British holidaymakers will have to pay €7 to visit Malta if Brexit goes ahead.
The new fee will take effect in 2021, as soon as the EU’s free movement laws no longer apply in the UK.
The European Commission also confirmed that Brits will have to complete a European Travel Information and Authorization System application before they go abroad.
This will allow them to travel anywhere in the EU, including Malta, for a three-year period.
Officials in Brussels said the form will take about 10 minutes to complete, with 95 percent of travellers expected to get a positive answer almost instantly and all others getting a response within four weeks.
The details needed for the application form will include passport information as well as background questions about criminal records or medical conditions.
The news could also lead to a renewed surge in applications for Maltese passports by British citizens.
Earlier in 2018, 89.7 Bay revealed that Maltese passport applications from UK citizens had more than doubled in 12 months.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a prominent opponent of Brexit, was furious after learning of the €7 fee.
She said the issue was ‘not so much the amount of money’ but ‘the principle’.
She tweeted: ‘Automatic VISA free travel across Europe will no longer be a right we can take for granted if Brexit goes ahead. What a sad, retrograde step.’
The issue here is not so much the amount of money – it is the principle. Automatic VISA free travel across Europe will no longer be a right we can take for granted if Brexit goes ahead. What a sad, retrograde step. https://t.co/0mUCYYthZv
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 14, 2018