Types of visas for Malta

If you want to travel to Malta to study and work, you are in the perfect place to make it possible.

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However you arrived on this page, it means that you are attracted to the idea of living a season on a paradise island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, and you are looking for information about the types of visas available to travel to Malta.

As the saying goes, “seek and you shall find,” so you can stop searching because we will now tell you everything about the different visas to live, study, or work in Malta. We will also review the requirements you must meet to apply for each visa and give you some advice that you still don’t know you need but will be grateful to know before starting your journey.

Let’s get started!

Do I need a visa to travel to Malta?

This is undoubtedly the first question you should ask yourself whenever you want to travel to a foreign country.

Malta belongs to both the European Union and the Schengen Area. Therefore, entry into the country and the rights you can enjoy during your stay in Malta are regulated by the immigration policies of both organizations.

Therefore, the answer to whether or not you need a visa to travel to Malta depends on your nationality. For example:

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Spaniards and other nationalities belonging to the European Union

If you have Spanish nationality, you do not need a visa to travel to Malta. Being a citizen of the European Union, you have absolute freedom to live, study, and work in Malta without the need to apply for a visa.

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Latin American countries

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

If you have nationality from any of these Latin American countries, you also do not need to apply for a visa before traveling to Malta or other Schengen countries.

Upon passing customs, if you meet the requirements we will mention below, you will be granted a short-stay visa valid for 3 months. This visa is called a “Schengen short-term visa” (type C) and will allow you to do tourism or even study an English course in Malta.

It is important to know that if you want to stay in the country for more than 3 months (90 days), you will need to apply for a study, work, or residence permit. These permits are usually applied for once you are in the country.

Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.

If you are a citizen of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, or the Dominican Republic, you will need to apply for a visa before traveling to Malta or any other Schengen country. In the following section on this same page, we will review the most common types of visas to travel to Malta.

The visa application process is handled directly at the embassies or consulates of the destination country. The embassy closest to Latin America is located in Washington, USA.

You can check the countries that require a visa application and where it can be done at this link.

Types of visas to travel to Malta

Now that we have clarified which nationalities are exempt from applying for a visa and which ones must apply for a visa before traveling, let’s review the most common types of visas to travel to Malta.

If you are Spanish or a citizen of the European Union, you can skip directly to the section “How does Dingoos help you travel to Malta to study and work?” as you will not need to apply for any of the visas we will explain below. Remember that as a citizen of the European Union, you can live, study, and work in Malta without any time limitations.

If you are a national of a Latin American country, whether you are exempt from or required to apply for a visa before traveling to Malta, it is recommended that you continue reading because at some point, you will have to demonstrate that you meet the requirements for one of the following visas.

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    Tourist Visa - Schengen Visa Type C

    Traveling to Malta with a short-term tourist visa (Schengen Visa Type C) is undoubtedly the easiest and quickest option. This is especially true for travelers from countries exempt from applying for the Schengen Visa.

    This visa allows you to tour the island and study English in Malta for a maximum of 90 days.

    For this reason, most of our Latin American students travel to Malta with this visa, and if their courses last more than 3 months (90 days), once in the country, they go through the process of changing their immigration status to a long-term visa that allows them to continue studying and even work up to 20 hours per week while studying.

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    Requirements to obtain a short-stay tourist visa in Malta

    Next, we will go over the requirements you must meet to obtain a short-stay tourist visa, formally known as the Schengen Visa Type C.

    Important! These requirements also apply to Latin American countries exempt from applying for a short-stay tourist visa before traveling to Malta.

    • Valid passport: The minimum validity of the passport is 3 months from the moment you land in Europe. However, it is recommended that the passport’s validity covers the entire period you plan to travel.
    • Accommodation reservation for your first days: If you are staying in a hotel or Airbnb, presenting the payment receipt for your reservation will suffice. Another option is to present an invitation letter from a family member or friend residing in Malta who has offered to accommodate you in their home. This letter does not need to be notarized but must specify the personal information and passport number of the person signing the invitation, as well as the accommodation address and the date until which you will be staying there. Our Integration Coordination team will assist you in booking accommodation if needed.
    • Return ticket to your country: It is important that the return flight date does not exceed the 90-day stay granted by this visa. If your intention is to extend your stay once you are in Malta, we recommend purchasing a change of date or cancellation insurance with your airline.
    • Proof of financial means: You must prove through a bank statement that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Malta without the need to work. The amount of money you must demonstrate is around €48 per day.
    • Medical insurance: It is important to be prepared for any medical emergencies, and to demonstrate that you are covered, you must present a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of €30,000. At Dingoos, we will help you obtain a valid medical insurance policy.
    • (Optional) Acceptance letter from your school: This is not a mandatory requirement, but it is highly recommended, especially if your course exceeds 3 months in duration and you plan to extend your stay with a long-term visa. Your Dingoos Guide will assist you with the school enrollment process and will send you the acceptance letter for you to present at customs
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    Can I work with a short-term tourist visa (Schengen Visa type C)?

