Malta and the United States established full diplomatic relations upon Malta’s independence in 1964. The government enjoys close relations with the United States and is a close partner on regional issues involving North Africa and Europe. Malta currently hosts the U.S.-cosponsored International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law and has been an active partner in combatting transnational crime in the Mediterranean, most recently through the U.S.-Malta partnership on the Central Mediterranean Security Initiative. During the period of unrest in Libya that began in February 2011, Malta played an important role in supporting evacuation of third-country nationals, including Americans.
U.S. Assistance to Malta
The United States currently provides International Military Education & Training (IMET) and Section 333 Authority to Build Capacity funding to Malta.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States has been supportive of Malta’s campaign to attract private investment, and U.S. companies operate in Malta. These include major hotels, light manufacturing and repair facilities, commercial banknote printing facilities, healthcare management, pharmaceutical and medical supply firms, and offices servicing local and regional operations. To boost trade relations, the United States and Malta signed a double taxation agreement in 2008, which came into force in 2011. Malta joined the Visa Waiver Program in 2008. This program allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States visa-free for tourist and business purposes for stays under 90 days.