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Visa For Malta | How To Get To This Paradise Island

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Are you adventurous, culture freak, foodie, and fun? If so, maybe you’ve been looking for the perfect destination for your wandering heart. The good news is Malta has everything you’ve been looking for and much, much more. Now, the only thing you need to do is get your visa for Malta and you’ll be good to go! But, is it hard to get?

The short answer is: not really. In fact, some countries don’t need a visa at all. If you don’t belong to them, then you’ll have to get a visa for Malta. Of course, you’ll have to go through paperwork which is never fun. However, in the first place, it’s worth it. Second, it’s not that complicated. Here, we will provide you with absolutely everything you need to know to make your dream a reality in no time. And keep in mind that we can take over, help you forget the paperwork, and go straight to fun.

How to Request a Tourist Visa for Malta

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Are you a citizen of the European Union? You don’t need a visa for Malta in any capacity.  Malta belongs to the Schengen Area, so only have to present your valid ID at the airport.

Not your case? Don’t worry… As a citizen of one of the exempt countries, you only need your passport to be a tourist in Malta! That is, if your nation appears on this list, you can skip this step and go packing.

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • México
  • Colombia
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Venezuela
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

Check out the full country list here.

Traveling from these destinations, you have permission to reside in Malta for 90 days. During this time, you can tour from your arrival or study in Malta within the approved period of stay. Check out some of the courses we have for you!

Requirements for a Tourist Visa For Malta

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Let’s say it turns out that you need a tourist visa for Malta. It’s ok, just request it and that’s it. We recommend doing it soon because it can take up to 4 weeks. Also, be sure to make your request in writing at embassies or other official offices. Oh, and attach the following documents:

  • Visa application form. Complete all the lines and sign them legibly.
  • Valid passport. Make sure it’s machine-readable or electronic and doesn’t expire in less than 3 months.
  • 2 passport-size photos. They must be in color and against a white background.
  • Round-trip airline tickets.
  • An Invitation letter issued by a friend or relative, or a hotel booking (proof of accommodation).
  • Proof of financial means to cover your stay. The amount required is at least € 48 per day.
  • Medical insurance. The minimum coverage is € 30,000 and has to be valid throughout the Schengen Area.

Remember that this is a summary of the requirements to obtain a visa for Malta. At the embassy or office, they may ask you for other documents or carry out other procedures. Therefore, we recommend that you do your research before making your request.

How to Request a Student Visa for Malta

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If you can enter the country without a visa, you are authorized to study without further ado. If you go on a Tourist Visa,  your studies must last no more than 3 months. That is the maximum time you can stay.

However, if your course lasts longer, you’ll need a student visa for Malta. This permit allows studying for one year. If your program lasts longer than a year, you will need to renew your visa once there.

Student Visa Requirements

You can request a student visa on the island. However, you can start the process 1 month after your arrival. This is so since you have to submit an attendance report.

Then, you have to go to Identity Malta, in Msida. There, you’ll need the following requirements for the visa application. Take note!

  • Academic letter of acceptance specifying the program you are enrolled in. Also, you have to prove you’ve covered at least part of the cost. If it is worth € 1000, you must cancel it in full. If it has a cost of € 1000 to € 2500, you have to pay 75%. If enrollment exceeds € 2,500, they will require a 50% payment. Besides, your attendance at classes.
  • Proof of financial funds. You must show that you have a minimum of € 750 per month to cover your expenses.
  • Flight back to your country.
  • 2 passport size photos with a white background.
  • Medical insurance that covers your entire stay. The minimum coverage is € 30,000 and has to be valid throughout the Schengen Area.
  • Have a valid passport for the entire stay. It must be valid 6 months after your departure.
  • Proof of accommodation. The duration is equivalent to the length of your stay.
  • Application form for a visa to study in Malta.

One last thing, the process takes about 3 weeks. Also, during this period, your passport may be retained. So if you are considering traveling during your stay, keep this in mind!

Is it possible to work in Malta with a student visa?

