General Consular Affairs

General Consular Affairs

In recent years, there was a considerable increase in the number of Maltese nationals travelling abroad for business or leisure. While this is a positive sign, it has also brought about a new set of challenges and a significant increase in requests for consular assistance, the majority of which could be easily avoided if travellers are properly guided about what to do prior to travel. 

Consular assistance is regulated by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and consists of an array of consular issues related but not limited to cases taking place abroad and involving Maltese nationals. Issues range from loss/stolen or expired passports to hospitalisation and deaths, violence and criminal offence, family disputes and deportation of Maltese nationals. 

Further, consular assistance also include legal matters in the form of notifications on maritime contraventions, transmission and processing of rogatory letters, EFTA Court documentation, information related to deaths/incidents of foreign nationals, documentation for request for transfer of sentenced persons, transfer or request for extradition of local/foreign nationals. 

The General Consular Affairs Unit which forms part of the Client Service Office (CSO) also handles requests received by foreign missions to visit foreign inmates at the Corradino Correctional Facilities and the setting up of polling stations in Malta by Embassies for foreigners living in Malta to be able to vote in elections taking place in their homeland. 

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Valletta, VLT 1133

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