Malta Passport Visa Free Countries List  

Visas are documents that are issued by authorities to foreigners who want to come to their country. There are different kinds of visas, but the most typical ones are tourist, business, and in-transit visas.

Visa-free travel is a facility to visit a country without having to complete its lengthy and often expensive visa obtaining procedures. Citizens of a country can have a visa-free trip to another country if the governments of both countries have an agreement to that effect, or if the receiving country unilaterally opens its borders. As per the Global Passport Index, the Maltese passport ranks fourth in terms of travel freedom. The index takes into account 199 passports and 219 travel destinations.

One of the significant benefits of taking up Maltese citizenship either by naturalisation or through investment is visa-free travel to 124 countries and visa-on-arrival for 41 other countries.

 

Benefits Of A Visa-Free Travel

  • There is no need to fill out lengthy application forms or give extra documents such as letters of reference from friends and employers, photographs, copies of passports, and bank statements.
  • There is no need to share private or confidential data.
  • There is no need to spend a large amount of money on obtaining a visa, especially, since visa charges are usually pretty steep for developed nations.
  • No need to wait for the embassy or related body to process the application for your visa.
  • Travel on an impulse is possible, without needing to plan days or weeks in advance.
  • There is no need to wait in long lines at border control on arrival.

 

Difference between Visa-free and Visa-on-Arrival

As the name may suggest, Visa-on-Arrival is issued when the visitor actually ‘arrives’ in a country. The method of granting a visa is started, and completed, at the port of entry, where government authorities generally review the visitor’s passport, collect the applicable visa payment, and finally issue the visa. Some countries collect biometrics which includes the visitor’s fingerprints.

Like a standard visa, the visa-on-arrival is stamped on to the visitor’s passport, which therefore must necessarily have enough number of empty pages. The visa-on-arrival process is thought to be simpler than that of obtaining a visa before travelling, as all necessary steps take place in one location – the port of entry – and the visitor is not required to participate in any formal procedure at the country’s consulate or embassy, which is time-consuming. Be cautious, as some states may need the visitor to present proof of a return or onward journey, hotel reservations, and adequate funds. Visa-on-arrival facilities are usually accessible at principal ports of admission, such as airports and large ports. If no such amenity is available, the visitor must ensure he or she has already obtained a regular visa from the embassy before landing.

An example is when crossing a land border. Importantly, where visa-on-arrival facilities are available, they are generally separate from immigration controls. The officer who collects payment and issues the visa is different from the administrator who lets the visitor to cross the frontier. It helps and reduces the possibility of corruption.

Visa-free travel, on the other hand, enables the holder of a valid passport to enter a nation without the need to apply for a visa beforehand, and without needing to go through any further visa acquisition procedure upon entering a country. Entry is also generally free, allowing the visitors to travel instantly, without having to pre-plan or collect documentation.

Even when visitors have visa-free travel benefits to a country, they must still pass through an immigration control facility, where their passports are checked for validity. At this point, visitors may also receive a passport stamp. Countries like the U.S and Japan stamp passports upon entry only, while other countries, like Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, stamp passports both upon entry and upon exit. Nations like Hong Kong and Israel, have done away with passport stamps, but provide visitors with landing slips, which are not needed for departure.

 

Whether travelling with a visa, using a visa-on-arrival facility, or entering visa-free, visitors must nevertheless be careful not to overstay their leave of entry. Even visitors authorised for visa-free entry may only live in a country for a limited time, usually between a fortnight and three months, which is sometimes further limited to within a given period of six months or a year. An overstay is an immigration offence, which visitors must dodge if they do not want civil or even criminal charges, or fail their future rights to travel quickly and safely.

 

Malta Visa-Free Travel Countries List In The Schengen Area

Malta entered the Schengen group in 2007, after signing the Schengen agreement which eliminated all the internal borders between the member states.

 

Up to now, there are 26 countries (including Malta) which form part of the Schengen area and privileges the right to freedom of travel without internal border checks.

 

The Malta citizenship gives access to the following countries for visa free entry:

 

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

According to the European Union (EU) Legislation, all children who are nationals of Malta are expected to hold their passport or National ID Card when departing from an EU Schengen state.

Here is the extensive list of Malta passport visa free countries list.

ASIA:

  • Bangladesh* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Brunei – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Cambodia* – maximum stay is 30 days. Online visa available
  • Hong Kong – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Indonesia – maximum stay is 30 days. Not available at all entry points.
  • Japan – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Kazakhstan – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan – maximum stay is 60 days
  • Laos* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Macao – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Malaysia – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Maldives* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Nepal* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Philippines – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Singapore – maximum stay is 90 days
  • South Korea – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Sri Lanka* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Taiwan – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Tajikistan* – maximum stay is 45 days
  • Thailand* – maximum stay is 15 days
  • Timor-Leste – maximum stay is 90 days

 

EUROPE:

  • Albania – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Gibraltar – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Netherlands – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Andorra – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Greece – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Norway – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Austria – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Greenland – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Poland – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Belarus – maximum stay is 30 day
  • Hungary – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Portugal – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Belgium – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Iceland – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Romania – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Ireland – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • San Marino – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Bulgaria – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Italy – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Serbia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Croatia – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Kosovo – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Slovakia – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Cyprus – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Latvia – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Slovenia – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Czech Republic – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Liechtenstein – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Spain – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Denmark – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Lithuania– Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Sweden – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Estonia – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Luxembourg – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Switzerland – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Faroe Islands – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Macedonia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Ukraine – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Finland – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Moldova – maximum stay is 90 days
  • United Kingdom – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • France – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Monaco – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Vatican City – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Germany – Can travel on Maltese Identity Card
  • Montenegro – maximum stay is 90 days

