Do I need a visa to visit Malta?
Jun 11, 2022 • 4 min read
Simple visa rules make it easy for citizens of dozens of countries to visit Malta on a spontaneous trip © Solovyova / iStockphoto / Getty Images
For travelers from many countries, accessing Malta as a visitor is very straightforward, putting the sunshine and history within easy reach. If you are also traveling to other countries around Europe as well as Malta, just remember to not go over the maximum number of days allowed for your visit to the Schengen area . Here's what you need to know about visas for Malta.
Who can enter Malta without a visa?
All citizens of the European Union are entitled to enter Malta and travel freely with a national identity card, except for travelers from Ireland, who must use an Irish passport card. At present, travelers from 63 countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States can also enter Malta and other countries in the Schengen area visa-free.
Travelers from visa-free countries will need a valid passport. The passport's expiry date must be at least 90 days after your confirmed departure date from Malta, and passports cannot be more than ten years old.
Who needs a tourist visa to enter Malta?
Malta is part of the Schengen area , a grouping of 26 European nations that issue a common visa allowing travelers a maximum stay of 90 days during any 180-day period. This is valid for travel across the Schengen Area.
Travelers from countries who cannot enter Malta visa-free must apply for a Schengen tourist visa in advance of travel – details are on the government's Identity Malta website . Information required for the application includes dates and details of transport arrangements to enter and exit the Schengen zone, proof of accommodation, and proof of financial means of support. The cost for the application is €80 for adults and €45 for children.
Extending a Schengen area visa
If you wish to stay in the Schengen area for longer than 90 days, it is possible to extend a Schengen visa, but extensions are granted rarely, and approval is usually only given for humanitarian reasons or because of force majeure (for example, a natural disaster in your home country). For longer stays in Malta specifically, you can apply for a National Visa – also known as a Long Stay or ‘D’ visa.
ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) rules for 2023
Under the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) – expected to go live from early 2023 – travelers from the 63 non-EU countries currently permitted visa-free entry to the Schengen area will need to complete an online application to confirm authorization to enter the Schengen zone.
There's a €7 fee and applications will take around ten minutes to complete online. Successful authorizations will be valid for three years, or for the remaining validity of the applicant's passport if it expires sooner. Note that a maximum stay in the Schengen area of 90 days across a 180-day period will still apply.
Post-Brexit travel from the UK to Malta
The UK departed from the European Union in 2020, but citizens of the UK are still permitted to enter the Schengen area without a visa, including to visit Malta. However, British travelers will need to complete an application via ETIAS once the system goes live.
What if I need to leave and re-enter the Schengen area?
Multiple-entry access to the Schengen area – enabling travelers to re-enter after exiting to non-Schengen countries – is usually granted automatically to visitors from the 63 visa-free countries. It's a convenient option for travelers from southern hemisphere countries such as Australia and New Zealand who also wish to visit popular non-Schengen zone destinations including the UK and Turkey.
When exiting and re-entering Malta and the Schengen zone, it's vital to still adhere to the maximum stay of 90 days across a 180-day period (this starts from the date you first enter the Schengen area).
COVID-19 rules for entry to Malta
As of May 9, 2022, wearing a mask in Malta is only mandatory on flights, or when visiting a hospital or care home for the elderly. While not mandatory, the Maltese government does still recommend masks are worn when attending large gatherings.
Travelers no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) but must present either a vaccine certificate, a negative PCR test, or a COVID recovery certificate upon arrival. See Malta's Health Ministry website for the latest on COVID-19 regulations.
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Malta Family Reunion Visa
You might want to bring your partner or family over to join you temporarily or permanently in Malta. br> It is you right to live in the Malta along with your family. The Dependent Visa process helps Malta visa holders call their dependents to live with them in Malta. You can bring your spouse or partner and childrento Malta. We can help you understand the complexities of the dependent visa and apply it with the highest chances of success.
Eligibility Requirements for Dependent Visa
One of the important aspects for Family visa is your salary in Malta Your Gross Salary Per Year in Euro 19K - Spouse can come 22.5 K - Spouse + 1 kid 26 K - Spouse +2 kids *per kid 3.5k
Family members are defined as:
A third-country national who holds a residence permit having a validity period of at least one year may apply to be joined by family members in Malta.
(i.) The sponsor’s spouse who shall be twenty-one years of age who is engaged in a marriage by law (ii.) The unmarried minor children of the sponsor and the spouse, including children adopted in a manner recognized by Maltese law (iii.) The unmarried minor children, including adopted children, of the sponsor or the spouse where one of the parents has custody and the children are dependent on that parent
Documents Required for Malta Family Visa
The documentation required for the Dependent Visa depends on the route you are applying through. Please find the Malta Family/Spouse Visa Checklist
*NOTE: The High Commission reserves the right to request further documentation. Original Documents must be presented during the personal interview with the visa officer
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Malta - Family member
Are you a non-EU citizen living in Malta and would you like to bring your non-EU family members to live with you there? You can find information below on the conditions, procedures and rights your family members can enjoy during their stay.
