Third-Country Nationals Required to Have a Visa To Enter Malta & Gozo

Which Third-Country Nationals are Required to have a Visa?

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 Regulation of 2001 and by Regulation of 2003, 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, Antigua, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Rep of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Fyrom (Macedonia), 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 Isle, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Marianas, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sotome, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles,Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timur-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad/Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE, 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:

(1)   Holders of diplomatic passports, official duty passports and other official passports;

(2)   Civilian air and sea crew;

(3)   Flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers involved in disaster or emergency relief;

(4)   The civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters;

(5)   The holders of laissez-passer issued by some intergovernmental organisations to their officials.

Further information may be found at Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

We strongly recommend that you check the above website before travelling to check for any updates.