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  Malta Visa, Malta Visa Information, Visa information for Malta

A visa is an authorisation or decision, in the form of a sticker, issued and affixed to a passport by a diplomatic mission or consular post to a third-country national.
 
It authorises the bearer to stay or travel through Malta during a limited and specified period. The possession of a visa does not give the third country national the automatic right of entry, as bearers must prove that they will meet the conditions of entry. Border authorities may refuse entry or annul the visa, if it is subsequently established that:
 
- the bearer is not in possession of adequate means of subsistence;
- the data submitted during the visa application procedure were incorrect or falsified;
- the bearer is unable to provide details regarding the circumstances of the stay in Malta
 
Border authorities may refuse entry also for reasons of security or public policy.
 
Travel Rights for EU Nationals
 
The right to free movement means that every EU citizen is entitled to travel freely around the Member States of the European Union, and settle anywhere within its territory. No special formalities are required to enter an EU country. This fundamental right extends to members of the EU citizen's family, and applies regardless of their situation or the reason for travel or residence.
 
The Schengen area includes the territory of the following 22 European Union countries and associated countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It includes Norway and Iceland. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom do not participate in the Schengen cooperation.
 
Third-country nationals required to have a visa
 
The Amsterdam Treaty, which came into force on 1st May 1999 harmonised the visa rules applying to travel for non-EU nationals. EU Member States with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland which, on the basis of a protocol annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam, maintain autonomous visa, immigration and asylum policies are precluded from unilaterally determining the visa rules related to short-term stays for nationals of any third country.
 
Bound by Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 as amended by Regulation (EC) No  2414/2001  2414/2001 , Regulation (EC) 453/2003 and Regulation (EC) 1932/2006  1932/2006 , the list of third-countries whose nationals are subject to the visa requirement, when travelling to Malta and/or any other EU Member State is as follows:
 
 
AFGHANISTAN
IRAQ
ST VINCENT
ALBANIA
JAMAICA
SUDAN
ALGERIA
JORDAN
SURINAME
ANGOLA
KAZAKHSTAN
SWAZILAND
ARMENIA
KENYA
SYRIA
AZERBAIJAN
KIRIBATI
TAJIKISTAN
BAHRAIN
KUWAIT
TANZANIA
BANGLADESH
KYRGYZSTAN
THAILAND
BELARUS
LAOS
TIMOR-LESTE
BELIZE
LEBANON
TOGO
BENIN
LESOTHO
TONGA
BHUTAN
LIBERIA
TRINDAD & TOBAGO
BOLIVIA
LIBYA
TUNISIA
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
MADAGASCAR
TURKEY
BOTSWANA
MALAWI
TURKMENISTAN
BURKINA FASO
MALDIVES
TUVALU
BURMA/MYANMAR
MALI
UGANDA
BURUNDI
MARSHALL ISLANDS
UKRAINE
CAMBODIA
MAURITANIA
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
CAMEROON
MICRONESIA
UZBEKISTAN
CAPE VERDE
MOLDOVA
VANUATU
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP
MONGOLIA
VIETNAM
CHAD
MONTENEGRO
YEMEN
CHINA
MOROCCO
ZAMBIA
COLOMBIA
MOZAMBIQUE
ZIMBABWE
COMOROS
NAMIBIA
 
CONGO
NAURU
 
COTE D’IVOIRE
NEPAL
 
CUBA
NIGER
 
DEM REP OF CONGO
NIGERIA
 
DJIBOUTI
NORTH KOREA
 
DOMINICA
NORTHERN MARIANAS (IS)
 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
OMAN
 
ECUADOR
PAKISTAN
 
EGYPT
PALAU
 
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
 
ERITREA
PERU
 
ETHIOPIA
PHILIPPINES
 
FIJI
QATAR
 
FYROM
RUSSIA
 
GABON
RWANDA
 
GAMBIA
SAMOA
 
GEORGIA
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
 
GHANA
SAUDI ARABIA
 
GRENADA
SENEGAL
 
GUINEA
SERBIA
 
GUINEA-BISSAU
SIERRA LEONE
 
GUYANA
SOLOMON ISLANDS
 
HAITI
SOMALIA
 
INDIA
SOUTH AFRICA
 
INDONESIA
SRI LANKA
 
IRAN
ST LUCIA
 
INDIA
 
 
INDONESIA
 
 
IRAN
 
 
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A limited set of derogations and exceptions exist for specific categories of persons, notably on grounds of international law or custom. Member States may therefore exempt from the requirement to carry an EU visa, or reintroduce the visa obligation when they would otherwise be exempted, the following categories of persons:
holders of diplomatic passports, official duty passports and other official passports;
  • civilian air and sea crew;
  • flight crew and attendants on emergency or rescue flights and other helpers involved in disaster or emergency relief;
  • the civilian crew of ships navigating in international waters;
  • the holders of laissez-passer issued by some intergovernmental organisations to their officials.
Where can third-country nationals apply for a visa
 
