oceania

CountryTerms of entryThe allowed time for visa-free travel and other conditions
1American SamoaeTAUp to 30 days.
2Australia eTAUp to 90 days with an Electronic Travel Authorisation, Subclass 601.
3Cook IslandsVisa-freeUp to 31 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
4FijiVisa-freeUp to 120 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
5French PolynesiaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in French Polynesia without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to report their presence in the country.
6GuameTAUp to 90 days with an ESTA.
7KiribatiVisa-freeUp to 28 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
8Marshall IslandsVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

Vaccination against measles is required.
9MicronesiaVisa-freeUp to 90 days in any 180 days.
10New CaledoniaVisa-freeMalta citizens may reside in New Caledonia without a visa. Usually, travellers from Malta don’t need to report their presence in the country.
11New ZealandeTAUp to 90 days with an NZeTA, an electronic travel authorisation.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
12NiueVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
13Northern Mariana IslandseTAUp to 90 days with a US ESTA.
14Palau IslandsVisa-freeUp to 90 days.
15Papua New GuineaVisa on arrivalUp to 60 days.
16SamoaVisa-freeUp to 60 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
17Solomon IslandsVisa-freeUp to 90 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
18TongaVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
19TuvaluVisa-freeUp to 90 days in 180 days.

A traveller should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.
20VanuatuVisa-freeUp to 30 days.

Travellers should have proof of funds and a return or onward ticket.

Travelling to the Schengen Area with a Malta passport

Malta is a Schengen state, so its citizens may travel visa-free to any country in this area or reside there without getting a residence permit beforehand. They can study, work or run a business there.

If you wish to move to another Schengen Area country with a Malta passport, we advise you to check the terms of staying in the country. 

Usually, it is required to register in a police station or an immigration service office after three months of living in the country, but every state has its particular rules. For example, EU citizens moving to an apartment or a house in Austria have to register with the competent authority within three days, and failing this procedure is considered an offence.

In some countries, the visa requirements for Maltese citizens are even milder: for example, in Sweden, Malta passport holders may live without getting a residence permit even after three months of stay. They need to be listed in the Swedish Population Register only if they intend to stay for more than a year.

A temporary or permanent residence permit in Malta also allows investors to travel to the Schengen Area visa-free. They may stay there for 90 days out of 180.

Malta passport visa-free countries — France

The Blue Beach in Nice, France. Maltese citizens may visit the country without visas and reside there

Malta passport visa-free countries — Italy

Taormina is a commune in Sicily, Italy. The island of Sicily is around 100 km from Malta, and you can travel there by ferry if you are in Malta. Usually, registration is not needed for Malta passport holders staying in Italy for up to three months

Malta passport visa-free countries — the Netherlands

Alkmaar is a town in the Netherlands. You may travel there visa-free with a Malta passport, and registration is usually needed if you stay for 4+ months

Malta passport visa free countries — Switzerland

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. Malta passport holders may live there, but they need to register there within 14 days from arrival

How to get a Malta passport by naturalisation in one to three years

The most common path to Malta citizenship is naturalisation. Usually, Malta passport requirements include at least five years of living in the country, knowledge of the English or the Maltese language, and approval of two sponsors from the amount of Maltese-born or registered citizens.

Malta citizenship by exceptional services by direct investment allows one to get a Maltese passport after one or three years of residence in the country. 

Investors fulfil several investment conditions:

  1. Buy housing in Malta for €700,000+ or rent it for five years for €16,000 annually.
  2. Make a contribution to the National Development and Social Fund of €600,000+ if applying for citizenship after three years of residence. If an investor applies for a passport after a year of residence, the minimum amount of the contribution is €750,000.
  3. Make a charitable donation of €10,000.

Also, applicants pay government fees, buy medical insurance and remunerate the legal services of a licensed agent.

A spouse of the investor, children under 29, parents and grandparents over 55 may also be included in the application and receive all the benefits, including travelling to visa‑free countries for Maltese passport holders.

Frequently asked questions

How many countries can Malta passport holders enter without a visa?

Malta passport visa-free countries list includes 185 countries. The entire Schengen Area, the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia are on the list.

Is Malta visa-free to Canada?

Malta passport holders don’t need a visa if they go to Canada for a vacation. Instead, they need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which is valid for five years and allows one to stay in Canada for up to 90 days at a time.

Is the Malta passport strong?

Yes, the Malta passport is among the top 10 strongest ones in the world. Malta passport holders visit 185 countries without getting a visa beforehand.

Is Malta visa-free to the USA?

Malta is included in the US Visa Waiver program, so Maltese passport holders may visit the USA without a visa. They get an ESTA instead. This electronic permit allows them to spend up to 90 days in the USA at a time.

Do Maltese need a visa for the UK?

The UK is one of Malta’s visa-free countries in Europe. Malta citizens may visit the UK without any additional permits and stay there for up to six months.

Is Malta a part of the Schengen Area?

Malta is a Schengen state, so its citizens may visit other countries in the area visa-free and stay as long as they wish. However, sometimes they must register and provide proof of having sufficient funds and accommodation.

Do Maltese citizens need a visa for Dubai?

No, Malta passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Dubai or other emirates of the UAE. Malta citizens may stay there visa-free for up to 90 days out of 180.

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