Malta is an exciting and beautiful place to live, work, and study. Depending on the purpose of your visit, there are different visas for Malta.
Do I Need a Visa to Go to Malta?
Malta is a Schengen visa country, which means that you do not need a visa for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes, if:
- You are an EU/EEA/Schengen citizen.
- You are a citizen of a country with a visa-free agreement with Schengen, such as the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, etc.
For more information, see who needs a Schengen visa to visit Malta.
Types of Malta Visas
Depending on the reason why you are traveling, you have different Malta visas, such as:
- Malta Schengen Visa. If you are from a country that is not exempt from visa requirements, you will need a Malta Schengen visa for a short trip that lasts fewer than 90 days. With a Malta Schengen visa, you will also be able to visit other Schengen countries.
- Malta Transit Visa. The Malta transit visa is issued to travelers who must transit in Malta while trying to arrive at their final destination. You don’t need a transit visa if you already have a Schengen visa or a residence permit from another Schengen country. If you are a citizen or a family member of EU/EEA/Swiss or a diplomatic passport holder, you are also exempt from the transit visa requirement.
- Malta Work Visa. Everyone who is not from the EU/EEA/Switzerland needs a Malta work visa to be able to work in Malta. The work visa will allow you to work and stay in Malta for one year and can be renewed for the duration of your work contract. To apply for a Malta work visa, you must submit a work contract and letter of confirmation from the company hiring you.
- Malta Student Visa. All citizens outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland need to apply for a Maltese study visa and a residence permit to pursue a study course longer than three months in Malta. If you are an international student from a Schengen visa-exempt country, you do not need a visa to study in Malta for 90 days. However, if you decide to study there for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit for your studies. With a residence permit, you can stay in Malta for the whole duration of your course.
- Malta Family Visa. You can apply for a Malta family visa if you are the spouse, partner, or the minor child of someone living in Malta (such as a Maltese citizen or a residence permit holder). The Malta family reunification visa allows you to live with your family member in Malta and grants you the same rights as any other temporary resident.
- Malta Retirement Visa. You can apply for a retirement Malta visa if you want to be retired in Malta.
- Malta Nomad Visa. If you want to work remotely while legally residing in Malta, you can get a Malta nomad residence permit. Initially, the permit will be for one year, and then you can extend your application as long as you fulfill all required conditions.
- Malta Golden Visa. A Malta Golden Visa is a way to get Maltese citizenship through investment in Malta.
Difference Between Malta Schengen Visa and Long-Term Visa
A Schengen visa allows you to have a short-term stay, tourism, business, or family visits for up to 90 days within six months. Meanwhile, a long-term visa lets you stay in Malta for 365 days. You can get a long-stay visa for a family reunion, work, or even education.
If you plan to stay even longer than one year, you need to apply for a Malta residence permit.
Required Documents for Malta Visa
The required documents for a Malta visa application include the following.
- Valid passport. The passport must be valid at least three months after the return date, with two blank pages. Include a copy of your previous visas (if any).
- Visa application form. Make sure you fully complete the visa application form. If you fill out the application form electronically, must download it and print a hard copy of the application.
- Two recent passport-size pictures. Your photos must be attached to the application form. For further information, follow the Schengen visa photo guidelines.
- Confirmed flight ticket. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before being sure that you got the visa; a booked flight itinerary is enough in most cases.
- Travel medical insurance. You need to purchase Schengen travel insurance for a Malta visa with at least €30,000 coverage in Malta and the entire Schengen Area.
- Cover letter. The letter must explain the purpose of your stay, including the date and flight time, the purpose of your visit, etc.
- Proof of your hotel reservation. Document proof that you have a place to stay while being in Malta.
- Bank account statement. Proof that you are financially stable and can afford your stay in Malta. You must prove you have at least €48 for each day you plan to stay in Malta.
- Proof of paid visa fee. You can pay your application fee at the embassy or consulate in cash/card when submitting the application.
A more detailed list of the required documents for Malta visa can be found here.
Malta Visa Fee
You can make the payment when submitting the documents to the embassy or consulate of Malta. After finishing the payment, attach the recipe to your application form. The embassy will direct you to where you can make the payment. The fee for a Malta visa application is:
- 80€ for adults.
- 40€ for children 6-12 years of age
- 35€ for nations (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia Citizens).
Malta Visa Application Process
To apply for a visa for Malta, you should follow these steps:
- Contact the nearest Malta Diplomatic Mission. You can find the list of consulates responsible for your jurisdiction here.
- Book an appointment. After contacting the embassy, you must book an appointment to submit your visa application.
- Complete the Malta Visa Application Form. The application form must be fully completed with your correct and personal information. Make sure you sign it at the end. You can obtain the form from the Maltese embassy or consulate, or the visa application center.
- Collect the required documents. You must collect all the requested documents before your appointment, so you can submit the completed checklist to the Maltese embassy.
- Submit the application and pay the visa fee. On the day you submit your application, you must make the payment of the application fee.
- Wait for the visa to process. You will receive a notification by email or SMS when your decision for your visa application has been returned, and this usually takes 15 days. Still, it can take longer depending on the situation.
Processing Time for a Malta Visa Application
A Malta visa application takes seven to fifteen days to process. However, depending on the time you apply or your specific case, the processing time can be extended. For example, if you are asked to provide additional documents or at a particularly busy time for visa applications (e.g., during the holidays).
If you are a family member of the EU, your application will be reviewed as soon as possible.
What Can I Do If My Application Is Rejected?
If your application for a Maltese Schengen visa has been rejected, then you can:
- Appeal the decision. The visa rejection letter will have information on how you can appeal the decision if you believe it was unjust.
- Re-apply for a new visa.
The main reasons why a Malta visa could be rejected include: you had an incomplete application, you had insufficient funds, or you did not convince the visa officers that you would not overstay your visa.
How Long Can I Stay in Malta With a Visa?
The duration of a Malta visa depends on the type of visa you are applying for:
- A short-term (Schengen) visa allows you to stay in Malta for 90 days in one year.
- A long-term (national) visa lets you stay in Malta for 365 days.
Note: With both types of visas, you can visit other Schengen countries as long as your valid visa.
Staying in Malta Longer Than Three Months
If you plan to stay in Malta longer than three months, you can:
- Apply for an extension of your visa. Your visa can be extended if there is any natural disaster in your home country. The visa holder has proof of force or humanitarian reasons or holds a solemn explanation of personal reasons stopping them from leaving the country.
- Apply for a long-stay D visa at Malta’s diplomatic missions or consular posts. The long-stay visas allow you to stay in Malta longer than 90 days, with multiple entries.