Visa Advice for Foreign Nationals

Section 1: Opening Hours – Malta High Commission London


The Malta High Commission is open from:

Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00.


Please note: We are closed between 13:00 and 14:00.


All visa applications are made through VFS:

An appointment is required for visa applications. Email to request further information on the visa application process.


Note: Due to the 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 Malta High Commission will remain closed on the following dates: Public Holidays

Section 2: Visa Centres

Visa applicants must submit their applications in person at 1 of the 3 VFS centres via appointments 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.


The VFS application centres in the United Kingdom are:

§  London

§  Manchester

§  Edinburgh


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.


Section 3: Required Documentation


3.1 Family Members of EEA Nationals


§  In accordance with EU Directive 2004/38 family members of EEA nationals who are in possession of a British Residence Card with the endorsement “family member of an EEA national” do not require a visa to visit Malta for up to 90 days to when they are accompanying the EEA national. If the applicant does not have this resident card and is accompanying the EEA national, they must submit the required documents as listed in points 1 through 6 and 10.5.


3.2 UK Residence Permit/Visa/Entry Clearance


§  UK entry clearance, visa or residence permit must be valid for a minimum of 3 months AFTER the date of departure from the Schengen zone or the expiry of the Schengen visa for a single entry. For multiple entries a minimum of 9 months AFTER the date of departure from the Schengen zone or the expiry of the Schengen visa is required. Applications by holders of C-visit visa are not acceptable.


3.3 Validity of Passport


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


§  Applications with passports exceeding ten years validity will not be accepted under any circumstances. (i.e. passport does not exceed ten years from date of issue to date of expiry).


3.4 Payment Exemptions


§  There is no charge for applications for all children under 6 years of age. For applicants between 6-12 years the visa fee is equivalent to £31.50 (depending on the exchange rate on the date).


§  If you are married or dependent to an EEA national you are entitled to a free visa provided that you are travelling with an EEA national and submit your spouse’s or dependant’s valid EEA passport, travel bookings for both persons, and an original marriage/ birth certificate. Non UK certificates have to be duly legalised. Please refer to the below paragraph for further details.


§  If the birth/marriage took place outside the UK, then the original marriage/birth certificate has to be apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or duly legalised by the London Embassy of the respective country where the marriage/birth took place.


§  In the case of a non UK birth/marriage certificate which is not legalised as indicated above, the visa fee will apply and all supporting documents need to be submitted.


§  In case of students travelling to Malta on a study field trip must provide an itinerary of the field trip apart from the list provided hereunder for the fee to be waived.


3.5 Collection of Passport/Visa


§  All passports/visas will be sent by registered post through our visa application centres. Please note that the Malta High Commission is not responsible for any loss or delay of passports and supporting documents once these have been posted and left our premises.


Section 4: Checklist for the basic requirements for persons applying for a visa irrespective of the purpose of travel


1)    A visa application form completely filled in and signed.


2)    A travel document valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the territory of the Member States, with at least two blank pages and does not exceed ten years from date of issue to date of expiry.


3)    A United Kingdom residence permit valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area.


4)    Visa fee when applicable.


5)    One recent (last 6 months) passport photo.


6)    Proof of confirmed return ticket to the United Kingdom or to the country of final destination

§  For a multiple entry visa proof of multiple flights and accommodation are required.


7)    Travel Medical Insurance – the travel medical insurance shall cover the entire period of the intended stay, be valid for all Schengen States and cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgency medical attention, emergency hospital treatment or death during the stay. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30,000. If a bank covers the visa applicant while abroad, a letter from the bank stating that the above conditions are fulfilled must be provided.

8)    Proof of Accommodation: A confirmed hotel reservation or a Declaration of Proof (as attached) to be completed by the person/company hosting you in Malta and witnessed by a competent authority.


9)    Proof of your financial means (bank statements of your UK current account for the last 3 months). A minimum of £50 per day spent in Malta per person and for the return to the UK; or:

§  Traveller’s cheques showing the same as above (including name details).

§  If the applicant is financially supported by her/his spouse (for example if the applicant does not work herself/himself), please also provide a marriage certificate and the spouse’s bank statements.

Please note that cash is not accepted as proof of sufficient means.


10)  Additional documents required depending on status of applicant:


10.1) For Employed Applicants:

§  A recent, official and signed letter from employer (headed letter with name, position of signatory and date of issue, address, recent telephone number and registration number in the United Kingdom) and/or payslips for the last 3 months.


10.2) For Self-Employed Applicants:

§  Recent letter from accountant, banker or solicitor (official headed letter with name, date of issue, address, recent telephone number and position of signatory and registration number in the United Kingdom) stating self-employment or business ownership in the United Kingdom.

§  Letter from the tax authorities.


