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Step by step guide to obtaining a visa for Malta

This article will help you understand the Malta visa application process and the steps you need to take to apply for a visa.

Where Can I Apply for a Malta Visa?

You can apply for a Malta visa at the embassy or consulate of Malta in your country. If there is no Malta diplomatic representation in your country, you can apply for a visa at one of the following locations:

  • The embassy or consulate of another Schengen country that represents consular affairs of Malta.
  • The Malta embassy or consulate in a neighboring or nearby country.
  • At a visa application center. Occasionally, embassies delegate visa applications to private agencies, such as VFS. In this case, the visa application center will accept your application and forward it to the embassy for approval.

You must submit your application in the country where you live or have citizenship status; this can change if the embassy requires you to submit your application in another country. 

How to Apply for a Malta Visa?

To apply for a Malta Visa, follow these steps:

  1. Book an Appointment With the Malta Embassy.
  2. Prepare all the Required Documents.
  3. Fill Out the Application Form.
  4. Submit your Malta Visa Application.
  5. Pay the Malta Visa Application Fee.

Book an Appointment With the Malta Embassy

Most of the time, applicants must have an in-person meeting appointment. As applicable, you can make your appointment at the Malta consulate or a visa application center. 

Prepare all the Required Documents 

Make sure to collect all the required documents. If you are under the age of 18, in addition to the standard required documents, you are obligated to provide a few additional requirements.

  • Valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the return date and must have two blank pages. Include copies of previous visas (if any). 
  • Application form. Make sure you complete the Malta application form with all your correct information and sign it at the end. You can obtain a Malta application form at the website of the embassy of Malta, in the embassy or consulate, or at a visa application center. Do not leave any blank spaces. 
  • Two photos. The photos must be taken within six months and must be in passport-sized size 3.5 X 4.5cm. Follow the Schengen photo guidelines. 
  • Biometric data or (fingerprints). You must submit your fingerprints at the consulate or embassy when submitting the documents. 
  • Fee payment. Pay for the application fee and attach the receipt to your documents. You can make the payment at the embassy or consulate. 
  • Travel health insurance. Valid health insurance within the whole Schengen area for the entire duration of your staying in Malta. 
  • Scans of your ID card, older Schengen visa (if any), and residence permit if relevant.
  • A cover letter. The cover letter must explain the purpose and timeline of your visit to Malta. 
  • Proof of accommodation. Document proof that you have a place to stay while being in Malta. It can be a rental agreement, hotel reservation, invitation letter from a family member or friend, etc. 
  • Invitation letter. The invitation letter is a document written by the application’s host, proving that the applicant has a place to stay for the whole period of being in Malta.  

Fill Out the Application Form

You must fill out the Malta application form sincerely and with all the needed personal information. You can obtain an application form at one of the Maltas embassies, consulates, or application centers in your home country. 

Submit your Malta Visa Application 

Make sure you submit all the requested documents when applying for a visa in Malta. You must personally submit all the requested documents to the embassy, consulate, or visa application center. 

The documents need to be filled with all your correct information. Any false information can lead to your visa rejection. 

Pay the Malta Visa Application Fee

After you fully complete and finish your application, you will need to make the payment for your Malta visa fee.  

Family members of EU citizens, holders of diplomatic or service passports, traveling for official purposes, researchers traveling to perform scientific research, or children younger than six years of age are exempt from the application fee.

Note: If your visa is rejected or denied, there can’t be a refund on the money you have paid.

Malta Visa Application Interview Questions

The most common questions asked during an interview for a Malta visa are:

  1. Are you married? If yes, how long have you been married?
  2. Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they?
  3. Are you traveling with someone else?
  4. Can you reschedule a shorter trip? Why do you need a three-month visa?
  5. Can you show your bank statement?
  6. What do you do in your living country?
  7. Do you have a job-leave approval letter from your employer?
  8. What is the purpose of your visit?
  9. Do you have any family members or friends living in Malta?
  10. Is this your first time in Malta?
  11. I don’t think you will come back. What is your comment?
  12. How much do you earn?

Entering Malta After Receiving a Visa

You must enter Malta before your visa expires. Make sure you take all your identity documents with you. With a Malta visa, you are free to visit other Schengen countries as well, but you have to enter Malta first, and then you can visit other Schengen countries from there.

If you have applied for a Malta long-stay (national) visa,  make sure you visit the Expatriates Unit of the local Identity Malta Agency three days after entering Malta to apply for a temporary residence permit. 

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