All visitors to Malta must have a valid passport and visa (when necessary). If you plan on living and working in Malta you also require a residence permit. Regulations for visas and residence permits vary according to your country of origin.
This section is intended for reference only. We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up-to-date information that pertains to your specific situation.
You must have a valid passport to travel abroad. A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The process and cost associated with getting a passport can be high, so start the process at least six months before you plan to leave for Malta. Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay. Minors are allowed to travel on their parents' passports up until age 15 years.
A visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials on a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country. This permission is called "entry clearance".
Malta is a Schengen State, so EU/EEA nationals do not require a visa to enter Malta.
Nationals from the USA and most Commonwealth countries do not require a visa to enter Malta for stays of less than 90 days.
Most non-EU/EEA nationals require a visa to enter Malta. Verify with the nearest Maltese Embassy or Consulate, or consult Malta's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as to whether you require a visa.
Most visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days. Upon entry to Malta, non-EU/EEA nationals wishing to remain in Malta longer than this period must apply for a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA nationals cannot stay in Malta more than 90 days in any 180 days without a residence permit.
Most non-EU/EEA nationals visiting Malta require a Schengen Type D Long Term/National Visa or a Schengen Type C Short-Stay Visa.
You can apply for a Type D visa at Malta's diplomatic missions or consular posts. Type D visas are valid for the duration of your stay in Malta (longer than 90 days, with one or multiple entries). You must first obtain a Type D visa before applying for a residence permit.
You can only apply for Type C visas in countries where Malta has no diplomatic post. Type C visas are valid for 90 days. You must apply for temporary residence permits once in Malta to extend your stay.
Students who require a visa will apply for a Schengen Type D Long Term/National Visa, or a Schengen Type C Short-Stay Visa.
Students can only apply for Type D visas at a Maltese Embassy or Consulate. Type D visas are valid for the duration of your studies. Under a Type D visa, you cannot extend your stay once in Malta.
Students can only apply for Type C visas in countries where Malta has no diplomatic post. Type C visas are valid for 90 days, and students must apply for temporary residence permits once in Malta to continue their studies.
When applying for a Type C or Type D visa, you must present:
You may also be required to appear, in person, for an interview at your local Maltese Embassy or Consulate. Specific document requirements vary by country; it is best to verify these with your local authority.
EU nationals do not require an employment license to work in Malta.
Non-EU/EEA nationals require an employment license (formerly known as a work permit) to work in Malta. Employment licenses are issued by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC).
Employment licenses are applied for by the employer on behalf of the jobseeker. Employment licenses are issued for a maximum duration of one year, and are renewable annually.
The following documentation must be submitted to the ETC to apply for an employment license:
Questions can be directed to the ETC: email@example.com.
Residence permits are issued by Malta's Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs. It is located at Castille Place, between Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Auberge de Castille, in Valletta. It is open to the public 08:30-11:30 hrs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
To submit a residence application permit, you must make an appointment with the DCEA by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. A confirmation of your appointment will be emailed back to you.
You can expect to have a turnaround period of one to several months for your residence permit application. If you wish to travel outside of Malta before your residence permit has been issued, you must return to the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs to have your passport stamped, allowing you to re-enter Malta following your absence.
Residence permits can be divided into two categories: those for EU/EEA nationals and those for non-EU/EEA nationals.
Residence permits for non-EU/EEA nationals are categorized as:
Application forms for the above residence permit categories can be downloaded from the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs. Required supporting documents vary according to category, and generally include:
Residence permits for non-EU/EEA nationals are categorized as:
Application forms for the above residence permit categories can be downloaded from the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs. Required supporting documents vary according to category, and may include:
Students from EU/EEA countries must notify Malta's Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs that they will be residing in Malta for longer than three months. This office is located in the Castille Place building, between Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Auberge de Castille, in Valletta.
You must provide:
Full time students from non-EU countries must apply for a residence permit, which allows them to reside in Malta for the duration of their studies. This also allows students to travel throughout the Schengen area during this period.
You should apply for a residence permit in person as soon as you arrive in Malta at the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs. This office is located in the Castille Place building, between Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Auberge de Castille, in Valletta.
To apply for a residence permit, fill out a CEA-N application form, available from your educational institution, or online. Take this application form, along with the following documents, to the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs:
It is difficult to obtain citizenship in Malta. Applications are normally considered favourably if you are a former citizen of Malta, were born abroad to Maltese parents who are returned migrants, were born in Malta and hold foreign citizenship, or were born abroad but are of Maltese descent.
Expats are eligible to apply for Maltese citizenship after residing in Malta for 5 years. You must have adequate knowledge of Maltese or the English language, and prove that you are of good character and would be a suitable citizen of Malta. You will also be required to present two sponsors (a member of Parliament, judge, magistrate, public notary, medical practitioner, police officer, parish priest, etc.)
If you are applying for citizenship on the basis of familial lineage, you may be required to present:
Citizenship enquiries should be directed to:
Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs
3, Castille Place
Valletta, VLT 2000
You may also contact the DCEA on:
Tel No: (+356) 2200-1800
Fax No: (+356) 2200-1830
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