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Complete guide to obtaining a Malta visa as a tourist, the requirements, the application steps, and FAQs

To travel to Malta as a tourist, you may need a tourist visa.

The Malta tourist visa (also known as a Schengen visa), allows the holder to travel to Malta and all other countries in the Schengen area for a period of three months.

This article will help you understand the steps you need to take to apply for a Malta tourist visa. You will learn about the requirements, how to apply, and how to receive a visa.

Is Malta Part of Schengen Visa?

Yes, Malta is a part of the Schengen Agreement, meaning that if you apply for a Malta visa, you will be able to visit the other 25 other countries that are a part of the Schengen area.

This is why the Malta tourist visa is also referred to as a Malta Schengen visa.

Maltese Schengen visas are issued for the following reasons:

  • Tourism
  • Family visit
  • Business
  • Medical purposes.
  • Other short trips.

Do I Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Malta?

Malta is part of the Schengen Agreement, so citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, and other countries who have a visa-free agreement with Schengen do not need a visa to visit Malta. These tourists can visit Malta visa-free for up to 90 days.

Anyone from a country without a visa agreement with Schengen will need a visa to visit Malta. They can apply for a short-term visa or a long-term visa deepening on the time frame they plan to stay and visit Malta.

Malta Schengen Visa Requirements

When applying for a tourist visa for Malta you need to collect a few documents, such as:

  • A valid passport. The passport must be valid at least six months after the return date and have at least three blank pages.
  • The application form. Fully signed and completed application form. Make sure you do not leave any questions unanswered.
  • Proof of visa fee payment. In most cases, this is the receipt of the visa fee payment. When submitting the documents, you must make the payment to the embassy or consulate.
  • Two passport pictures. Photos must be taken within the last six months and follow the Schengen Photo Guidelines.
  • Cover letter. The cover letter has to explain the purpose of your visit to Malta, how many days you will stay, where you will stay, etc.
  • Bank statement. Your financial statements for the last six months this document is proof that you will be able to finance yourself while staying in Malta.
  • Hotel reservation. Document proof that you have a place to stay while in Malta. It can be a hotel reservation, a letter from a friend, a family member, etc.
  • Schengen Visa Insurance. Documents proving that you have travel insurance covering the whole Schengen area. You must have at least €30,000 coverage for your medical problems that can happen while traveling.
  • Airplane ticket for your flight home. Proof that after your visit you vill turn to your home country. That document can be a flight ticket or a flight itinerary.

How to Apply for a Malta Schengen Visa?

When applying for a Malta Schengen (tourist) visa, follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Maltese embassy.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Pay for the application fee.
  4. Collect the required documents.
  5. Wait for a response.

Contact the Maltese Embassy or a Visa Application Center

Ensure you find the nearest Maltese embassy in your country and contact them to book an appointment. The appointment is needed to apply and receive your visa in time.

If the embassy has outsourced visa applications to an agency such as VFS, the visa application center will accept your documents and forward them to the Maltese embassy for approval.

Depending on the time you plan to travel, make sure you book an appointment for your visa before departing because there can be delays with your visa.

Fill Out the Application Form

You must complete the unified Schengen visa form when applying for a Malta tourist visa. When completing the form, make sure you write sincere responses and do not leave any blank spaces. You can find the form online or pick it up in person at the embassy or visa application center.

Pay For the Application Fee

The final step for the application form is the payment fee. The payment needs to be made when submitting the application form to the consulate or Malta embassy in your hometown.

The Malta embassy will direct you to where you can pay the application fee. Make sure you take your receipt with you after the payment because you can use it as a document as proof of your payment for the application fee.

Collect the Documents for Malta Schengen Visa

When applying for a Malta Schengen tourist visa, you are obligated to submit all the requested documents.

Note: All documents must be verified and translated into English or Maltese. Make sure you submit all the requested documents. Any missing document can lead to your visa refusal.

Wait For a Response

The Malta Schengen visa processing time for a visa is seven days after you apply or within 60 days after applying, depending on what time you apply and depending on your case.

You shall receive a text message or an email notifying you of the decision and to collect your passport.

Note: Make sure you fulfill all the requested steps to receive your visa in time and make sure you apply on time.

Malta Tourist Visa Fee

The fee for a Malta Schengen visa is as follows, depending on your age and from what country you come from:

  • €80 – the standard visa fee.
  • €40 – for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.
  • €35 – for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia.

You can make the payment at the Maltese embassy or visa application center. Whether you have to pay by cash or bank transfer depends on the embassy processing your application.

You are exempted from the Malta visa fee payment if you are:

  • A citizen from EU/EEA/Swiss.
  • Scientists travel with the purpose of research.
  • A student that is traveling for school trips.

How Long Can I Stay in Malta With a Schengen Visa?

A Malta Schengen visa is issued for 90 days. Malta applies the 90/180 rule of counting the days you can stay. There are two types of Schengen visas that can be issued with the following conditions:

  • Single-entry: You can enter Malta and the Schengen Area once for the validity of the visa.
  • Multiple-entry: You can enter Malta and the Schengen Area as many times as you want for the validity of the visa.

If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you must apply for a long-term visa that will allow you to stay in Malta for a year.

With a Malta visa, you will be able to visit 25 other Schengen countries. 

Can I Extend a Malta Schengen Visa?

Yes, you can extend your Malta Schengen visa but only in some exceptional cases.

  • Strong personal reason. For example, the death of a friend or family member.
  • Natural disasters. A natural disaster preventing you rom travelling to your home country and out of Malta.
  • Political issues. In case your country is facing some serious political issues preventing you from returning, or which would endanger you if you were to return.

If you are not facing a critical problem, for you to extend your Malta Schengen visa, you must return to your hometown and apply for the visa again.

Can I Study in Malta With a Schengen Visa?

Yes, you can study in Malta with a Schengen visa. However, with a short-term visa, you will be able to study in Malta only for a short period of 90 days within 180 days. If you want to study in Malta for a longer time, you must apply for a Malta student visa.

Can I Work in Malta With a Schengen Visa?

It is not possible to work with a tourist visa. If you want to work in Malta, you must apply for a valid Malta work visa which has its own requirements.

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