Visa Free Travel with a Malta Passport

Updated: July 30, 2020 | 17 minute read

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The Complete List of 183 Visa-Free Countries to travel with a  Malta Passport

The list of countries one can travel to with a Maltese Passport is continuously being updated and expanding.

Being able to travel freely to 183 countries is a significant benefit of being a citizen of Malta, whether that is by naturalisation or through investment. Ranked as the 6th most powerful passport in the world for travel freedom, according to the Global Passport Index (2019), only adds to the allure of the Mediterranean island.

The index lists 199 passports and 219 travel destinations all over the world.

Below is a full list of Visa-free destinations for all Maltese nationals:

* Visa on Arrival   

** eTA

Bangladesh * Maldives *
Brunei Nepal
Cambodia * Philippines
Hong Kong (SAR China) Singapore
Indonesia South Korea
Japan Sri Lanka *
Kazakhstan Taiwan
Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan *
Laos Thailand *
Macao (SAR China) Timor-Leste


Albania Latvia
Andorra Liechtenstein
Austria Lithuania
Belarus Luxembourg
Belgium Macedonia (FYROM)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Moldova
Bulgaria Monaco
Croatia Montenegro
Cyprus Netherlands
Czech Republic Norway
Denmark Poland
Estonia Portugal
Faroe Islands Romania
Finland San Marino
France Serbia
Germany Slovakia
Gibraltar Slovenia
Greece Spain
Greenland Sweden
Hungary Switzerland
Iceland Ukraine
Ireland United Kingdom
Italy Vatican City


Benin * Morocco
Botswana Mozambique *
Burkina Faso * Reunion
Cape Verde Islands * Rwanda * 
Comoros Islands * Sao Tome and Principe *
Djibouti * Senegal
Egypt * Seychelles *
Gabon * Somalia *
Gambia South Africa
Guinea-Bissau * St. Helena *
Kenya * Swaziland (Eswatini)
Lesotho Tanzania
Madagascar * Togo *
Malawi * Tunisia
Mauritania * Uganda
Mauritius Zambia
Mayotte Zimbabwe


American Samoa New Zealand
Australia ** Niue
Cook Islands Northern Mariana Islands **
Fiji Palau Islands
French Polynesia Papua New Guinea *
Guam ** Samoa
Kiribati Solomon Islands 
Marshall Islands Tonga
Micronesia Tuvalu
New Caledonia  Vanuatu


Anguilla Grenada
Antigua and Barbuda Haiti
Aruba Jamaica
Bahamas Montserrat
Barbados Puerto Rico **
Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba St. Kitts and Nevis
British Virgin Islands St. Lucia
Cayman Islands St. Maarten
Curacao St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Dominica Trinidad and Tobago
Dominican Republic Turks and Caicos Islands
French West Indies US Virgin Islands **


Argentina French Guiana
Belize Guatemala
Bermuda Honduras
Bolivia * Mexico
Brazil Nicaragua
Canada ** Panama
Chile Paraguay
Colombia Peru
Costa Rica Suriname *
Ecuador United States **
El Salvador  Uruguay
Falkland Islands Venezuela


                                                                     MIDDLE EAST
Armenia Lebanon *
Bahrain * Oman *
Georgia Palestinian Territory
Iran * Qatar
Israel Turkey
Jordan United Arab Emirates
Kuwait *  
* Visa on Arrival    ** eTA

Malta and the Schengen Area  

Another benefit of having a Maltese passport is the fact that Malta forms part of the Schengen Area. This means that several countries within Europe enjoy visa-free travel according to the Schengen Agreement. These include:

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

Malta Passport and Visa Requirements

One requires a Schengen visa to travel to Malta. All the applications for the Schengen visa must be filed at the diplomatic mission of the main destination country of the visit. 

In the case when the applicant intends on visiting several Schengen countries, the application for it must be filed at the diplomatic mission of the country of first entry into Schengen. 

Thus, applicants who wish to visit Malta as the main destination, or being the country of first entry into the Schengen area, must file their applications at Malta’s diplomatic missions or its representations*

All the applications for Schengen visa must be submitted in writing along with the application form duly filled, and signed by the applicant. Along with the form, the applicant is required to present:

  • One (1) passport-size photograph, in colour and taken against a white background, with the face clearly visible;

  • A valid travel document (passport) validity of which must not be less than three (3) months;

  • Visa processing fee;

  • Valid travel insurance covering all the travellers; and

  • Confirmed return flight tickets (not required in some cases).

Which countries do require a visa?

The two countries worth mentioning are Russia and China. Although you would need to apply for a travel visa, its a relatively easy thing to acquire in Malta.

You’re probably assuming that the USA is also on that list. However since Malta forms part of the Visa Waiver Program, that enables Maltese citizens to travel to the States visa-free. The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) became a requirement of the Visa Waiver Program as of January 12th 2009.

How do I get a Visa to Russia in Malta?

As mentioned earlier, to travel to Russia with a Maltese passport, you would need to obtain a visa.

The most successful way of procuring a visa to travel to Russia is through visa support; in other words through an invitation.

To obtain visa support, one would need to submit the following documents to their appropriate consulates in Malta;

  • Passport
  • Passport size photo
  • Visa application form
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa processing fee
  • Flight tickets to Russia
  • Visa support document

Although it might seem like a lengthy, tedious process, we can assure you that it is very smooth and straightforward.

How do I get a Visa to China in Malta?

Similar to Russia, despite requiring a visa to travel to China, the process is a quick and easy one.

To obtain your Chinese Visa, you need to set an appointment with the Consulate in Malta, and that will start the process off.

Final words

If you are reading this article as a Maltese citizen, then I’m sure this has been informative on the several countries that we have the privilege to travel to visa-free. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, the Maltese passport makes it possible to enter a large number of countries.

If you are not a Maltese citizen, nor a European citizen, but are interested in the many benefits of the Maltese passport, you can find out more on how to become a European citizen here.


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