Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Third-country nationals required to have a visa

The Amsterdam Treaty, which came into force on 1st May 1999 harmonised the visa rules applying to travel for non-EU nationals. EU Member States with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland which, on the basis of a protocol annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam, maintain autonomous visa, immigration and asylum policies are precluded from unilaterally determining the visa rules related to short-term stays for nationals of any third country.

Bound by Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, modified by Regulations (EC) No 2414/2001; No 453/2003; No 1932/2006; No 1244/2009, No 1091/2010, and No 1211/2010 the list of third-countries whose nationals are subject to the visa requirement, when travelling to Malta and/or any other EU Member State is as follows:

 

AFGHANISTAN

IRAQ

ST VINCENT and THE GRENADINES

ALBANIA (*)

JAMAICA

SUDAN

ALGERIA

JORDAN

SURINAME

ANGOLA

KAZAKHSTAN

SWAZILAND

ARMENIA

KENYA

SYRIA

AZERBAIJAN

KIRIBATI

TAJIKISTAN

BAHRAIN

KUWAIT

TANZANIA

BANGLADESH

KYRGYZSTAN

THAILAND

BELARUS

LAOS

TIMOR-LESTE

BELIZE

LEBANON

TOGO

BENIN

LESOTHO

TONGA

BHUTAN

LIBERIA

TRINDAD & TOBAGO

BOLIVIA

LIBYA

TUNISIA

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (*)

MADAGASCAR

TURKEY

BOTSWANA

MALAWI

TURKMENISTAN

BURKINA FASO

MALDIVES

TUVALU

BURMA/MYANMAR

MALI

UGANDA

BURUNDI

MARSHALL ISLANDS

UKRAINE

CAMBODIA

MAURITANIA

CAMEROON

MICRONESIA

UZBEKISTAN

CAPE VERDE

 

VANUATU

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP

MONGOLIA

VIETNAM

CHAD

MONTENEGRO (*)

YEMEN

CHINA

MOROCCO

ZAMBIA

COLOMBIA

MOZAMBIQUE

ZIMBABWE

COMOROS

NAMIBIA

 

CONGO

NAURU

 

COTE D’IVOIRE

NEPAL

 

CUBA

NIGER

 

DEM REP OF CONGO

NIGERIA

 

DJIBOUTI

NORTH KOREA

 

DOMINICA

OMAN

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

PAKISTAN

 

ECUADOR

PALAU

 

EGYPT

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

 

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

PERU

 

ERITREA

PHILIPPINES

 

ETHIOPIA

QATAR

 

FIJI

RUSSIA

 

FYROM (*)

RWANDA

 

GABON

SAMOA

 

GAMBIA

SAO TOME & PRINCIPE

 

GEORGIA

SAUDI ARABIA

 

GHANA

SENEGAL

 

GRENADA

SERBIA (excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava)) (*)

 

GUINEA

SIERRA LEONE

 

GUINEA-BISSAU

SOLOMON ISLANDS

 

GUYANA

SOMALIA

 

HAITI

SOUTH AFRICA

 

INDIA

SRI LANKA

 

INDONESIA

ST LUCIA

 

IRAN

 

 

 

Notes:

British Citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Purpose of community Law:

  • British Overseas Territories Citizens who do not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom
  • British Overseas Citizens
  • British Subjects who do not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom
  • British Protected Persons

 

Palestinian Authority

 

Kosovo (as defined by the United Nationals Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10th June 1999)

 

Taiwan (**)

 

Additional Notes:

A limited set of derogations and exceptions exist for specific categories of persons, notably on grounds of international law or custom. Member States may therefore exempt from the requirement to carry an EU visa, or reintroduce the visa obligation when they would otherwise be exempted, the following categories of persons:

·   holders of diplomatic passports, official duty passports and other official passports;

·   civilian air and sea crew;

·   flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers involved in disaster or emergency relief;

·   the civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters;

·   the holders of laissez-passer issued by some intergovernmental organisations to their officials.

(*) Bio-metric passport holders are exempted from the visa requirement. Visa facilitation agreement (VFA) continues to apply to holders of non-biometric passports.

 

(**) Nationals of Taiwan holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number are exempted from the visa requirement.


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