Visas can grant or deny you access into a country, so what are they exactly? A visa is a sticker or rubber stamp on your passport which grants you the right to enter and exit countries which require it. They are issued by the country you wish to travel to and can be obtained in different ways depending on where you’re going.
When arriving at the airport in Malta, visas may need to be shown on entry depending on your nationality and length of stay. EU and Schengen-area nationals may enter and exit Malta without a visa provided that they do not intend to stay for longer than three months. Citizens of many other non-EU countries may also do the same. You can find an up-to-date list of these countries here.
If your country is not on the list—and you do not come from an EU member state—you will need to apply for a visa to arrive in Malta. Airport procedures recommend submitting a visa application to one of the following:
- The Maltese Embassy in your country
- An EU member state embassy in your country, provided that they have a representation agreement with Malta
- The Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs