ETIAS Visa Waiver for Malta

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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Malta and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.

Maltese ETIAS Visa waiver Information

An ETIAS for Malta is an electronic visa waiver that will permit eligible citizens to travel to Malta and the 26 Schengen Area countries. It was approved by the European Parliament in 2016 and is due to be introduced before the end of 2021.

Those who apply for the ETIAS to Malta will be able to travel to Schengen zone countries for purposes of tourism, business, medical treatment, or transit for short stays.

The European Visa Waiver for Malta will be a multiple entry travel authorization that will permit multiple entries to Malta and the Schengen Area. It will allow a total stay of 90 days with each entry to Europe and will be valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval.

The European Commission is implementing the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Malta in order to strengthen European borders by pre-screening visa-exempt travelers to the Schengen Area to identify any potential threats to security within Europe.

Applicants will be able to complete the simple ETIAS application for Malta online in just a few minutes, by filling in basic personal, passport and travel information. It will also be necessary to answer a few security-related questions to submit the ETIAS Malta application form and receive an approved ETIAS by email.

Travelers who wish to visit Malta for purposes other than those permitted with an ETIAS, such as to work or study, should contact the nearest Maltese Embassy or Consulate for further information.

ETIAS Requirements for Traveling to Malta

In order to submit an online application, eligible citizens are first required to meet the Malta ETIAS visa waiver requirements, which involve having:

  • An eligible passport with a minimum validity of 3 months from the intended entry date to Malta and the Schengen Area
  • A valid debit or credit card to pay the ETIAS for Malta fee
  • A current email address at which to receive the approved Maltese ETIAS visa waiver.

ETIAS requirements for Malta state that the applicant should use the same passport to complete the ETIAS application as that which they will later use to travel to the Schengen Area, as the approved ETIAS Malta is electronically linked to an individual travel document. Applicants with dual nationality should keep this in mind.

For this reason, it is also necessary as a requirement for an ETIAS for Malta to submit a new electronic visa waiver application if the traveler’s passport expires during the validity of the ETIAS visa waiver for Malta.

Those with an approved ETIAS to Malta will be able to present the passport at Maltese border control, to gain expedited entry to the Schengen Area.

It is not a mandatory ETIAS Requirement for traveling to Malta for the applicant to present a paper copy of the approved ETIAS, although travelers are nonetheless advised to print a copy of the ETIAS visa waiver in the rare case of any problems with the electronic system.

Who Needs a Visa for Malta?

Malta is part of the EU and has signed the Schengen Agreement, so it shares the same visa policy as the other Schengen countries. At the moment, over 60 foreign nationalities are able to visit Malta and the Schengen Area for up to 90 consecutive days without obtaining a travel document.

However, by the end of 2021, all citizens from the same visa-exempt countries will be required to obtain an individual ETIAS Europe visa waiver for Malta before traveling to Malta and the Schengen zone for short stays.

This will include all children under the age of 18. Parents or legal guardians will be required to submit a separate Malta ETIAS for minors application for each of their children, indicating on each application that they are applying on behalf of a minor.

An approved ETIAS visa waiver for Malta is a multiple entry travel authorization that allows the holder to stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days with each entry. It allows travel to Malta for purposes of business, tourism, medical treatment, or transit.

Those who wish to travel to the country for other purposes, as well as those who are not eligible to apply for ETIAS, need a visa to visit Malta and are required to make a Malta Schengen visa appointment at the nearest Maltese diplomatic mission.

Schengen Malta visa requirements state that is necessary for the applicant to download, complete, and print a visa application form to bring to the consular appointment. It is also necessary to bring a range of supporting documents depending on the type of Schengen visa for Malta the applicant requires.

For example, in order to apply for a Maltese Schengen visa for minors, it is necessary to supply the child’s birth certificate and a Schengen application signed by both parents alongside the other required supporting documents.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Malta Visa FAQ

  • What is a Malta ETIAS?

    A Malta ETIAS is an electronic visa waiver that will permit eligible citizens to travel to Malta and all of the 26 Schengen Area countries. It is due to be implemented before the end of 2021.

  • How long can I stay in Malta with the ETIAS visa waiver?

    The ETIAS visa waiver for Malta is a multiple entry travel authorization which will allow a maximum stay of 90 days with each entry to the Schengen Area.

  • Who needs the online ETIAS for Malta?

    ETIAS for Malta will be a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt citizens to travel to the Schengen Area for short stays, for purposes of tourism, transit, medical treatment, or business.

  • How long will my ETIAS for Malta be valid for?

    The ETIAS for Malta is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval. As it allows multiple entries during its validity, it will not be necessary to apply for an ETIAS Malta before every trip to the Schengen Area.

  • How can I apply for a ETIAS visa waiver for Malta?

    Eligible citizens will be able to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Malta through a simple online application which will only take a few minutes to complete. The applicant will be required to fill in basic personal, passport, and travel information, and pay the ETIAS fee, to receive an approved European Visa Waiver for Malta via email.

  • When should I apply for a Maltese ETIAS?

    It is expected that applicants will be required to apply for a Maltese ETIAS at least 72 hours before the intended entry date to the Schengen Area, in order to allow for sufficient processing time. The standard processing time for the ETIAS to Malta has not yet been announced and will be published on this site once available.

  • Can I make changes to my ETIAS application to Malta?

    It has not yet been announced whether applicants will be able to make changes to an ETIAS application to Malta after submitting the form. This information will be published on this website once available.

  • What can I do if my application for a ETIAS to Malta is not approved right away?

    Some ETIAS to Malta applications may not be approved right away and may take a few working days to process. It is expected that applicants will be able to track the status of their ETIAS visa application online.

  • Do I need to renew my ETIAS to Malta if my passport has changed?

    Yes, if the applicant changes their passport after receiving an approved ETIAS to Malta, it will be necessary to submit a new Maltese ETIAS application. This is because an approved ETIAS Visa Waiver for Malta is electronically linked to an individual travel document.

  • What can I do if I make a mistake in my ETIAS application for Malta?

    Applicants are advised to carefully check that all of the information provided on the ETIAS application for Malta is correct before submitting the form, as even small mistakes are expected to result in the refusal of the ETIAS.

  • What happens if my ETIAS to Malta application is rejected?

    If an ETIAS to Malta application is rejected, it is expected that applicants will be able to submit a new Malta ETIAS form. It will be essential to ensure that all of the data provided on the ETIAS form matches the details of the applicant’s passport, as even small errors are expected to result in the ETIAS being denied.

  • Can I use my ETIAS for Malta to travel to other European Countries?

    Yes, the ETIAS for Malta can be used to travel to Malta and all of the 26 Schengen Area countries during its validity.