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Malta – Visas

Visa Regulations for Entering Malta

A short-stay visa (Type C) is required for stays in Malta of up to three months. It is issued for the purpose of tourism, business, study, or medical treatment. To apply for a short-stay visa, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A valid passport or travel document

  • Two recent passport-sized photos

  • A completed visa application form

  • A letter of invitation from the host in Malta, if applicable

  • Proof of financial means, such as a bank statement or pay slips

  • Proof of accommodation in Malta, such as a hotel reservation or a rental agreement

  • A return ticket or proof of onward travel

  • Proof of medical insurance

  • Proof of the purpose of the trip, such as a business invitation or a letter of enrolment in a course of study.

  • A long-stay visa (Type D) is required for stays in Malta of over three months. It is issued for the purpose of work, study, research, family reunion, or any other purpose that requires a stay of longer than three months. To apply for a long-stay visa, applicants must submit the following documents:

    • A valid passport or travel document
    • Two recent passport-sized photos
    • A completed visa application form
    • A letter of invitation from the host in Malta, if applicable
    • Proof of financial means, such as a bank statement or pay slips
    • Proof of accommodation in Malta, such as a rental agreement
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • Proof of the purpose of the trip, such as a job offer or a letter of enrolment in a course of study.

    Visa Exemptions in Malta

    Nationals of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens do not require a visa to enter Malta for stays of up to three months. They can enter Malta with a valid passport or national ID card.

    Relationship between Visas and Residency Status in Malta


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    A long-stay visa (Type D) is the first step in obtaining residency status in Malta. Once the visa has been granted, the holder must apply for a Residence Permit within eight days of arrival in Malta. The Residence Permit is a document that certifies the holder’s right to reside in Malta for the duration of the visa. The Residence Permit can be renewed annually, provided that the holder continues to meet the requirements for residency in Malta.

    Reliable Information on Visas for Entry into Malta

    For reliable information on visas for entry into Malta, expats can consult the official website of the Maltese government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security. These websites provide information on the visa requirements, the application process, and the fees for each type of visa.

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    Visitors from most countries require a visa to enter Malta for stays longer than 90 days. The best time to apply for a visa is 4-6 weeks before your planned trip to Malta. You can apply for a visa at the nearest Maltese embassy or consulate in your country.

    Where to Apply for a Visa for Malta

    US expats can apply for a visa at the Maltese Embassy in Washington, D.C. or at the Maltese Consulate in New York. UK expats can apply at the Maltese High Commission in London.

    Relevant Documents for Malta

    The following documents are required to apply for a visa for Malta:

    • A completed visa application form
    • A valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining
    • Two recent passport-sized photographs
    • Proof of accommodation in Malta
    • Proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of stay
    • Travel itinerary
    • Health insurance covering the entire duration of stay

    Translations are necessary for documents not in English or Maltese.

    Additional information on required documents can be found on the official website of the Maltese Ministry foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Consular-Services/Visa-Requirements.aspx

    Visa Application Processing Time for Malta

    The processing time for a visa for Malta varies depending on the country and the time of year. On average, the processing time is 15 working days.

    Visa Application Cost for Malta

    The visa fee for Malta is €60. There may be additional costs for visa processing services or for health insurance, if required. It is recommended to check with the relevant embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information on visa fees and associated costs.


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