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Will I need an ETIAS to visit Malta?

Malta is in both the European Union and the Schengen Zone.
The ETIAS, E.U. Travel Information Authorisation Service, will be implemented in 2021. For travelers intending to visit Malta before then, the present immigration rules apply.
Once the ETIAS comes into effect, travelers who are not E.U. citizens and who presently need only show their passport on arrival will be affected.

Citizens of some 60 countries will find that they no longer are permitted to go through border control with just their passport. Citizens of those roughly 60 countries will need to apply before they travel for the new travel authorization.

The countries of Europe have collectively decided that they want stricter border controls. They want to know who is intending on crossing their borders and why they are doing so.

With a growing rate of migrant crossings, health scares and terrorist activity, the scheme will increase border security, increase government agencies knowledge about movement within the Schengen area and stop undesirable travelers from being admitted to Europe.

Travelers to Malta will find the system very easy to navigate. All that travelers need to do is fill in an online application form, submit payment, and wait up to 96 hours to be authorized. Once a traveler has been authorized to travel within the Schengen zone, their authorization will last for three years.

About Malta

Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It consists of the main island of Malta and the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. It’s nearest neighbors are Italy, Tunisia, and Libya.

It has an area of 316 sq. km and is one of the smallest countries in Europe. With a population of 429,000, it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The official languages are Maltese and English, Italian is also spoken by most of the population. The major religion is Christianity, and the currency is the euro.

The capital city of Valletta is the smallest national capital in the E.U. It is the Capital of Culture 2018. Malta is a popular destination for tourists with numerous recreational areas, architectural monuments, historical monuments, and a warm climate.

The main island of Malta has three natural harbors.

  • The Grand Harbour
  • Marsamxett Harbour
  • Marsaxlokk Harbour

There are also two man-made harbors.

Malta annually receives three times more tourists per year than it has residents. There is good infrastructure for tourists with a number of hotels, but the destruction of traditional housing and overdevelopment is a growing problem.

Malta International Airport is the only airport that serves the Maltese islands. There is a three times daily floatplane between Mgarr Harbour in Gozo and Grand Harbour’s sea terminal.

Malta at a glance

Capital: Valletta

Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Languages: Maltese 90.1%, English 6%, Multilingual 3%, Other 0.9%

Area: 316 KM2

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Population: 403,000

Calling Code: +356

Travel in Malta

Summer is the peak season to visit Malta, but many visitors prefer to go in the Spring and Fall when the weather is milder, but still suitable for sunbathing and swimming. The country boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

The weather is a big draw for the tourists, so too are the crystalline waters which are the cleanest in the region. The water clarity makes it one of the best places to go diving and snorkeling in the Mediterranean.

Many of the beaches are patrolled by lifeguards during the summer, and they operate flag safety systems. Visitors to the island should familiarize themselves with the system and follow any warnings displayed: red flags always indicate dangerous or hazardous conditions.

If there are no lifeguards, signs or flags, visitors should take extra care. Follow the local advice in case of jellyfish.

Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of Malta is its extraordinary seven thousand years of history. Malta has a greater concentration of historical sights than any other country. Travelers come just to explore some of the oldest stone structures in the world known to man.

Malta is home to seven major music festivals over the summer

  • Malta World Music Festival
  • Earth Garden
  • Ghanafest
  • Malta International Arts Festival
  • Farsons Beer Festival
  • Isle of MTV and Malta Music Week
  • Malta Jazz Festival
  • Glitch Festival
  • The Bubble

The US and Malta

Malta and the U.S.A enjoy good relations. They are close partners on regional issues concerning North Africa and Europe.
Malta currently hosts the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law. Malta has been an active partner in helping combat transnational crime in the Mediterranean.

The U.S. and Malta both belong to the following organizations

  • The United Nations
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

There are no direct flights to Malta from the U.S. There are however numerous flights from other European countries. Ferries are frequent and provide an alternative journey to Malta.
Malta makes an ideal single destination vacation spot: it is also practical to make it part of a multi-destination vacation.

Malta is a member of the Schengen group of countries. When the ETIAS scheme of travel authorization starts in 2021, all travelers with an ETIAS for one country will automatically be able to visit other countries within the Schengen zone.

Most countries within the E.U. are also members of the Schengen group.
This makes it entirely possible for travelers from the U.S.A. to experience the entire European tour in just one trip.

List of US diplomatic offices in Malta

The Embassy of USA in Malta

Address: Ta’ Qali National Park Attard, ATD 4000
Phone: (356) 2561 4000
Fax: (356) 21 243229
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Mark A. Schapiro – Ambassador

The Embassy of Malta in Washington, USA

Address: 2017 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Phone: (202) 462-3611
Fax: (202) 387-5470
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Keith Azzopardi – Ambassador

Consulate of Malta in Rhode Island, USA

Address: Newport Country Chamber of Commerce 35 Valley Road, Middletown, Rhode Island 02842, USA
Phone: 001(404) 234 3589
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Malta in Dallas, USA

Address: University of Texas at Dallas 800 Campbell Road, Mail Station SM24, Richardson TX 75080-3021
Phone: 001 (972) 883 4785
Fax: 001 (972) 883 4780
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Malta in Seattle, USA

Address: 2445 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL, 33022-2480
Phone: (954) 925.1100
Fax: (954) 925.1101
Email: [email protected]

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