U.S. Relations With Malta

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Fact Sheet
October 27, 2016

More information about Malta is available on the Malta Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


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. 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; coordinating humanitarian aid to the people of Libya; and providing general assistance to forces of nations involved in enforcement of UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.

U.S. Assistance to Malta

The U.S. foreign assistance to Malta currently provides International Military Education & Training (IMET) funding. In the past, it included foreign military financing (FMF) grants and other defense assistance allowing for the acquisition of U.S. security related equipment, services and training. Under a refugee resettlement program, over 1,600 refugees who originally arrived in Malta have been resettled to the United States from Malta since the resettlement program began in 2007.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States has been supportive of Malta's campaign to attract private investment. A number of U.S. companies are operating in Malta. These include major hotels, light manufacturing and repair facilities, pharmaceutical and medical supply firms, and some offices servicing local and regional operations. In an effort 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.

Malta's Membership in International Organizations

Malta became a member of the United Nations in 1964 following independence from the United Kingdom. Malta and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the UN, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Malta is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Partnership for Peace. Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004, and is also a member of the Euro single currency and the Schengen Agreement to abolish border checks among some EU member states and neighbors.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Malta is G. Kathleen Hill; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Malta maintains an embassy in the United States at 2017 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202-462-3611).

More information about Malta is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Malta Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Malta Page
U.S. Embassy: Malta
History of U.S. Relations With Malta
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Travel and Business Information