You are entitled to apply for family reunification if you have:
- resided in Malta for at least one year;
- have a reasonable prospect of getting a permanent residence;
- have accommodation which is comparable to that of Maltese families;
- have stable and regular resources (including an additional 20% of the average wage per family member).
Your family members include:
- your spouse who is over 21 years of age;
- yours and your spouse’s unmarried minor children, including adopted children;
- unmarried minor children under yours or your spouse's custody.
Your family members will generally be allowed to join you after you have resided for two years in Malta and must obtain a residence permit and, if necessary, a visa.
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Travel information for Malta including COVID-19 information 2023
Last Update: 22 August 2022
Malta has been a member of the EU and in the Schengen area since 2004. Citizens of Schengen Area countries travel to Malta without visas or permits. As of July 25, Malta lifted all COVID-19 entry restrictions. Malta’s government significantly reduced numbers of infected individuals with restrictive implementation and a six-week lockdown in 2021. In addition, Malta continues to insist on efficient contact tracing through the EU dPLF. As of April 2021, Malta is one of the safest countries to travel to in Europe. Entry into Malta is therefore possible. Air traffic to Malta has been reopened since 1.7.2020. We give you the most important travel information and rules for traveling to Malta.
Entry requirements Malta – presentation of the following documents and registrations
What does the consent form for minors contain.
- Personal details of the minor
- personal data and contact details of the legal guardian(s)
- Personal details of any accompanying adult(s)
- Signatures of the legal guardians
What kind of temporary identity documents does Malta accept?
Which proof of vaccination is required for entry to malta, is the digital eu passenger locator form (eu dplf) required.
What is the EU digital COVID-19 certificate?
- have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and / or
- tested negative for Corona and / or
- have recovered from Corona,
- digital and/or paper format,
- with QR code,
- free of charge,
- in the national language and in English,
- valid in all EU countries.
Is a holiday possible in Malta, Comino and Gozo?
Is it compulsory to wear a mask in malta, what do you need to know before going to malta, visitors from the united kingdom, returning to the uk, entry from the countries of the schengen area, entering malta with a dog or cat, arrival at malta airport is as follows.
- A bus will take you from the aircraft to the terminal.
- A thermal imaging camera measures your body temperature.
- If you are travelling with more than hand luggage, you collect your extra baggage.
- Depending on the number of passengers, up to 25 counters are open at the exit.
- There, arriving passengers will have their vaccination certificate and passenger localisation form checked. Unvaccinated persons submit the documents entitling them to enter Malta.
- After a positive check of the documents, you can leave Malta International Airport.
The contact details for the Malta Health Department are:
Contact and direct information from malta international airport:.
Where can you get tested for Corona in Malta?
Pcr rapid test at the airport and 10 other test centres, when am i considered fully vaccinated, what rights apply when data is stored via the digital passenger locator form, malta’s customs regulations, archive: malta’s regulations and decisions until 21.07.2022.
What regulations apply in Malta at least until 11.04.2021?
- No organized outdoor sports allowed
- Restaurants are closed; hotel services are prohibited; room service and “take-away” or “to go” may be offered
- Grocery shops, supermarkets, and pharmacies are open.
- Public facilities such as gyms, cinemas, theatres, and museums are closed. Schools and language schools are closed. Some language schools offer online lessons.
- Crossings to Gozo prohibited without good reason.
- The maximum number of people in public is limited to four people
- Weddings and religious ceremonies are prohibited, funerals may take place subject to security protocol.
- Mandatory masks alternatively visors in all public areas, beach, shops, public transport as well as in the workplace.
Why is Malta considered a high risk area for Germany until 10.4.2021?
Due to the travel warning for malta, the return journey becomes difficult.
- a negative PCR test result
- or a 14-day-old vaccination certificate for the 2nd vaccination
- or proof of recovery
This is Malta’s plan for reopening in 2021
- lower and decreasing number of viral cases
- decreasing hospital admissions
- rising vaccination rates.
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This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Malta set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Malta’s high commission in the UK.
There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Malta.
Passport validity requirements
To travel to Malta, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements .
To enter Malta (and all Schengen countries) your passport must:
- have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive. Passports issued after 1 October 2018 are now valid for only 10 years, but for passports issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added if you renewed a passport early
- have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave
Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.
