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​Schengen visa applications must be filled in at the diplomatic mission of the country which is the main destination of the visit. Thus, applicants wishing to visit Malta as the main destination, or the country of first entry into the Schengen area, must file their applications at Malta’s diplomatic missions or its representations.

Thus, applicants wishing to visit Malta as the main destination, or where the main destination cannot be determined, Malta is the country of first entry into the Schengen area, they must file their applications at Malta’s diplomatic missions or its representations.

The Visa Application Form must be wholly and legibly completed, and signed by the applicant, and accompanied by:
1.   A valid travel document (passport) validity of which must extend to at least three (3) months after the intended stay in the schengen area;
2.   Two (2) passport-size photographs, in colour and taken against a white background, with face clearly visible;
3.   Visa Application fee of € 60, non-refundable. Exceptions to fees may apply.
4.   Proof of financial means covering €48 per day: cash in convertible currency, traveller's cheques, bank account statement confirming regular income for the past 6-12 months, other financial means.
5.   Travel ticket or other similar document.
6.   Documents to prove accomodation: In case of staying at an individual's home or institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate.
7.   Travel medical insurance: To cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. Valid throughout the Schengen Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.

Additional Documentation

  • Individual/Organized Tourism: voucher issued by a travel agency or an invitation issued by a person inviting you or an invitation verified by the Foreign Police Department
  • Business: A letter of invitation from the business partner, firm or authority proof of the existence of commercial-business relations or a certificate of the local Chamber of Commerce on the existence of such business activities
  • Political, scientific, cultural, sports or religious events: an invitation, entry tickets, enrolments or programmes stating whenever possible the name of the host organisation, the duration or any other appropriate documents indicating the purpose of the visit
  • Other purpose: Other documents confirming the purpose of the trip and residence

Exemption from Fee

  • Family members of EU and Swiss citizens
  • Children under twelve (12) years of age
  • School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training
  • Researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out  scientific research.

​A fee reduction is also applied for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Russian Federation and Ukraine. The fee paid in these cases is EUR 35.


Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 810/2009, applicants who are being invited from a reference host person in Malta must present a specific form – the Declaration of Proof – in which the Maltese host will declare being able to accommodate the applicant and/or being able to bear the applicant’s living costs and repatriation.

The Declaration of Proof form must contain information about the purpose of the applicant and indicate, in particular, the following:

  • Whether its purpose is proof of sponsorship and/or of accommodation
  • Whether the host is an individual, a company or an organisation
  • The host’s identity and contact details
  • The invited applicant(s)
  • The address of the accommodation
  • The length and purpose of the stay
  • Possible family ties with the host

It should therefore contain complete and relevant information about the host person extending the invitation, the applicant (as the invited person) and their relationship to each other (including information about any family relationship), along with the purpose of the stay to be covered by the visa.  The invitation should also state whether the host person extending the invitation is also standing as a financial guarantor for the applicant.

By completing and signing the Declaration of Proof, the reference host person guarantees to be financially responsible for expenses incurred in connection with the applicant’s stay in Malta and repatriation if the applicant fails to return to his/her country of origin before the expiry of the visa applied for.

The Declaration of Proof is to be certified, witnessed and stamped by a legal representative.

If any information provided is found to be false or incorrect, the host person, whether as an individual, as a Company or as an organisation, would be liable to criminal responsibility in accordance with the Laws of that particular Member State.  In Malta, these are Articles 188 and 189 of the Criminal Code (Chapter 9 of the Laws of Malta); and Article 32 of the Immigration Act (Chapter 217 of the Laws of Malta) as well as any other law or regulation which may be in force at the time of the unlawful declaration.

Upon completion, the reference host person must submit the stamped Declaration of Proof to the invited applicant, in order that it can be presented in its original format to the consular authorities competent for examining the applicant’s visa application. Reference host persons must not submit the Declaration of Proof directly to the consular authorities competent for examining the invitee’s visa application.  In full compliance with the Visa Code regulations, if the data regarding the host person cannot be verified, the consular authorities shall request the applicant to also present a copy of ID card or bio data page of the host's passport; the host’s residence permit or proof of the host’s residence in Malta (property title deeds, rental agreements etc, proof of income).

Any cases of forged documents produced by foreign nationals for the purposes of obtaining an entry visa, shall always be reported to the Central Visa Unit and to Immigration Police by Malta’s diplomatic mission or consular post. This applies both to the forgery of Maltese documents and documents of foreign origin that are in any way used in support of a visa application.

Time for processing applications

A visa application should in principle be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit (as this is the normal processing time) and cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit. In individual cases, the review period can be extended up to 30 days and in exceptional cases up to 60 days.​​​​

Last updated on June 2014.