10.3) For Students Applicants:

§  Recent, official and signed letter from United Kingdom school, college or university stating date of issue, name of the applicant and type of studies and number of lessons (hours) per week and attendance record.


10.4) For Minors (children below 18 years) minors travelling alone or with only one parent:

§  Birth certificate.

§  Original passports of both parents (unless one parent has the sole custody or residence order for the child).

§  Proof of consent of parental authority or legal guardian.

§  Minors attending school need to submit a letter confirmation from school.


10.5) For Family member of EU/EEA citizen (spouses and children):

§  The EU/EEA citizen's passport and a copy thereof.

§  Proof of residence in the UK

§  Of the family relationship: marriage/birth certificate and a copy thereof (if certificate was not issued in the UK, the certificate must be duly legalised. Please see payment exemption page).

§  Travel ticket of EEA family member travelling with visa applicant.


11)  Additional documents required depending on the purpose of trip:

11.1) For Business trips:

§  An invitation from a firm or an authority to attend meetings, conferences, proof of registration, or events connected with trade, industry or work.

§  Other documents which show the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes.

§  Entry tickets or registration for fairs and congresses.


11.2) Study or professional training:

§  A certificate of enrolment at an educational establishment (school, university, college, etc) for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses within the framework of basic and further training.

§  Certificate of the courses to be attended.

§  Documents in relation to accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover the accommodation.


11.3) Tourism:

§  Confirmed hotel booking for your full stay in the Schengen area or any other appropriate document stating the planned accommodation.

§  Or booking confirmation of a European tour or any other appropriate document.


11.4) Private (family-friends) visit:

§  Proof of invitation/sponsorship by means of an official form (certificate of board and lodging), if applicable.

§  An invitation from the host if staying with one.

§  Documents in relation to accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover this accommodation.

§  Copy of data page of passport or residence permit of host in the Member State, if staying with one.

§  Proof of family relationship.

§  The Declaration Proof form would need to be signed and stamped by a lawyer in Malta. Malta requires a specific form which can be found here​ .

The following Member States' Consulates require that a specific form be used for the invitation letter: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Please contact the Member States concerned for further specifications.


11.5) Medical treatment:

§  An official document of the medical institution confirming necessity for medical care in that institution.

§  Proof of sufficient financial means to pay for the medical treatment.

§  Proof of prepayment of medical treatment.


11.6) Official delegations travelling on the basis of an official invitation addressed to the government of the third country concerned, to participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programs, as well as in events held in the territory of a Member State by intergovernmental organizations.

§  A letter issued by an authority of the third country concerned confirming that the applicant is a member of the official delegation travelling to a member state to participate in the abovementioned events, accompanied by a copy of the official invitation from the intergovernmental organization in the Member State.

§  Or Note Verbale.


12)  Particular requirements applying to specific categories of persons:

12.1) Seafarers:

§  Seaman's book.

§  Covering letter from recruiting company stating the name and the rank of the seafarer.

§  Vessel's name, vessel's arrival date in port and the date of the seafarer's joining of the vessel.


12.2) Lorry drivers:

§  A written request from the national association (union) of carriers of the host country providing for international road transportation, stating the purpose, duration and frequency of the trips.

§  Written request from the partner company based in the Member State.

§  Driver's licence for international transport.


12.3) Persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out paid activity or internship:

§  Under the national legislation of the Member States, some paid activities or internships require the applicant to provide a work permit or a similar document: please check the website of the Member State concerned).

§  If the applicant applies in the framework of a provision of a service, s/he must produce an A1 (CNR) Form issued by the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


§  In individual cases, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation/information when such a need appears during the examination of an application.

§  Applicants are required to submit originals and one copy of each of the required documentation.


The Consulate may ask applicants for any other supporting documents it deems necessary. To this effect, it is recommended that applicants contact the Consulate or External Service Provider beforehand for further details.


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


Section 5: General Information and Fees

  • Application 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 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 15 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 30 days prior to the planned trip, as it cannot be otherwise guaranteed it will be reviewed in time.


The Malta High Commission will not be liable to loss of travel expenses due to late submission of applications.

  • Passports and Fees


Passports much 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.




Admin Fee


Schengen Visa




Schengen Visa (6-12years)




Schengen Visa (facilitation agreement)




National D Visa





Payment is done in Pounds (£) only and depending on the exchange rate on the date of the application. Cheques are not acceptable. No visa fees are refundable whatever the outcome of the application.


All visas will be sent by registered post through our visa application centres. Please note that the Mission is not responsible for any loss or delay of passports and supporting documents once these have been posted and left the Mission.

  • 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:​​​​​​

Contact Information:

Malta High Commission
Malta House
36-38 Piccadilly
0207 292 4800
0207 292 4803
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