Last updated 20th July 2020

In light of Covid-19, Identity Malta has released a number of measures which seek to assist both third country nationals and EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, currently residing in Malta, with their respective obligations in terms of the Immigration Act and its subsidiary legislation. Hereunder please find a brief overview of the salient changes implemented by the Department of Citizenship and Expatriates.

Furthermore, in addition to the changes at the level of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriates, the Central Visa Unit has also implemented more rigid measures in light of the travel restrictions imposed, as touched upon hereunder.

  1. Third Country Nationals – Single Permit Applications

(i)        Identity Malta is still currently not accepting any new ‘still abroad’ Single Permit Applications, except for medical professionals (which includes personal home-based carers) and highly skilled individuals (i.e Key Employee Initiative Applications). However, third country nationals already legally residing in Malta and applying for a ‘change in job/change in employer’ application may still proceed to do so, even if not a medical professional or Key Employee Initiative applicant (subject to submitting the application within the required timeframes from termination, if applicable).

(ii)       Identity Malta Agency is engaged in discussions with its stakeholders in order to start reaccepting new single permit applications from Monday 3rd August 2020. Once new single permit applications reopen, applicants can submit an online application on and approvals will be granted without prejudice to any further approval that may be required by the Maltese Health Authorities, any visa requirements, especially if the applicant originates from a country where there is no facilitation yet for the issue of visa and any restrictions regarding travelling to Malta imposed by EU member states through which the applicant would need to transit in order to reach Malta.

(iii)     Third-country nationals employed as live-in carers and health care professionals, whose single permits are set to expire, may temporarily extend their single permit for a period of 3 months by sending an email to <medical.ima@gov.mt>.

(iv)      Third country nationals who are currently residing in Malta on the basis of an interim permit (more commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Paper’) may extend their interim permit by sending an email to <eresidence.ima@gov.mt>.  A confirmation of the extension must be received by the applicant. Applicants who visit the Department of Citizenship and Expatriates to extend their interim permit will not be served.

(v)       Expired approval letters in principles will be further extended and Identity Malta Agency will be communicating new letters with extended dates to successful single permit applicants who are still abroad and whose letter of approval in principle has expired. In light of this, applicants who were notified to proceed to Malta and were granted a visa from a Maltese mission abroad, which has now expired, will need to submit a new visa application. The reopening of visa centres highly depends on the general health situation in the concerned countries, whereby, both consulates and external visa service providers would need to be in a position to operate in line with any current or future EU recommendations as well as local Health Authorities regulations.

(vi)      Pending single permit applications which were put on hold in March 2020, are being reassessed, taking into consideration the labour market developments and requirements, and a final decision will be communicated soon.

  1. Third Country Nationals – Non-Work related Applications

Family members of third-country nationals and applicants for temporary residence permits should continue to send their request for a new application or renewal to via email.

  1. UK Nationals & Brexit

The process of issuing a new residency documents to UK nationals residing in Malta has now recommenced and a revised scheduled of zones will soon be issued. Beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement will be notified by post on their registered address.

  1. EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals & their Family Members

EU, EEA, Swiss nationals, and their family members should continue to send their request to register their residence or renew their residence document via email.

  1. Visa Applications

The Central Visa has now resumed full operations. The public is still requested to book an appointment beforehand.

Key Contacts:

Rosanne Bonnici, Partner, Head of the Tax & Immigration Department, rosanne.bonnici@fenlex.com

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