Visa Advice for Foreign Nationals

Opening Hours


The High Commission in Canberra is open from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.


The Consulates General in Melbourne and in Sydney are open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1.00pm, and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.  



An appointment is required for visa applications.

  • Applicants in the Australian Capital Territory and enquiries Australia and New Zealand-wide, please call on (02) 6290 1847 or send an email on or on to book an appointment or to request further information on the visa application process.


  • Applicants in Victoria, please call on (03) 9670 8427 or send an email on to book an appointment or to request further information on the visa application process.


  • Applicants in New South Wales, please call on (02) 9262 9500 or send an email on to book an appointment or to request further information on the visa application process.


Due to seasonal large number of applications, an appointment may not be available for several weeks. Applicants must book their appointments in good time before travel. 


The High Commission in Canberra, the Consulates General in Melbourne and in Sydney will remain closed on the following dates:


Date (2018)


1 January

New Year’s Day

26 January

Australia Day

12 March

Canberra Day/ Labour Day (VIC)

30 March

Good Friday

2 April

Easter Monday

25 April


28 May

Reconciliation Day

7 June

Sette Giugno

11 June

Queen’s Birthday

21 September

Independence Day (Malta)

28 September

AFL Grand Final

1 October

Labour Day (ACT)

6 November

Melbourne Cup

13 December

Republic Day (Malta)

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

Boxing Day




  • Apply at the High Commission for Malta in Canberra – 38, Culgoa Circuit, O’Malley ACT 2606
  • Apply at the Consulate General for Malta in Victoria – Suite 613, Level 6, 343 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Apply at the Consulate General for Malta in New South Wales – Suite 10.04, Level 10, 31 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000


Visa applicants may submit their applications in person directly at the High Commission in Canberra, at the Consulate General in Melbourne or at the Consulate General in Sydney by appointment only. 


Biometric data will be collected during the appointment using a quick, discreet, and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner. Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken.


Click here for further information on whether you need to apply for a Schengen visa for your travel to Malta.


Click here for information for non-EU nationals who are family members to EU nationals.


Click here to download an Application for Schengen Visa. Additional documentation needs to be provided to support the application form. Refer to the section below for more information.


Mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry to the Schengen zone. Visa holders are requested to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions at the external border.

  • Required Documentation


Visa applications must be in writing with all details filled in. The application must be wholly and legibly completed, and signed by the applicant. The applicant must also provide:


(a)  A valid travel document (passport), validity of which must not be less than 3 months.

(b)  Residence permit

(c)   A recent passport-size photograph, in colour, and taken against a white background, with face clearly visible.

(d)  The visa fee. Refer to the visa fee section below.

(e)  A travel medical insurance covering emergency medical, hospitalisation, and repatriation (including in case of death). The minimum cover should be of EUR 30,000 (equivalent to a minimum cover of Australian $50,000). This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay.

(f)   Supporting documentation: purpose of visit, means of transport (such as a valid flight return ticket), means of subsistence during the journey and stay, and accommodation arrangements.


The High Commission and the Consulates General may ask applicants for any other supporting documents it deems necessary. To this effect, it is recommended that applicants contact the High Commission or the Consulates General beforehand for further details.


Further information on what documentation is required can be found at and at

  • Ap​plication Processing


Applications for Schengen Short-Stay Visas (C Visas) can be lodged within 3 months prior to the planned trip. Applications are in most cases reviewed within 7-15 days. In individual cases, the review period can be extended up to 30 days, and in exceptional cases up to 60 days. Some Schengen States require that they are consulted on visa applications submitted to other Schengen States by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may take up to 7 calendar days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed on the following list.


It is recommended not to lodge a visa application later than 15 days prior to the planned trip, as it cannot be otherwise guaranteed it will be reviewed in time. Holders of multiple-entry Schengen Short-Stay Visas can lodge a visa application before this visa has expired, provided it has been valid for at least 6 months.


The HIGH COMMISSION and the CONSULATES GENERAL will not be liable to loss of travel expenses due to late submission of applications.

  • Passports and Fees


Passports must be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from Malta for a single entry Schengen visa.


Kindly note that only passports that have been issued during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport was issued more than 10 years ago and has been extended, the application might not be processed. Applicants are kindly requested to apply for a new passport at their Embassy or High Commission.


Visa Fees

Schengen Visa

Australian $85

Schengen Visa (0-6 Years)


Schengen Visa (6-12 Years)

Australian $55

Schengen Visa (Family Members of EU and Swiss Nationals)


Schengen Visa (for Countries with Visa Facilitation Agreements)

Australian $55


Payment is done in Australian Dollars cash only, and depending on the exchange rate on the date of the application. Personal cheques are not accepted. Money orders and bank cheques may be accepted. No visa fees are refundable whatever the outcome of the application.

  • Right to Appeal


Visa applications undergo careful consideration and might be refused. Applicants who have been refused or have had their visa annulled or revoked, have the right to appeal against such decisions to the Immigration Appeals Board within 15 days of the notification of such decision.


Full information can be found within the refusal letter once delivered to the applicant. Such letters also include the reasoning behind the refusal decision. Any communication to the Immigration Appeals Board should be addressed as follows:


            The Secretary

            Immigration Appeals Board

            109, Triq Zekka

            Valletta VLT 1517



Or via email on the following address: