Applying for Schengen Visa to visit Malta

Visiting Malta on a Schengen Visa

A relatively unspoiled island in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has a fascinating history as a key maritime hub, as well as beautiful beaches and historic towns. To travel to Malta for a short trip lasting fewer than 90 days, you will need a Malta Schengen Visa, as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls between each other. Malta is, however, one of the more difficult countries to obtain a Schengen Visa from, with 14.8 per cent of applications refused.

Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Malta?

If you are traveling to Malta, you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused for visa-free travel.

How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Malta?

In addition, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos, your passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. According to the information provided by the European Commission, a foreign national who wants to enter Malta on a Schengen Visa needs to attest to having €48 per day of their stay.

What are the Malta Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa?

If applying for a work visa, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet Malta Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer work visa or are applying for a short-stay Schengen Visa for business. Work permits in Malta are specific to the employer, occupation, and location - although there can be exceptions - and are normally valid for one year.

Student visas

Student visas require proof of enrolment at an institution in Malta, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.

What are the steps to follow when applying for a Malta Schengen Visa?

Work out which Malta Schengen visa type you need based on the purpose of your travel. Collect the required documents for a visa to Malta. Make a visa appointment with the Malta embassy/consulate or an accredited visa application center in your home country. Attend the visa interview at the appropriate Malta embassy/consulate/visa application center. Wait to see if your visa is approved - you can also track your application.

Where do I go to apply for a Malta Visa?

You will need to apply to the Malta embassy or consulate in your country of residence, or a visa application center acting on the nation’s behalf. The official visa partner of Austria is VFS Global - so they may act on Malta’s behalf in that country.

How long does it take to get a Malta Schengen Visa?

The processing time for a Malta 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.

Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?

Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including Malta, need travel cover. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs just €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.

Other Schengen countries you might be interested in

Austria visa

Belgium visa

Czech Republic visa

Denmark visa

Estonia visa

Finland visa

France visa

Germany visa

Greece visa

Hungary visa

Iceland visa

Italy Visa

Latvia visa

Liechtenstein visa

Lithuania visa

Luxembourg visa

Malta visa

Netherlands visa

Norway visa

Poland visa

Portugal visa

Slovakia visa

Slovenia visa

Spain Visa

Sweden visa

Switzerland visa

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Frequently asked questions about getting a Malta Schengen Visa

Will my visa allow me to travel to other European countries?

Yes. Providing they are one of the 25 other countries within the Schengen Area.

Can I extend my Schengen Visa during my stay in Malta?

Yes. You can extend your short-stay visa, but only in exceptional cases or emergencies.

Can I alter my application after it has been submitted?

No. So you should check you have all the correct details before applying for your visa and take care with your application.