You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.
Checks at border control
Make sure you get your passport stamped.
If you’re a visitor, your passport must be stamped when you enter or leave the Schengen area (which includes Malta). Border guards will use passport stamps to check you have not overstayed the 90-day visa-free limit for stays in the Schengen area. If your passport was not stamped, border guards will presume you have overstayed the visa-free limit.
If your passport was not stamped, show evidence of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area (for example, boarding passes or tickets) and ask the border guards to add the date and location in your passport.
Read about passport stamping if you live in Malta .
At Maltese border control, you may also need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
You can travel without a visa to the Schengen area (including Malta) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel:
- as a tourist
- to visit family or friends
- to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
- for short-term studies or training
If you are travelling to Malta and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries in the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.
To stay longer (to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons), you will need to meet the Maltese government’s entry requirements. Check which type of visa or work permit you need with Malta’s high commission .
If you stay in Malta with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
If you are travelling to Malta for work , read the guidance on visas and permits.
Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s Malta guide .
There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of Malta . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.
You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.
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Malta Visit Visa Requirements - Documents, Eligibility & Fees
Indian passport holders who are willing to apply for a Malta Visitor visa can find the necessary visa information on this page. In the following, you can find Malta Visitor visa requirements which mainly include the visa documents and eligibility criteria. General guidelines to be followed at the time of submission of Malta Visitor visa documents are mentioned on the page. For further visa consultation, you can contact BTW Visa Executives.
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Following is the list of documents required for Malta Visit visa for Indians.
A passport is a document that is required at the time of international travels. It is issued by the government of the country to verify the identity and nationality of the candidate.
The submitted passport must meet the parameters given below
- It must have minimun two blank pages for the visa stamp.
- It must be valid for 6 months ahead of the span of stay.
- It must be original and genuine.
- It must not be torn, ripped, split, or damaged in any kind of way.
One cannot cross international boundries without the passport. It is considered a criminal offense otherwise.
An old passport is a passport that has expired or is completely stamped. In the visa processing, it is required to track the travel history of the applicant.
If available, the old passport must also be provided meeting the given criteria
- If any of the traveler has old passport, it must be submitted along with latest passport.
- It must be original and in a good condition to access the required information.
Without the old passport, you cannot get the visa stamp. Professional visa consultation is recommended.
The photo is provided to the authority so that you can be identified based on the same.
The photographs must be provided as per the given photo specifications
- It must cover face 80% of the frame.
- It must be clicked on an all white background.
- It must be of proper size with dimensions of 35x45 mm (length - 45mm, breadth - 35mm).
- Two copies to be submitted with general photo guidelines.
- It must have a matte finish.
- It must be a recent photograph.
- The expressions on the face must be neutral, there must not be any kind of smiling of frowning in the photograph.
- Any kind of glasses must not be worn in the photograph.
- The hair must be tied back so that the face is clearly visible.
- The ears must be visible clearly.
- It must not have any headgear worn apart from religious reasons.
- It is to be taken care that your teeth do not show in the photograph.
Recent pictures are mandatory as old pictures can cause the authorities to reject your application.
An air ticket is a ticket or pass that is possessed by the traveller who is taking a flight for travelling from one location to another.
It is an important document and it should be submitted for the given reason
- The air ticket has to be booked for the complete round trip.
- It must be confirmed for the complete round trip.
An air ticket shows your course of travel and confirms your return to the native country.
A travel insurance is a document that shows the amount of money that has been kept in case of any major injury or accident.
The Travel Insurance issued has to meet the following criteria
- It must be circulated from the authorized insurance company only.
- Cover as per the stay in the Schengen countries area .
- It is better if the insurance is valid for at least 3 to 10 ahead of the date of arrival to India.
- It must cover the whole trip right from leaving India to returning to India.
- It must mention the applicant's details as per the passport.
You are not allowed to travel abroad without a travel insurance. Professional visa consultation is recommended.
Bank statement is a document that issued from the bank. This is obtained for the savings bank account to show ratify if you will be able to support your stay in the country.
The Bank statement is a mandatory document and it should meet the following criteria
- It must be provided with authentic seal and signature from the bank.
- It must be original and obtained from the savings bank account.
- It must be printed on an A4-size paper.
- It must be evident of healthy balance amount in the account.
- It must be original and should have the bank's stamp and signature on every page.
If the Bank Statement doesn't show enough funds or shows irrelevant expenditure, it could lead to visa rejection on financial means. Professional visa consultation is recommended.
An income tax return is a document that is a record of the tax that is paid to the government by the concerned tax paying citizen.
The proof of income tax returns must match the provided parameters
- The Income tax returns should be specified with an ITR-V for last 3 years.