    No. Although the Schengen Visa type C allows you to study for up to 3 months (90 days), you cannot legally work in Malta while holding this visa. If your intention is to work, keep reading because the visas we will discuss below do allow you to work.

    Student Visa - Schengen Visa type D

    The technical name for the student visa in Malta is Schengen Visa type D, although it is commonly known as a long-term visa. This type of visa allows you to live in Malta for one year.

    Therefore, if your English course lasts longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for this visa.

    If you are from one of the exempted Latin American countries that do not require a tourist visa (Schengen Visa type C), which we mentioned in the previous section, you can change your visa status by applying for a student visa (Schengen Visa type D) once you are already in Malta. You can apply for the student visa at any Identity Malta office.

    However, if you hold a passport from Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, or the Dominican Republic, you will need to apply for this visa before traveling to Malta through one of the Maltese embassies or consulates.

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    Requirements for obtaining a student visa in Malta

    Although some of the requirements for applying for a student visa in Malta are similar to those for a tourist visa, it is important to pay attention as there are details that change, and if you overlook them, you could jeopardize the approval of your student visa.

    Don’t worry, below we will list all the documents you need to submit to obtain a student visa in Malta:

    • Passport: The validity of your passport should cover the period of time you plan to study in Malta. Additionally, you will need to submit the original passport and photocopies of all passport pages (including blank pages).
    • Two passport-sized photos: They should be 35×45 mm in size, in color, and with a white background.
    • School acceptance letter: Your Dingoos Guide will assist you during the enrollment process at your English school and will provide you with the acceptance letter issued by the school, which you will need to submit when applying for the student visa. This letter will contain information about your course (type of course, duration, and the number of vacation weeks). Keep in mind that depending on the school, the issuance of the acceptance letter may be free or cost up to €40.
    • Certificate of attendance at school: if you have been studying for the first 3 months with a tourist visa (Schengen Visa type C), you must present a certificate of attendance issued by the school. This certificate must show that you have attended at least 80% of your English classes. The same will apply in the future if you decide to renew your student visa (Schengen Visa type D). This requirement came into effect in July 2021, so you must present it to the Identity Malta staff who will assist you with the application.
    • Proof of accommodation: you must present a document as proof of accommodation that covers the entire duration of your stay in Malta. Depending on where you are staying, this document can be a hotel reservation or a lease agreement, accompanied by a photocopy of your landlord’s identification document and the Rental Declaration Form that you can download here.
    • Proof of financial funds: you must present a bank statement for the last 3 months in which you appear as the account holder. The amount to be demonstrated varies depending on whether your accommodation proof shows that you have already paid for accommodation or you have to pay it month by month. If you have already paid for your accommodation, it will be sufficient to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover expenses of €19 per day. If you have not paid for your accommodation in advance, you must demonstrate €35 per day.
    • If you do not have sufficient funds in your bank account, you can also present a relative’s account (or even a friend’s account). If you choose this option, in addition to the bank statement of the person who will financially support you, you must also provide:
      • A signed declaration in English in which the account holder mentions the amount (converted to Euros) with which they will financially support you during your stay in Malta. The date of this letter should be within the last 2 months.
      • A transfer from their account to your personal account.
      • A photocopy of your credit or debit card.
      • A receipt of withdrawing money from an ATM with your credit or debit card.
    • Medical insurance: it is important to be prepared for any health emergency and to demonstrate that you are covered, you must present a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of €30,000. Dingoos will help you to contract a medical insurance policy that meets this requirement.
    • Return flight ticket to your country: the date of your return flight must not exceed the end date of your course or rental agreement. If your destination is different from your country of residence, make sure it is not a Schengen Area country.
    • Visa application form: you can download it at this link or request a printed copy at your school, where they will also assist you in filling it out. Important! If you fill it out on your own (it’s not difficult), make sure to fill it out in English and that your signature matches your passport.
    • Pay the fee for the Schengen Visa type D: the student visa in Malta (Schengen Visa type D) has a cost of €70, and you must make the payment in cash to the Identity Malta staff at the time of application.

    Reading this list of requirements for applying for a student visa in Malta may have caused you some anxiety. Don’t worry, that’s precisely why we are here. We help you with all the paperwork for free so that you only have to worry about fully enjoying the experience of studying in Malta. Write to us!

