Malta’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians

Malta’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians
Valletta, Malta. Photo by Matt Graham.

Located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya, Malta is famous for its warm climate, laid-back lifestyle and its history & culture. Alongside the Maltese language, which reflecting the island’s geography is derived from Italian and Arabic, English is widely spoken in Malta because it was once a British colony.

The Maltese capital Valletta is located on the island of Malta, which is the main island. People also live on Gozo and Comino islands.

Msida Parish Church, Malta
Msida Parish Church, Malta. Photo by Christophe Faugere on Pexels.com.

If you’re an Australian (or New Zealander) aged between 18 and 30 years old, you can apply for a Maltese Working Holiday visa!

This visa allows you to live in Malta for up to 12 months and undertake temporary work to help fund your holiday. You can also take advantage of the country’s low-cost flights to travel freely between Malta and other Schengen Area countries during your stay as Malta is part of the European Union. With this visa, you can also visit other European Union countries for up to 90 out of every 180 days.

This page contains information about the Malta working holiday visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 24 August 2021.

As of July 2021, travel to Malta is permitted with proof of COVID-19 vaccination. See the Malta Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs website for more information about COVID-19 entry requirements.

Please note that you may need to apply for a travel restriction exemption from the Australian government to leave Australia at this time. Local lockdowns may also temporarily impact your ability to attend a Maltese mission in Australia for a visa appointment.

Key facts about Malta

  • Population: Approx. 500,000
  • Official languages: Maltese, English
  • Capital city: Valletta
  • Currency: Euro
Malta from the air
Malta island. Photo by Matt Graham.

Malta Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

To apply for a Maltese Working Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have a return ticket to Malta or enough money to buy one
  • Have enough money to support yourself during the initial period of your stay
  • Have adequate travel insurance
  • Are in good health and have no criminal record

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Are travelling to Malta to study, except Maltese language courses

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a Maltese working holiday visa as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Visa application form
  • Recent passport-sized photo
  • Return plane ticket (or evidence of enough money to buy one)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself initially (e.g. bank statement/s, credit cards or cash, etc.)
  • Proof of travel insurance

Your travel insurance must be valid in the entire Schengen Area and provide at least the equivalent of €30,000 (approx. AUD48,000) coverage for emergency medical treatment, hospitalisation and repatriation costs. See the Identity Malta website for more information about supporting documents for Maltese visa applications.

Please note that this information may change at any time. Check with the embassy or consulate before applying.

A visa fee may apply.

How to apply for a Maltese Working Holiday Visa

If you’re an Australian citizen, you’ll need to apply for your Working Holiday Visa in-person at one of the Maltese missions in Australia. You should apply between 1-3 months before you intend to travel to Malta. It normally takes around 15 days to process the application, although this may take longer in rare cases.

You’ll need to make an appointment well in advance to apply for your working holiday visa at the relevant Maltese mission in Australia. You can lodge your visa application in person at any of the following locations:

  • Maltese High Commission in Canberra
  • Maltese Consulate General in Sydney
  • Maltese Consulate General in Melbourne

Contact details and further information is available on this PDF document on the High Commission of Malta in Australia’s website. You can also contact your nearest consular office directly to request more information about the current visa requirements.


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