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About to travel to Malta? Find, in this article, all you need to know about entry conditions and related formalities.

Before traveling to Malta, it is best to inquire on related formalities. Nationals of some countries may require a visa while others do not. For instance, European Union nationals can simply produce their passport or identity card to make a three months stay in Malta. In their case, the passport must be valid for three years following their stay and must have been delivered during the past 10 years. Moreover, they do not have to produce their returns tickets and proof of sufficient funds to be allowed to stay in Malta.

 Good to know:

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom are not Schengen States. Therefore, nationals of these countries have to produce their identity card or passport both when entering and leaving Malta.

Visas

In general, nationals of non-European Union countries have to apply for a visa to travel to Malta, regardless of the duration of their stay. Canadian, US and Australian nationals, for their part, are allowed to make a 90 days stay in Malta without having to obtain a visa.

 Good to know:

European Union nationals are allowed to make an unlimited stay in Malta provided they register with local authorities following their three months stay.

Extension of stay

Holders of Schengen visas are allowed to extend their stay in Malta in exceptional circumstances only (on grounds of force majeure or for humanitarian reasons).

Besides that, all foreign nationals who intend to make a more than 90 days stay in Malta have to request for a resident permit.

In general, extension conditions and requirements vary from one country to another. You are therefore advised to inquire with the Maltese Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security beforehand. 

Traveling to Malta with your pet

If you intend to travel to Malta with your pet, you have to fill in specific requirements. Indeed, if your pet comes from another EU country, it must wear an identification microchip, have a pet passport and be in possession of a valid rabies vaccination certificate.

In case your pet does not come from the EU, it must wear an identification microchip, have a rabies vaccination certificate as well as an official pet health certificate.

If you are importing a dog, it must be treated against tapeworm, regardless of its origin.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Formalities in Malta Forum 
Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security homeaffairs.gov.mt
Fish and Farming Regulation and Control www.vafd.gov.mt

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