Malta: Border Control Services
In virtue of the Immigration Act, the Commissioner of the Malta Police is designated as Principal Immigration Officer. The Malta Police are therefore responsible for all issues relating to legal and illegal immigration including border control. The National Focal Point of Contact for Frontex lies within the Malta Police Immigration Section. The Armed Forces of Malta is tasked with the control of Malta’s maritime borders on behalf of the Principal Immigration Officer. By means of a legal notice, officers within the AFM have been given similar executive powers in order to be in a position to perform their role effectively. Specifically the Armed Forces are responsible for the blue border control, a task covered through their maritime and air assets. The Malta Customs is also a designated border control authority and is primarily responsible for movement of goods. However, close relations and cooperation is ensured with the other authorities at points of entries.