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    Where do I need to apply for a student visa for Malta?

    If you are applying from outside Malta [Recommended option]

    Now that you have all your documents ready to apply for a student visa from outside Malta, you should know that visa applications must be submitted at VFS centres recognized by the Maltese government. These centres are present in many countries in Latin America. In the following link, you can check the location of the nearest VFS centre. You need to select the country where you are located and the country you wish to travel to (Malta).

    If you are applying from within Malta

    Now that you have all your documents prepared to apply for a student visa from within Malta, all you need to do is go in person to the Central Visa Unit of Identity Malta.

    • Address: Central Visa Unit, Head Office, Valley Road, Msida, MSD9020, Malta
    • Phone: +356 2590 4550
    • Email: visa.ima@gov.mt
    • Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 2 pm

    Once you submit the documents, if any are missing, you will be asked to obtain them and return another day to submit them all together. If you have all the necessary documents, they will keep your passport and give you a receipt to collect it within approximately 20 days.

     

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    Can you work with a student visa in Malta?

    The answer is yes. The student visa in Malta allows you to apply for a work permit once you have completed the first 3 months (90 days) of study in Malta.

    The cost of the work permit is €230, but it is definitely an investment that you will recover very soon as there are abundant job opportunities in Malta.

    To give you an idea, the unemployment rate in Malta is only 3.2% (Date: August 2021 – Source: datosmacro.com). The main sectors where our students work are tourism, hospitality, IT, and iGaming.

    With this work permit, you can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week).

    Note: Remember that if you are Spanish or a citizen of the European Union, you can work full-time without the need to apply for a visa or work permit. You will simply need to apply for the Maltese ID.

    Do you want to know more about Malta?

    Keep reading and discover everything you need to know about studying, living, and working in Malta.

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    We want you to get to know Malta. That's why we'll tell you about its main characteristics, how its capital is, and some curiosities about the country that will leave you impressed. Let's go to Malta! Let's go Malta!

    Studying in Malta

    With a varied and high-quality educational offer, Malta is the perfect city to spend the months of your life learning English and discovering one of the most charming islands in the Mediterranean while enjoying an unforgettable experience.

    Living in Malta

    Malta has a stable economy and a joyful way of life that invites you to enjoy. Plenty of sunshine, turquoise waters beaches, and cities with many stories to tell come together to make your time in Malta one you will never forget.

    Working in Malta

    Malta has a strong tourism industry and one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, so finding work quickly will not be a problem. This way, you can earn money to cover your expenses while living on this beautiful island.

    Work visa in Malta

    Many people come to Malta attracted by the country’s tourist attractions and the opportunity to have an experience in an English-speaking country with good weather and affordable costs. However, many also decide to stay in the long term due to the job opportunities it offers.

    And it’s because Malta has one of the strongest economies in Europe. In fact, since 2018 it has been ranked among the top countries with the highest economic growth in the European Union.

    The million-dollar question is, how can you obtain the coveted work visa in Malta? If you are from Latin America, keep reading because we will now tell you all the requirements to apply for this visa.

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    Requirements to apply for a work visa in Malta

    To obtain a work visa in Malta, you will need to submit the following documents:

    • Passport: you will be asked for a photocopy of all pages of the passport, which must have a minimum validity of 3 months from the date of application.
    • Two photographs: they should be 35×45 mm in size, taken in color with a white background.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV): you can use the European CV template provided in the following link to create your own.
    • Employer’s letter: in this letter, your employer should explain the reasons for hiring you and why you are the perfect candidate for the position.
    • Job description form: we recommend coordinating with your employer to fill it out. You will need their signature to submit it, and it should be consistent with the content of the employer’s letter mentioned in the previous point. You can download the job description form from this link.
    • Employment contract: the employment contract must be signed by both parties, the employer and the employee.
    • References from former employers: you should request recommendation letters from 2 or 3 of your previous employers. Make sure to mention these jobs in your CV and include the contact information of those employers.
    • Proof of accommodation: you must provide a rental agreement along with a photocopy of your landlord’s identification document and the Rental Declaration Form. It is important that the lease agreement has been registered with Rent Registration.
    • Medical insurance: it is also mandatory to present a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of €30,000. If you have any doubts when purchasing the policy, write to us and we will help you obtain a valid policy at the best possible price.
    • Visa application form: you must fill out and sign the application form for the work visa in Malta. You can download it from this link.
    • Pay the work visa fee: the Single Work Permit in Malta costs €280.50, and you must pay it in cash at the Malta Visa Application Centre or through a bank draft made out to Identity Malta Agency.
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    Where do I have to apply for the work visa for Malta?

