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Before travelling to Malta, it is best to inquire on related formalities, including visa requirements and length of stay. 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 stay in Malta for up to 90 days. Nationals of certain other countries will require a visa just to transit through Malta.

For all non-visa required passport holders, the passport must be valid for three months following their stay and must have been delivered during the past 10 years.

It is vital to confirm your own requirements prior to travelling to Malta. Some passport holders will be required to produce their return tickets or provide proof of sufficient funds to be allowed to stay in Malta.

Malta is in the Schengen Area

Malta is one of the countries in the Schengen Area, which includes much of Europe and relates to border crossings.

Non-EU nationals can remain inside the Schengen Area for up to 90 days, and then must leave for 90 days before re-entry. Keep this in mind if you have been travelling elsewhere in Europe and are approaching your 90-day limit when arriving in Malta.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, and the United Kingdom are not part of the Schengen Area. Therefore, nationals of these countries must show their identity card or passport both when entering and when leaving Malta.

Non-EU nationals may travel within those countries before or after travelling to Malta without adding to their continuous time within the Schengen Area.

Visa requirements for travel to Malta

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 are allowed to stay for up to 90 days in a 180-day period within the whole Schengen Area, including Malta, without having to obtain a visa.

European Union nationals are allowed to stay in Malta for an indefinite period of time, provided they register with local authorities before the end of their initial 90 days.

Extension of stay

Holders of Schengen visas are allowed to extend their stay in Malta in exceptional circumstances only (i.e., on grounds of force majeure or for humanitarian reasons). Outside of those circumstances, all foreign nationals who intend to stay for more than 90 days in Malta must request a resident permit.

In general, extension conditions and requirements vary from one country to another. You are therefore advised to inquire with Identity Malta for your specific situation. 

Travelling to Malta with your pet

If you intend to travel to Malta with your pet, you have to fill in specific requirements. 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, and also an official pet health certificate from a veterinarian.

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

 Useful links:

Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
Fish and Farming Regulation and Control
Travelling with your pet

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