Third-country nationals, who are subject to the visa requirement and who seek to enter Malta, are obliged to apply at Malta’s diplomatic missions and consular posts, as follows:
 
CHINA
Embassy of Malta
Beijing
EGYPT
Embassy of Malta
Cairo
INDIA
Malta High Commission
New Delhi
LIBYA
Consulate of Malta
Tripoli
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Consulate of Malta
Moscow
SAUDI ARABIA
Embassy of Malta
Riyadh
TUNISIA
Embassy of Malta
Tunis
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Consulate of Malta
Dubai
 
Where Malta has no diplomatic mission or consular post, third-country nationals may apply for a visa at the following diplomatic missions and consular posts:
 
AFGHANISTAN
Embassy of Italy
Kabul
ALBANIA
Embassy of Austria
Tirana
ANGOLA
Embassy of Italy
Luanda
AZERBAIJAN
Embassy of Italy
Baku
BAHRAIN
Embassy of Italy
Manama
BANGLADESH
Embassy of Italy
Dhaka
BELARUS
Embassy of Italy
Minsk
BOLIVIA
Embassy of Italy
La Paz
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Embassy of Austria
Sarajevo
CHINA
General Consulate of Austria
Hong Kong
 
General Consulate of Austria
Shanghai
COLOMBIA
Embassy of Austria
Bogota
ERITREA
Embassy of Italy
Asmara
ETHIOPIA
Embassy of Austria
Addis Ababa
GEORGIA
Embassy of Italy
Tbilisi
INDIA
General Consulate of Italy
Calcutta
 
Embassy of Italy
New Delhi
INDONESIA
Embassy of Austria
Jakarta
IRAN
Embassy of Austria
Teheran
IRAQ
Embassy of Italy
Baghdad
KAZAKHSTAN
Embassy of Italy
Astana
KENYA
Embassy of Austria
Nairobi
KUWAIT
Embassy of Austria
Kuwait City
LEBANON
Embassy of Italy
Beirut
MONTENEGRO
General Consulate of Italy
Podgorica
MOROCCO
Embassy of Italy
Rabat
MOZAMBIQUE
Embassy of Italy
Maputo
MYANMAR
Embassy of Italy
Yangon
NAMIBIA
Embassy of Italy
Windhoek
NIGERIA
Embassy of Austria
Abuja
OMAN
Embassy of Austria
Muscat
PAKISTAN
General Consulate of Italy
Karachi
PERU
Embassy of Austria
Lima
QATAR
Embassy of Italy
Doha
SENEGAL
Embassy of Austria
Dakar
SERBIA
Embassy of Italy
Belgrade
SOUTH AFRICA
Consulate of Italy
Cape Town
 
Consulate of Italy
Durban
 
Embassy of Italy
Pretoria
SRI LANKA
Embassy of Italy
Colombo
SUDAN
Embassy of Italy
Khartoum
TANZANIA
Embassy of Italy
Dar es Salaam
THAILAND
Embassy of Austria
Bangkok
 
 
TURKEY
Consulate General of Malta
Istanbul
 
 
UGANDA
Embassy of Italy
Kampala
UZBEKISTAN
Embassy of Italy
Tashkent
YEMEN
Embassy of Italy
Sana’a
ZAMBIA
Embassy of Italy
Lusaka
ZIMBABWE
Embassy of Austria
Harare
 
In addition, visa applications may be filed:
 
a) at any of the following diplomatic missions and consular posts:
 
ARGENTINA
Embassy of Austria
Buenos Aires
AUSTRALIA
Malta High Commission
Canberra
               
Consulate of Malta
Melbourne
               
Consulate of Malta
Sydney
AUSTRIA
Embassy of Malta
Vienna
BELGIUM
Embassy of Malta
Brussels
BRAZIL
Embassy of Austria
Brasilia
               
General Consulate of Italy
Sao Paolo
BULGARIA
Embassy of Austria
Sofia
CANADA
Embassy of Austria
Ottawa
               
