AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING MALTA
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Malta starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Malta. All tourists entering Maltese territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Maltese authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Maltese custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Maltese territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250g)
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% alcohol volume (1L), Spirits less than 22% alcohol volume (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L)
If arriving from an EU Country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), tobacco (1Kg)
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% alcohol volume (10L), Spirits less than 22% alcohol volume (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L)
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Malta with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Minors up to 17 years of age shall be included in parent's passport.
Australia and Malta
Australia established an immigration presence in Malta in the 1950s and opened its High Commission in 1967. Malta established a High Commission in Canberra in 1964 and Consulates-General in Sydney and Melbourne. Australia and Malta share international interests relating particularly to their membership of the Commonwealth.
Maltese forces were involved in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, and Australian servicemen wounded at Gallipoli were hospitalised in Malta, which was known as the “nurse of the Mediterranean”. Australians defended Malta during World War II, and Australian war graves can be found in Malta, including those of ANZACs.
ustralia’s assisted-passage migration agreement with Malta in 1948 subsidised over 63,000 Maltese migrants to travel to Australia. Migration peaked in the 1950s and 60s with the Malta-born population in Australia declining and ageing ever since. Most Maltese in Australia have been resident for over 15 years while 70% plus are Australian citizens.
The two countries have bilateral agreements covering immigration, double taxation, health services, social security, working holidays and air services. Trade with Malta is modest, for many reasons notwithstanding size and distance. Australian exports to Malta comprise margarine, cheese and curd while Malta exports include medical and veterinary instruments, medicaments and pig-iron. Export and investment opportunities for Australians lie in EU-funded infrastructure projects and joint ventures in the resources and services sectors accessing third country markets.
Further potential opportunities are in environmental and water resource management and related equipment for water and energy supply, reticulation and waste management.
Australia has the largest Maltese community outside of Malta with 163,988 Australians claiming Maltese ancestry and 43,700 Australian Malta-born residents.
ustralians wanting to visit Malta need only a valid passport at present, thanks to the visa liberation policy. Once ETIAS is rolled out in 2021, Australians will have to apply online using ETIAS to get pre-authorisation to travel to Malta.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Malta
Australian High Commission in Ta' Xbiex, Malta
List of Maltese diplomatic offices in Australia
Consulate General of Malta in Sydney, Australia
Address: Suite 4, Level 10, 31 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 0061 (2) 9262 9500
Fax: 0061 (2) 9264 4722
Details: With jurisdiction over the State of New South Wales
Consulate General of Malta in Melbourne, Australia
Address: Suite 613, 6th Floor, 343, Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Phone: 0061 (3) 9670 8427; (3) 9600 3953
Fax: 0061 (3) 9670 9451
Office Hours: 9am to 4pm
Details: National Day - 26 January (Australia Day)
- Routine Vaccines
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
- Maltese 90.1%;
- English 6%;
- Multilingual 3%;
- Other 0.9%;
Area: 316 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +356