MALTA'S ADOPTION OF THE SCHENGEN AREA TREATY
agreement was first signed in 1985 between just Germany, France and the
Benelux countries in the small Luxembourg border town of Schengen. Since
1999, it has been integrated into EU law and therefore applies to all EU
countries (although the UK and Ireland opted to stay out).
The scope of the Schengen Agreement is to remove all controls on persons
at internal borders between Member States and to harmonise controls at the
EU’s external borders.
Full membership of Malta in the EU means that visas for entry into Malta
will also be a valid permit for entry into the EU (normally, for up to
three months). Once a person enters Malta, he or she would have freedom of
movement within the EU countries that are part of Schengen.
Malta becomes a full member of the European Union from 1st May 2004 and
has opted to form part of the Schengen Area Agreement. The adoption
of this treaty by Malta is likely to be implemented during the year 2005.
Malta Permanent Residence Permits