Malta Tourist Visa
If you are planning to visit Malta on a tourist visa, then you must know the visa requirements. Residents of EU/EEA nations do not require a visa to travel to Malta. They must register with the local authorities if their stay extends for more than 90 days.
If you are not an EU/EEA resident, you will need a short-term visa to visit Malta which is valid for 90 days. This short-term visa is also known as the Schengen visa. As you may be aware the Schengen visa is valid in all the European countries which are part of the Schengen agreement. Malta is one of the countries under the Schengen agreement.
With a Schengen visa you can travel to and stay in Malta and all the other 26 Schengen countries.
An island country, Malta is located in the central Mediterranean Sea. Malta is officially known as the Republic of Malta.
Three separate islands – Gozo, Comino, and Malta – together make up the Maltese islands.
Strategically placed, Malta has a long history. In 1964, Malta secured independence from Britain and joined the Commonwealth. On December 13, 1974, Malta was declared a republic. Later, in 2004, Malta came to be a part of the European Union (EU).
Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Birkirkara, however, is the largest town in the country.
Malta has two official languages – Maltese and English.
Prominent tourist destinations –
· Popeye Village
· The Country Village of Zebbug
· Ghajn Tuffieha Bay
· Gnejna Bay Beaches
· Dingli Cliffs
· Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
WHY VISIT MALTA?
There are many reasons that make Malta worth visiting. These include –
- Excellent flight connections
- Wide array of attractions, all in close proximity to each other
- The ideal holiday destination
- Nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Rich and fascinating history to explore
- A truly Mediterranean world, surrounded by the ocean, offering many outdoor activities
- 300 days of sunshine
- Easy and manageable to get around
- One destination, three separate islands to explore
- Affordability, prices in Malta are typically 20% less as compared to mainland Europe
Eligibility requirements to apply for tourist visa:
- A passport with a validity of at least three months
- Two passport size photos
- Visa fees
- A copy of your completed and signed application form
- Supporting documents that indicate your purpose of visit
- Proof of hotel bookings, flight bookings and a detailed plan of your activities during the duration of your stay in Malta
- Copy of tour ticket
- Proof of having enough finances to support your travel and stay in the country
- Proof of having travel medical insurance worth 30,000 pounds.
- Invitation letter containing the address and phone number of the family member or sponsor.
- An approved and signed letter from a local town hall or any other competent government.
When to apply:
The visa application must be submitted three months before your planned trip. It is advisable not to apply just 15 days prior to your planned trip.
Your application will be reviewed with 7-15 days; however, it can extend up to 30 days in certain cases or even 60 days.
Before you apply for a tourist visa, ensure that you meet the visa requirements and have the required travel documents.
Here are the details of the visa fees for different categories:
|Child (6-12 years)||Rs.11722.82|
How Y-Axis Can Help You?
- Advise you on the required documentation
- Advise you on the funds that need to be shown
- Fill out the application forms
- Review your documents for the visa application
I am planning on visiting Malta 5 months from today. Can I apply for my visit visa for Malta now?
No. You can only apply for a Schengen short stay visa within 3 months of your scheduled date of travel.
The processing time can be extended to a maximum of 30 days if more scrutiny of the application is needed.
In certain specific cases where some additional documentation is required, the processing time can be extended further, that is, to a maximum of 60 days.
Do I have to give my biometrics each time that I travel to Malta?
You are not required to provide your bio-metrics again for an application that is submitted within 59 months from the date that your bio-metrics were taken.
Once the 59 months’ mark has passed, you will be required to give your bio-metrics again.
Can I extend my Malta Schengen visa?
Yes. Your temporary visa for Malta can be extended, but only in exceptional cases.
You’ll need a reasonable cause if you want to extend your Schengen Area visa. Visa extensions are given for humanitarian purposes, such as staying to continue to obtain required medical care, essential personal reasons, such as a relative’s funeral, or force majeure, which may mean anything from the outbreak of war in your home country to severe weather conditions that make it difficult to fly back.
What are the additional requirements specific to Malta Tourist Schengen visa?
Additional requirements specific to Malta Tourist Schengen visa are –
- Invitation letter, containing the address and phone number of the applicant’s family member or sponsor in Malta (if applicable)
- Passport copies
- Bank statement of the last 6 months
What is the validity of an invitation letter?
The validity of an invitation letter is 3 months, from the date of the issue of the letter. The invitation letter should be valid at the time of submitting the visa application.
I had got a visa on the invitation letter. My visa validity has expired. Can I use the invitation letter again for applying for another visit visa?
No. An invitation is no longer valid if a visa has already been issued on that letter.
Do children have to give biometrics too?
Children above 1 year of age have to be present in person. For a child below 1 year, the documents – along with 2 photographs of the child against a white background – can be submitted by the parents or any representative.
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