Concerning the news-article reported in British daily newspaper The Sun and other newspapers over the past few days, on the number of passports issued, the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta wishes to make the following clarifications.

Firstly, it is incorrect to state that “only three passports are in circulation” as reported. In 2016 in fact, the Sovereign Order of Malta issued 155 passports. In total, about 500 passports are currently in circulation.