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Visas for Malta can take up to 12 weeks to be processed. We recommend applying as soon as possible to guarantee that your visa for Malta is issued in time for your trip.
There are various types of visas that may apply to your trip to Malta, depending on the reason for your visit. Whether you intend to visit friends or family, study or work, or live there permanently, you must apply for a particular kind of Malta Visa.
Malta Visa Types
Malta Schengen C-Visas
A Schengen Visa is an official travel document. It allows a person to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. For stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen area consists of 27 European countries. The area mostly acts as a single jurisdiction for international travel with a common visa policy.
Nationals of some countries, which have not yet reached a liberalization agreement will need to obtain this travel authorization before arrival in Europe.
Malta National D-Visas
You must apply for a residency permit or national D-Visa, rather than a Malta Schengen Visa if you plan to stay in Malta for more than 90 days.
Your long-stay visa must be for a period of three months to one year, regardless of the length of your anticipated stay. You must apply for a residence permit at a prefecture in order to prolong your stay beyond the duration of your visa.
The long-stay visa is comparable to a Schengen visa throughout its validity term, allowing you to travel and remain in the Schengen area outside of Malta for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, under the same circumstances as if you had a Schengen visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that can visit the Schengen zone without a visa, then you may travel visa-free and apply for your national visa / residence permit from within the country you wish to stay in long-term.
Malta Schengen Visa Purposes
One of the most well-known reasons for visiting the Schengen zone is for tourism. However there are many reasons you can list as your travel purpose on your application such as:
Visiting Family or Friends.
Business - Many individuals travel to and from the Schengen nations on a regular basis for business.
Medical reasons — For heading to any of the Schengen member states for medical treatment.
Students and learners.
Cultural, Sports, and Film Crews.
Malta Visa Process
Once you have completed the online form and submitted your details, your information will be reviewed and your application will enter processing. Any mistakes or un-clear information will be clarified or corrected to ensure no issues arise during your application.
An appointment must be scheduled to lodge your application, but first we will check the availability and advise accordingly. You must gather a selection of required documentation to prove you have sufficient financial means to support yourself, as well as evidence of your accommodation and flights to and from the country. We can ensure your visa application goes smoothly, however, entrance to the Schengen zone is not guaranteed.
Because interview wait periods vary by location, season, and visa type, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. We will advise on the appointment wait time at the place where you’ll be applying.
Entry To Malta
There are no COVID-19 limitations on travel from Ireland to Malta. There is no necessity to produce immunisation or testing certifications for COVID-19. Travel requirements are a policy choice made by the Maltese authorities; anyone considering travel to Malta should check with the local authorities for the most recent information regarding entry requirements for foreign travellers.
Regarding the possibility of terrorist attacks in European cities, Irish residents are advised to heed the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise heightened caution, particularly when attending big public rallies or other packed events. At any time, attacks could target tourist sites, restaurants, transportation hubs, or other public spaces.
A Malta Schengen visa enables a foreign person to go to a Schengen port-of-entry (usually an airport) and request permission to enter the country.
We can ensure your visa application goes smoothly, however, entrance to the Schengen zone is not guaranteed.
Schengen Member Countries (Malta)
The Schengen area is a zone in which 27 European countries including Malta have abolished their internal borders to allow for free and unrestricted movement of people, while also adhering to common rules for controlling external borders and combating criminality by bolstering the common judicial system and police cooperation.
Except for Ireland and the nations that will soon be part of the Schengen Area; Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus, the Schengen Area encompasses the majority of EU countries. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein are all members of the Schengen zone despite not being EU members.
Schengen visas are utilised by business persons, tourists, speciality workers, and students who want to stay in Malta for a limited time for specific travel purposes. Those who apply for a Schengen visa must show the Visa Application Centre that they intend to leave the Schengen Zone at the end of their temporary stay.
For detailed information on specific parts of the Malta visa process, you can refer to the links in the table on the right to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
Other EU Visa Types
A Schengen visa is required for any third national wishing to enter Malta or any of the other 27 countries in the Schengen agreement. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in the country.
Once you submit an application, it will go through our 8 point check to ensure there will be no issues with your authorization. Sometimes it can take up to 72 hours to schedule your consultation call with the attorney but you will be kept up to date from the moment your application is submitted. You will receive all updates to the email address you present on your application and you may contact us at any time if you have any queries.
Typically, applications are reviewed between seven and fifteen days after submission. In exceptional cases, the review period can be extended to up to sixty days. In certain cases, the review period can be extended to up to thirty days.
People Also Asked...
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally your first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
A Malta Visa is valid for all 27 of the Schengen countries which you can see in the table further up this page.
You can expect an update on Visa Applications within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.
Original private bank statement indicating transactions in the last three months, duly stamped and signed by the bank; acknowledgment of Indian income tax return for the last two assessment years.
Malta is one of the more challenging nations from which to obtain a Schengen visa, with just under 15% of applications being denied.
The most common reasons for visa denial are that the necessary documents were not supplied, that they were not presented in the correct order, that the applicant has adequate cash to pay the cost of travel, and that the applicant has a past criminal record that was not reported.
Some instances that can cause a delay in the processing time for a Malta Visit Visa: A sudden demand for visas. Incorrect paperwork or information. A sudden pandemic (like COVID-19).
Yes, Indian citizens who wish to work in Malta require a Work Visa. Indians may also require a Malta Work Permit, which frequently necessitates that their employer submit specific documentation on their behalf.
The D visa permits foreign nationals to stay longer than three months in Malta. This is the visa required for foreign workers to reside and work in Malta for an extended duration. In addition to a visa for long-term stays, overseas workers will need a work permit. This permit is known as an employment licence in Malta.
Yes, Malta is a member of the Schengen Agreement, which means that if you apply for a Malta visa, you will be able to travel to the other 25 Schengen nations. Thus, the Maltese tourist visa is sometimes known as a Maltese Schengen visa.