- It must be provided with a legitimate documentary proof of the payment of income tax.
One cannot leave the country if they do not provide appropriate proof of tax payment. Professional visa consultation is recommended.
It is a document provided by the bank stating the amount of fund in your account.
- It must be obtained with a letter from the Bank stating the available balance in the account with a stamp and a signature.
Without this, you will not be able to apply for a visa as you will not meet the financial requirements.
Adhaar Card is the proof of citizenship provided to the Indian residents. It also serves as a proof identity and address.
Adhaar card is one of the most important and mandatory documents. It must be submitted following the guidelines listed below
- It must be a clear copy of the information to be accessed by the officials.
- It must be intact and undamaged at the time of submission.
It is compulsory to provide Adhaar card as an identity proof.
An invitation letter from the family/friend is a document that allows you travel to another country on an invitation from your acquaintances.
The letter of invitation submitted should match the following criteria
- It must be addressed to the respective diplomatic mission.
- It must also mention the applicant details as per the passport, the purpose of travel, duration of stay, travel dates, and the relation with the invitee.
- It must mention the invitee's details such as the contact details, profession details, visa status and citizenship proof.
- It must specify who is going to bear the expenses of the trip.
An invitation letter from a family/friend whom you are visiting is essential to ratify the genuiness of your purpose of visit or even provide proof of accomodation.
Passport is a mandatory document that is required at the time of international travels. The submitted passport must meet the parameters given below
- It must be provided with a photocopy of the previous passport as well.
- It must be provided as invitee's proof of identification and for the mandatory personal information as well.
- It must be provided as invitee's proof of identification and for the required personal information.
- It must be a copy of the first and the last page.
Failing to provide invitee's passport copy when requested may get the visa delayed or rejected on the basis of the absence of proof of purpose of travel/accommodation.
Any proof that proves your relationship with your family member living in the foreign country.
It should be submitted as per the following
- It must be original and certified from the Municipal Authority.
Required when visiting family members. It identifies the authenticity of your relationship with the invitee.
- It must be provided when the applicant is staying with the invitee.
- It can be provided as different kinds of documents like a utility bill, gas bill, leave or lease agreement, electricity bill, water bill, etc.
Address proof of the invitee is important to rectify the proof of accommodation provided.
Covering Letter consists of traveler's information, Itenarary, detailed travel Information, trip expense details and your return guarantee to the home country.
The covering letter provided by the visa applicant should be acceptable based on the following guidelines
- It must mention other details as well as per the Consular's request.
- It must mention the accommodation details of the applicant.
- It must mention the person who will be bearing all the expenses during the trip, if not travelling alone.
- It must specify the traveller's relationship with the fellow travellers if not travelling alone.
- It must clearly specify the traveller's purpose of visit.
- It must mention the travel dates as per the invitation letter or the booked flight tickets.
- It must mention all the details as per the passport.
Covering letter is the first document that is seen by the consular. If the covering letter is not appropriate, it may cause your visa to get rejected as well. Professional visa consultation is recommended.
A NOC or No Objection Certificate from a parent/husband to the single woman is provided when she is travelling to another country by her own.
The NOC obtained from must meet the given standards
- It must specify the traveller's purpose of travel.
- It must mention the required occupational details.
- It must mention the dates of arrival and departure along with the duration of stay.
If the NOC letter from the husband or the parents to the traveller woman is not submitted, the woman is not allowed to travel alone.
A resident permit is a document provided by the embassy of the respective government to the foreigners who are willing to stay in the country as residents.
- It must be submitted at the time when the invitee is staying abroad on a resident permit.
In case the visa permit copy of the invitee is not submitted, the applicant may not be allowed to visit the country providing the purpose of visiting acquaintances.
Eligibility for getting Malta Vfr Visa:
In order to be eligible to travel to the country on a visa, you will have to meet the following eligibility criteria.
Be a genuine traveller- You must have a valid and good intention behind travelling to the country.
Eligible to bear all expenses - You must possess sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependents throughout the stay.
Reasons to return - You must have strong ties in your home country that will ensure that you will return after your stay.
Be of good character - You must have a clean criminal track record and be of good character. You may have to provide PCC (Police Clearance Certificate) for the same.
Be in good health - You must at least meet the minimum health requirements required by the authorities.
Visa Fees for Malta Vfr Visa:
Embassy/Consulate reserves the right to ask for additional documents or personal appearance for an interview in special cases. Submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee that a visa is granted, so It's recommonded to get the professional visa consultation. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to appear for a special visa interview may result in the rejection of your visa application .
Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care. However, regulations and requirements are subject to change.
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