 

AFRICA:

 

  • Benin* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Botswana – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Burkina Faso* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Cape Verde Islands* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Comoros Islands*
  • Djibouti* – maximum stay is 31 days
  • Egypt* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Gabon* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Gambia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Guinea-Bissau*– maximum stay is 90 days
  • Kenya*– maximum stay is 90 days
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar*– maximum stay is 30 days
  • Malawi*
  • Mauritania*
  • Mauritius – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Mayotte
  • Morocco – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Mozambique*– maximum stay is 30 days
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda*– maximum stay is 30 days
  • Sao Tome & Principe – maximum stay is 15 days
  • Senegal – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Seychelles* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Somalia*
  • South Africa – maximum stay is 90 days
  • St Helena*
  • Swaziland (Eswatini) – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Tanzania – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Togo* – maximum stay is 7 days
  • Tunisia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Uganda – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Zambia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Zimbabwe – maximum stay is 90 days

 

OCEANIA:

  • American Samoa – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Marshall Islands – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Papua New Guinea* – maximum stay is 60 days
  • Australia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Micronesia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Samoa – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Cook Islands – maximum stay is 31 days
  • New Caledonia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Solomon Islands – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Fiji – maximum stay is 120 days
  • New Zealand – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Tonga – maximum stay is 90 days
  • French Polynesia
  • Niue – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Tuvalu – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Guam – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Northern Mariana Island
  • Vanuatu – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Kiribati – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Palau Islands – maximum stay is 90 days

CARRIBEAN:

 

  • Anguilla – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Antigua & Barbuda – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Aruba – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Bahamas – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Barbados – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Bonaire; St Eustatius & Saba – maximum stay is 90 days
  • British Virgin Islands – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Cayman Islands – maximum stay is 180 days
  • Curacao – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Dominica – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Dominican Republic – maximum stay is 90 days
  • French West Indies
  • Grenada – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Haiti – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat – maximum stay is 180 days
  • Puerto Rico – maximum stay is 90 days
  • St Kitts and Nevis – maximum stay is 90 days
  • St Lucia – maximum stay is 90 days
  • St Maarten – maximum stay is 90 days
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Trinidad and Tobago – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Turks and Caicos Islands – maximum stay is 90 days
  • U.S. Virgin Islands – maximum stay is 90 days

 

AMERICAS:

  • Argentina – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Belize – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Bermuda – maximum stay is 21 days
  • Bolivia* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Brazil – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Canada – maximum stay is 180 days
  • Chile – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Colombia – maximum stay is 180 days
  • Costa Rica – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Ecuador – maximum stay is 90 days
  • El Salvador – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Falkland Islands – maximum stay is 30 days
  • French Guiana
  • Guatemala – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Honduras – maximum stay is 90 days
  • México – maximum stay is 180 days
  • Nicaragua – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Panamá – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Paraguay – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Perú – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Suriname* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • United States – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Uruguay – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Venezuela – maximum stay is 90 days

 

MIDDLE EAST:

  • Armenia – maximum stay is 180 days
  • Bahrain* – maximum stay is 14 days
  • Georgia – maximum stay is one year
  • Iran* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Israel – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Jordan*
  • Kuwait* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Lebanon* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Oman* – maximum stay is 30 days
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Qatar – maximum stay is 90 days
  • Turkey* – maximum stay is 90 days
  • United Arab Emirates – maximum stay is 90 days

Where* stands for visa-on-arrival in the Malta passport visa free countries list

 

Passengers need to confirm if a transit visa is required for any connections. People having a halt at the airport of an intermediary country, might require a transit visa to stay in the airport, while on their way to another country..

People travelling to countries, not in the Malta passport visa free countries list above, would require a visa.

 

Travelling To The U.S.

 

A Maltese national travelling for tourism purposes in the U.S. does not need a visa for a maximum of 90 days on the following conditions:

 

  • The passenger needs to hold a biometric passport.
  • The e-form called ESTA must be filled at least 72 hrs before departure via the U.S.
  • Any Maltese national who is still has a valid entry visa on a non-biometric passport can enter the U.S.

A Maltese national would need to apply for a visa before travelling to the U.S. if the above guidelines are not met.

 

General Points Before Travelling

 

Passport validity length

 

The passport validity length differs from country to country. While most of them require passports to be valid for at least six more months on arrival, few countries require either a passport valid on arrival or a passport valid throughout the intended stay. Some countries have mutual ties with each other to cut the period of passport validity needed for each other’s citizens or even accept passports that have already expired.

 

Blank passport pages

Many countries need a minimum number of blank pages in the passport presented, generally one or two pages. Signature pages, which often appear after the visa pages, are not counted as being available.

Vaccination

An International Certificate of Vaccination is required to prove that the passenger is vaccinated against yellow fever. Most of the African countries require all incoming passengers to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination.

Some countries need the certificate only if the passenger is coming from an infected area or has visited one recently.

 

Maltese Identity Cards

Maltese identity cards are granted to the citizens of Malta and other lawful residents of Malta. They can be used as a document to travel when visiting nations in the European Union and the European Economic Area.

 

Conclusion

The holders of Maltese passport can make the most of it and visit all the Malta citizenship visa free countries, whether Schengen or in the rest of the world. Those having Maltese citizenship do not have to face visa related inconveniences if they wish to travel either for pleasure or work purposes. A non-Maltese or a non-European Citizen can benefit from a unique program called the Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP) and can take up Maltese Citizenship by Investment.