Visa Advice for Foreign Nationals

Opening Hours


The Embassy of Malta in Washington DC is open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm for visa applications.


An appointment is required for visa applications. Please 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 Embassy in Washington DC will remain closed on the following dates:


Date (2018)


1 January 2018

New Year’s Day

15 January 2018

Martin Luther King Jr Day (USA)

 30 March 2018

Good Friday (Malta)

31 March 2018

Freedom Day (Malta)

28 May 2018

Memorial Day (USA)

7 June 2018

Sette Guignio (Malta)

4 July 2018

Independence Day (USA)

8 September 2018

Victory Day (Malta)

21 September 2018

Independence Day (Malta)

8 October 2018

Columbus day ( USA)

12 November 2018

Veterans Day (USA)

22 November 2018

Thanksgiving (USA)

13 December 2018

Republic Day (Malta)

25 December 2018

Christmas Day (Malta and USA)



  • At the Consulate – Washington DC


Visa applicants may submit their applications in person directly at the Consulate in Washington DC, 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.


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. Applications are to be accompanied by scanned PDFs of the following documents.  Originals of these documents will be requested during the physical interview at the Consulate of Malta in Washington DC:


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

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

(c)   Alien Registration / Green Card / USA Visa.

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

(e)  Invitation letter from Malta.

(f)   Proof of Lodging / Hotel Reservation.

(g)  Recent bank statement.

(h)  Certificate of employment.

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

(j)    Self-addressed pre-paid Envelope (FEDEX, UPS USPS) or US$13.00 to cover courier services charges.


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


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


Upon receipt of the Visa Application and supporting documents via email, the applicant will be granted an appointment for the submission of biometric data.  This will be carried out in person at the Consulate of the Republic of Malta in Washington DC.

  • 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 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 Embassy 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


Schengen Visa (0-6 Years)


Schengen Visa (6-12 Years)


Schengen Visa (Family Members of EU and Swiss Nationals)


Schengen Visa (for Countries with Visa Facilitation Agreements)



Payment is done in USD cash equivalent 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.


Please note that the Embassy is not responsible for any loss or delay of passports and supporting documents once these have been posted and left the Embassy.

  • 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:

Embassy of Malta 2017
Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

(202) 462-3611,
(202) 462-3612
 Emergency no.
001 (202) 7163617
(202) 387-5470
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