Malta Citizenship

Citizenship Laws for the Republic of Malta

CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship for the Republic of Malta is based upon the 1964 Constitution, as amended, and the Maltese Citizenship Act (UKC-Commonwealth Nation).


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BY BIRTH: Malta grants birth-right citizenship to the following individuals:

  • Persons born within the territory of Malta between September 21, 1964 and January 8, 1989, regardless of the parents’ nationality.
  • Persons born within the territory of Malta on or before September 21, 1964 to a Maltese-born parent.

Persons born on or after January 8, 1989 within the territory of Malta do not automatically acquire Maltese citizenship by descent.

BY DESCENT: Malta grants citizenship by descent to the following individuals:

  • Persons born on or before September 21, 1964 outside the territory of Malta and whose father or paternal grandparents were born in Malta and who were also citizens of the United Kingdom Colonies (UKC).
  • Persons born between September 21, 1964 and January 8, 1989 outside the territory of Malta and whose father was a citizen of Malta.
  • Persons born or after January 8, 1989 outside the territory of Malta and who has at least one parent that is a citizen of Malta.
  • Persons born between September 21, 1964 and January 8, 1989 outside the territory of Malta and whose mother is a citizen of Malta; conditional citizenship circumstances – please contact the Maltese Embassy.

REGISTRATION: A foreign national who marries a citizen of Malta is eligible to register for Maltese citizenship.

BY NATURALISATION: Malta grants citizenship to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Person is 18 years or older
  • Person has resided in Malta for at least five years
  • Person has renounced previous citizenship

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Dual citizenship is not recognised by the Republic of Malta. However, there are exceptions, as outlined below:

  • Persons who were born abroad and who obtain citizenship of the birth country are allowed to maintain dual citizenship until the age of 19. They must then renounce their foreign citizenship between the ages of 19 and 20; otherwise, their Maltese citizenship will be revoked.
  • Certain native-born Maltese emigrants are eligible to obtain dual citizenship. Please contact the Maltese Embassy for any queries.

MALTA LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:

VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Maltese citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Maltese Embassy for further information and the required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: Persons who voluntarily acquire a foreign citizenship automatically have their Maltese citizenship revoked.