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
|Bangladesh *||Maldives *|
|Hong Kong (SAR China)||Singapore|
|Japan||Sri Lanka *|
|Macao (SAR China)||Timor-Leste|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Moldova|
|Burkina Faso *||Reunion|
|Cape Verde Islands *||Rwanda *|
|Comoros Islands *||Sao Tome and Principe *|
|Egypt *||Seychelles *|
|Gabon *||Somalia *|
|Guinea-Bissau *||St. Helena *|
|Kenya *||Swaziland (Eswatini)|
|Madagascar *||Togo *|
|American Samoa||New Zealand|
|Cook Islands||Northern Mariana Islands **|
|French Polynesia||Papua New Guinea *|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Haiti|
|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 **|
|Costa Rica||Suriname *|
|Ecuador||United States **|
|Bahrain *||Oman *|
|Jordan||United Arab Emirates|
|* 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:
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 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.
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.