Embassies and consulates of Malta
Malta has around 16 embassies and 19 consulates spread all over the world - meaning it does not have formal missions in every country. If there is not one in your country, then officials from another Schengen nation, or a visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on Malta’s behalf.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
If you are traveling to Malta from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Malta is a member, you will need a short-stay Schengen Visa for a trip lasting up to 90 days, and a residence permit and work or study visa if you plan to spend longer in the nation. You will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
What services do Malta’s embassies and consulates provide?
In addition to informing people and carrying out diplomatic instructions, officials at Malta’s embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing visas.
Malta’s embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Below is a list detailing where Malta’s embassies or consulates are located in major nations - if your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest mission on the foreign ministry website. In most countries, these will be located in administrative or major population centers.
Malta’s foreign ministry website : foreignandeu.gov.mt/en/Pages/Home.aspx
Malta’s embassies and consulates in the U.S.
Malta has an embassy in Washington, D.C. and consulates in New York, Providence, Puerto Rico, Dallas, Kingsport (Tennessee), Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), Saint Paul, Detroit, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Malta’s embassies and consulates in the U.K.
Malta has an embassy in London and consulates in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.
Malta’s embassies and consulates in China
Malta’s embassy is based in Beijing.
Malta’s embassies and consulates in India
Malta has a High Commission in New Delhi.
Malta’s embassy and consulate in Indonesia
Malta has a consulate in Jakarta.
Malta’s embassies and consulates in Brazil
Malta has consulates in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Malta’s embassies and consulates in Mexico
Malta has a consulate in Mexico City.
Do I have to apply for a Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
Officials at Malta’s embassies and consulates will most likely not process initial applications or conduct visa application interviews. They are instead handled by employees at VFS Global visa application centers - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation.
Employees at VFS can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
How long will it take Malta’s embassy or consulate to process a Schengen Visa?
The processing time for a Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Malta you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than Malta, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Malta’s embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
If Malta’s embassy refuses my Schengen Visa, can I appeal?
Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.
I want to travel to Malta but also want to visit other Schengen Area countries - should I apply via Malta’s embassy?
If you are planning to travel to Malta for the majority of your trip to the Schengen Area, you should apply to Malta’s embassy.
If I previously applied for a Schengen Visa, do I have to fill in another form and attend a visa appointment?
Yes, unless your Schengen Visa is a multi-trip one and still valid. If your visa application was in the past five years, you may not need to submit new biometric data with your application.