Visa Advice for Foreign Nationals

  • General Background

Visa applications for Malta from Indian, Bangladeshi and Nepali citizens can be submitted at one of the 16 Malta Visa Application Centres.  All information regarding the visa application information, together with the location and contact details of the Malta Visa Application Centres, is available at the website of the Malta Visa Information website:


Only humanitarian/exception visa applications may be submitted directly at the High Commission and by appointment only.  Please email on or call on +91 11 4767 4900 from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 16:00 for an appointment.


Visa applications can be submitted 3 months prior to the intended date of travel but not later than 15 days. Only passports valid for ten years can be endorsed with a visa.  Passports valid for more than ten years or expire within 3 months from date of exit from Schengen Area are not acceptable.


Holders of Indian diplomatic passports visiting Malta for short stays not acceding 90 days do not require a visa to travel to Malta. 


Applicants for short stay visas (up to 90 days) resident in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka should submit their visa applications at the Embassy of Italy in Dhaka and the Embassy of Italy in Colombo, respectively.  Applicants for long stay visas (over 90 days) resident in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are required to write to the Central Visa Unit in Malta at for information on how to submit their applications. 


Any communication with the Visa Section of the High Commission has to be made in writing.  Staff at the High Commission are not in a position to provide information on visa applications over the telephone. 



Visa applicants may submit their applications in person at the Malta Visa Application Centres located at Ahmedabad, Cochin, Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Puducherry, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar and Trivandrum.  For further information and booking appointments, please visit:


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.


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 legible and wholly completed with all details filled in.  The applicant must also provide:


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

d)      The service fee of VFS Global, the external service provider.

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. This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay.

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


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


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


  • 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 {https://ec/ }


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 would 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 will not be liable to loss of travel expenses due to late submission of applications.

  • Passports and Visa 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   (fpr Countries with Visa Facilitation Agreements)



Payment is done in Rupees cash only, and depending on the applicable exchange rate.   Cheques are not acceptable. No visa fees are refundable whatever the outcome of the application.


All passports will be returned 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 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: