Visa information

It is advisable that you check about visa and entry requirements before making any travel arrangements. We advise you to proceed early with any visa request. 

Kindly note that the below details are provided for information only and do not engage the responsibility of ICN as such indications may change without prior notice.  

In order to ensure full adherence to the visa related Maltese applicable laws, rules and regulations, participants should inform themselves on the Malta government web site (please see below) or with the Malta consular officials in their country.  

Detailed information can also be obtained on the Malta government web site at www.mfa.gov.mt (click on section “Services” – “Travelling to Malta”). 

The Amsterdam Treaty, which came into force on 1st May 1999 harmonised the visa rules applying to travel for non-EU nationals. EU Member States with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland which, on the basis of a protocol annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam, maintain autonomous visa, immigration and asylum policies are precluded from unilaterally determining the visa rules related to short-term stays for nationals of any third country. 

Bound by Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, modified by Regulations (EC) No 2414/2001; No 453/2003; No 1932/2006; and No 1244/2009, the list of third-countries whose nationals are subject to the visa requirement, when travelling to Malta and/or any other EU Member State is as follows:

  • AFGHANISTAN
  • ALBANIA
  • ALGERIA
  • ANGOLA
  • ARMENIA
  • AZERBAIJAN
  • BAHRAIN
  • BANGLADESH
  • BELARUS
  • BELIZE
  • BENIN
  • BHUTAN
  • BOLIVIA
  • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
  • BOTSWANA
  • BURKINA FASO
  • BURMA/MYANMAR
  • BURUNDI
  • CAMBODIA
  • CAMEROON
  • CAPE VERDE
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.
  • CHAD
  • CHINA
  • COLOMBIA
  • COMOROS
  • CONGO
  • COTE D’IVOIRE
  • CUBA
  • DEM. REP. OF CONGO
  • DJIBOUTI
  • DOMINICA
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  • ECUADOR
  • EGYPT
  • EQUATORIAL GUINEA
  • ERITREA
  • ETHIOPIA
  • FIJI
  • FYROM
  • GABON
  • GAMBIA
  • GEORGIA
  • GHANA
  • GRENADA
  • GUINEA
  • GUINEA-BISSAU
  • GUYANA
  • HAITI
  • INDIA
  • INDONESIA
  • IRAN
  • IRAQ
  • JAMAICA
  • JORDAN
  • KAZAKHSTAN
  • KENYA
  • KIRIBATI
  • KUWAIT
  • KYRGYZSTAN
  • LAOS
  • LEBANON
  • LESOTHO
  • LIBERIA
  • LIBYA
  • MADAGASCAR
  • MALAWI
  • MALDIVES
  • MALI
  • MARSHALL ISLANDS
  • MAURITANIA
  • MICRONESIA
  • MOLDOVA
  • MONGOLIA
  • MONTENEGRO
  • MOROCCO
  • MOZAMBIQUE
  • NAMIBIA
  • NAURU
  • NEPAL
  • NIGER
  • NIGERIA
  • NORTH KOREA
  • NORTHERN MARIANAS (IS)
  • OMAN
  • PAKISTAN
  • PALAU
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  • PERU
  • PHILIPPINES
  • QATAR
  • RUSSIA
  • RWANDA
  • SAMOA
  • SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SENEGAL
  • SERBIA
  • SIERRA LEONE
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS
  • SOMALIA
  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • SRI LANKA
  • ST LUCIA
  • ST VINCENT
  • SUDAN
  • SURINAME
  • SWAZILAND
  • SYRIA
  • TAJIKISTAN
  • TANZANIA
  • THAILAND
  • TIMOR-LESTE
  • TOGO
  • TONGA
  • TRINDAD & TOBAGO
  • TUNISIA
  • TURKEY
  • TURKMENISTAN
  • TUVALU
  • UGANDA
  • UKRAINE
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
  • UZBEKISTAN
  • VANUATU
  • VIETNAM
  • YEMEN
  • ZAMBIA
  • ZIMBABWE

A limited set of derogations and exceptions exist for specific categories of persons, notably on grounds of international law or custom. Member States may therefore exempt from the requirement to carry an EU visa, or reintroduce the visa obligation when they would otherwise be exempted, the following categories of persons:

  • Holders of diplomatic passports, official duty passports and other official passports;
  • Civilian air and sea crew;
  • Flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers involved in disaster or emergency relief;
  • The civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters;
  • The holders of laissez-passer issued by some intergovernmental organisations to their officials.