    If you are applying from within Malta

    Once you have gathered all the documents mentioned in the previous list, you must submit them to the Central Visa Unit at Identity Malta. Specifically at the “Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs.”

    • Address: Central Visa Unit, Head Office, Valley Road, Msida, MSD9020, Malta
    • Phone: +356 2590 4800
    • Email: eresidence.mgoz@gov.mt
    • Office hours: Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

    It is advisable to go early as there is usually a large number of people waiting to be attended to.

    If you are applying from outside Malta

    If you are not yet in Malta but already have a job offer, it is best for your employer to apply for the work permit on your behalf. Once you receive notification that your work visa for Malta has been accepted, you can travel to the country and go through customs without any issues.

    However, keep in mind that your residence permit will be tied to your employer, so if you or your employer terminate the employment contract, you will need to update the status of your visa.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are a series of questions and answers to address many of the doubts you may have regarding the types of visas in Malta.

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    How can I go to study in Malta?

    As we have reviewed on this page, depending on the duration of your studies in Malta, you have two options:

    • Tourist visa (Schengen Visa type C) for courses that do not exceed 90 days (3 months) in duration.
    • Student visa (Schengen Visa type D) for English courses up to 1 year in duration.

    If you want one of our Dingoos Guides to advise you, write to us, and we will assist you with all the paperwork for free.

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    Can I work in Malta with a student visa?

    With a student visa, you can work part-time (20 hours per week) once you have completed the first 3 months of your English course. This will undoubtedly help you cover the living costs in Malta.

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    Which Latin American countries do not require a visa to travel to Malta?

    The Latin American countries exempt from visa requirements to enter Malta or any other European country (except Ireland and the United Kingdom) are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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    Which Latin American countries require a visa to travel to Malta?

    The Latin American countries that need to apply for a visa before traveling to Malta or any other European country are Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.

     

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    Do I need medical insurance to travel to Malta?

    Yes, to obtain any type of visa for Malta, it is necessary to present a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of €30,000.

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    Do I need to show proof of financial funds to travel to Malta?

    Unless you are a citizen of the European Union, both customs officials and personnel from the Identity Malta Agency will ask you to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Malta.

    We provide detailed information on how much and how you should demonstrate the financial funds in the requirements for each visa on this same page.

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    Can I work full-time if my partner is from the European Union?

    Yes, if your partner is from any European Union country and you present the documents proving that you are a couple, you can work in Malta full-time without the need to apply for a work visa.

    However, to work full-time legally, both you and your partner must go to the Identity Malta Visa Centre in Msida to apply for your Maltese ID and obtain the Community Residence permit.

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    What should I do if my visa is denied?

    Whenever a visa is rejected, Maltese authorities send a letter explaining the reasons for the rejection.

    If this is your case, do not despair because if you disagree with the reasons for the denial of your visa, you have the right to appeal the decision to the Immigration Appeals Board of Malta.

    The deadline to do so is 15 days from the date of notification of the rejection.

    If you decide to appeal, you must send a letter (in English) explaining why you disagree with the decision and provide the supporting documents for the reasons you believe the decision to reject your visa should be reviewed. These documents must be authentic copies and have been certified by a lawyer or notary.

    The appeal must be sent through two channels: by certified mail to “The Secretary Immigration Appeals Board, 15, 1st Floor, City Gate Building, Ordinance Street, Valletta” and by email to “visa.appeals@gov.mt” and “immagrationappealsboard@gov.mt“.

    Once your appeal is received, the Immigration Appeals Board will notify its final decision to both you and the Central Visa Unit.

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    Which other European countries can I travel to with the Schengen Visa?

    If you possess the Schengen Visa, besides Malta, you can travel to any of the 22 countries in the Schengen Area. These countries are as follows: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, and Sweden.

     

    How does Dingoos help you travel to Malta to study and work?

    The answer is simple: we help and accompany you in every phase of your journey to Malta. Our services are carefully designed to meet all the needs that may arise at each moment of your trip.

    All members of the #DingoosTeam have gone through the experience of living, studying, and working abroad. That’s why we do what we do. We love sharing our experience to prevent you from making the same mistakes we did.

    Our goal is to support you, not only in the pre-trip procedures but also once you arrive in Malta.

    Perhaps you don’t know it yet, but it will be when you arrive that you’ll need the most support. And we’ll be here to help you, not only with bureaucratic procedures but also to give you a warm welcome hug and connect you with other international students who have just arrived like you.

    If you’re eager to have an unforgettable experience in Malta, we’re excited to help you make it a reality. Writing to us is the first step!

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