Are you worried about the expenses of studying and working abroad? We have excellent news… You can work 20 hours a week with a student visa for Malta! However, permission to work in Malta can only be requested after month 3 of your stay.

There are other conditions. First, the program you take has to last for at least 6 months. Second, you must obtain a license from Jobsplus, the jobs system in Malta. Finally, your employer is the one who should make the application.

How to Request a Work Visa for Malta

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Depending on your nationality, you’ll need a visa to work in Malta. If you come from the European Union you won’t need one. If you are from Latin America, India, or another country that does not belong to this area, you need a work visa.

Requirements for European citizens

Being a European citizen, you do not need a visa to work in Malta or a permit. But you do have to apply for a Social Security card. This procedure can be done once you have a job in Malta. If you want to get a job in Malta before your arrival, sign up for Jobsplus. That’s Malta’s Public Employment Service that brings together hundreds of offers from different employers in the country.

Now, if you want to work in Malta for more than 3 months, you need a Maltese ID. This card is called an eResidence Card and it works in 2 ways. First, it is an identity card and, second, it recognizes you as a legal resident.

Requirements for elsewhere in the world

If you come from Latin America or elsewhere in the world, you need a visa to work in Malta. Furthermore, it is not easy to obtain it since, without exception, a Maltese employer must apply for it.
And then, you must meet several requirements. For example, proving that a Maltese is not suitable for the vacancy you are applying for. Besides, it has to be on Jobsplus.

There are other requirements that you must meet. Get to know them!

  • Have a valid passport and present a photocopy of the complete document.
  • Fill out a form on the Identity Malta website. Here, you have to specify the name of the position, the salary, the number of hours you will work, the duration of the contract … Of course, it must be filled out by your employer.
  • Take out medical insurance that covers your entire stay.
  • Present a valid rental agreement valid throughout your stay.
  • Attach a cover letter from the employer.
  • Prepare a curriculum adapted to the European standard and in English.
  • Include proof of your professional degree or 3 work references. In the latter case, they have to be jobs carried out for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Show the contract signed by both parties.
  • Attach the plane ticket for the day you arrived in Malta. Otherwise, show the stamp in your passport that certifies your entry to Europe.
  • Take passport-size photos.

Fulfilling these requirements, you will get your work visa for Malta at the corresponding offices. You can do it on or off the island. Also, the validity of the visa will depend on your work and the duration of your contract.

Cost of the Student Permit and Visa for Malta

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Keep in mind that the cost of visas to travel to Malta varies. In some cases, it depends on your country of origin, in others, it’s just because rates were updated. However, we wanted to give you some approximate prices.

  • Tourist visa to live in Malta: € 60.
  • Visa to study in Malta: € 66 in cash.
  • A work permit for students: € 230.
  • Work visa for Malta: € 280.50.

Paying the visa fee to live in Malta does not guarantee approval. If you do not meet the requirements, the authorities will reject your application. However, if you follow the instructions, you are not supposed to have any problems.

We recommend that you visit Identity Malta, the official website of the Immigration Department. There, you will get all the information in much more detail. Take a look so that you get your visa for Malta on the first try.

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Malta is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. And, it has a very high quality of life, like Australia and New Zealand. Thus, coming here to study, work and live is an experience a lifetime!

What are you waiting for? If your answer is: until the visa for Malta process becomes easier, it just did! Here at GrowPro, we are specialized in helping wandering souls like yours find their homes abroad. Therefore we can support you in every step of the way. How? Choose your experience and fill out the form, so one of our Student Advisors can help you out. You will have nothing but good times ahead!

About the author

Charlotte Koks

Hey there! My name is Charlotte, and I'm working as an International Project Manager at GrowPro Experience. My goal is to help students all around the world to live the experiences of a lifetime 🙌🏽. I'm trying to inspire students by means of telling the story of former growers, showing what we are doing at each destination and writing about our cities and tips on our blogs. I got a big passion for adventures, doing sports in the park, learning new languages and seeing new places 🌏. That's one of the reasons why I studied European Studies and why I currently work for GrowPro, to expand my horizons. Hopefully, I can inspire you to do the same!