Maltese Passport: 54 main applicants have been awarded Malta citizenship in 2015


In 2015, out of 578 applications, 54 applicants met all the requirements of the Malta Individual Investor Programme Regulations and have received the Malta citizenship.

Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, explained said that a total of 476 applicants provided all the necessary documentation and passed to the second phase of scrutiny. In the meantime, 147 of them were approved and 54 had been through the whole process and were granted Maltese citizenship in 2015.

If you would like to learn more about the Malta Citizenship by Investment programme, click here. 

Visa-free access to 168 countries through the Maltese Passport

According to Henley & Partners' Visa Restrictions Index, released in February 2016, the Maltese passport gives, to its holders, visa-free access to 168 countries all around the world.

The Index ranked 199 countries according to the travel freedom that they offer to their citizens out of a possible 218 countries. Data used by the Index were provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In order to evaluate the countries and their passports, the various nationalities were awarded points based on the number of other countries their citizens could travel to without a visa, as of January 1. 2016.

If you would like to see the list of visa-free jurisdictions, click here.