Consulate of Malta
Toronto
               
General Consulate of Italy
Vancouver
CHILE
Embassy of Austria
Santiago
DENMARK
Embassy of Malta
Copenhagen
FRANCE
Embassy of Malta
Paris
GERMANY
Embassy of Malta
Berlin
GREECE
Embassy of Malta
Athens
IRELAND
Embassy of Malta
Dublin
ISRAEL
Embassy of Italy
Tel Aviv
ITALY
Embassy of Malta
Rome
JAPAN
Embassy of Austria
Tokyo
MALAYSIA
Embassy of Austria
Kuala Lumpur
MEXICO
Embassy of Austria
Mexico City
NETHERLANDS
Embassy of Malta
The Hague
NICARAGUA
Embassy of Italy
Managua
PANAMA
Embassy of Italy
Panama
PORTUGAL
Embassy of Malta
Lisbon
ROMANIA
Embassy of Austria
Bucharest
SINGAPORE
Embassy of Italy
Singapore
SPAIN
Embassy of Malta
Madrid
SOUTH KOREA
Embassy of Austria
Seoul
SWITZERLAND
Embassy of Austria
Berne
               
Permanent Mission of Malta
Geneva
               
General Consulate of Italy
Zurich
UNITED KINGDOM
Malta High Commission
London
U.S.A
General Consulate of Italy
Chicago
               
General Consulate of Italy
Houston
               
General Consulate of Italy
San Francisco
               
Embassy of Malta
Washington
URUGUAY
Consulate of Italy
Montevideo
VENEZUELA
Embassy of Austria
Caracas
 
at any of the following:
 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Malta Visa Application Centre
Moscow
               
               
St Petersburg
               
               
Yekaterinburg
SERBIA
Embassy of Spain
Belgrade
 
Visa Applications
 
Schengen visa applications must be filed at the diplomatic mission of the country which is the main destination of the visit. In the event, therefore, that an applicant intends to visit several Schengen states (with stays of approximately the same duration), the application must be filed at the diplomatic mission of the country of first entry. Thus, applicants wishing to visit Malta as the main destination, or the country of first entry into the Schengen area, must file their applications at Malta’s diplomatic missions or its representations*
 
Visa applications must be in writing, giving all details required on the Visa Application Form which can be acquired free of charge from Malta’s diplomatic missions and consular posts or downloaded from below:
 
The Visa Application Form must be wholly and legibly completed, and signed by the applicant, and accompanied by:
  • - a valid travel document (passport) validity of which must not be less than three (3) months;
  • - two (2) passport-size photographs, in colour and taken against a white background, with face clearly visible;
  • - the visa fee
* Following the practice of Schengen Member States, Malta entered into representation agreements with other Member States in order that a visa application for Malta can be filed in countries where Malta does not have a diplomatic mission or consular post. The consular post of the country representing Malta will issue visas for entering Malta according to the common Schengen visa policy as if issuing visas for entering their own country.
 
Visa Types and Validity
 
Visas may be individual - issued to an individual applicant and apposed to an individual passport - or group visas - issued to a group of aliens, all having the same nationality of the passport-issuing country, and provided that the document is expressly and formally recognised by Malta. Group visas cannot exceed 30 days.
 
Visas are divided into three main categories:
 
1. Schengen Visas: valid for the territories of all the Schengen Member States; may be:
- Airport Transit Visa (Type A)
- Transit Visa (Type B)
- Short-Stay Visa (Type C), valid for up to 90 days and for single or multiple entries
 
Exceptionally, the Schengen regulation enables important or well-known persons who frequently require a visa and who can provide the necessary guarantees, to be issued with C-type visas which permit a visit of up to 90 days in any half-year and are valid for one (1), two (2), three (3) or five years (5).
 
2. Limited Territorial Validity visas (LTV): these are only valid for the SchengenState whose representative issued the visa (or in particular cases for other Schengen states where specifically named) without any possibility of access to or transit through the territory of any other Schengen States. They are issued solely for humanitarian reasons, or in the national interest, or under international obligations as an exception to the common system. An alien may not directly apply for these visas, which are issued in a few specific cases by the diplomatic or consular representative when it deems it appropriate to issue the visa for the reasons as stated even though not all the conditions are met for the issue of a Schengen Visa, or when the applicant does not hold a validly recognised travel document, in particular emergencies or in case of need.
 
3. Long stay or "national" visas, which are only valid for visits that are longer than 90 days (Type D), with one or more entries, in the territory of the SchengenState whose diplomatic representative issued the visa, and to transit through the territory of other Schengen States for a period of not more than five days.
 
Regulations on stays exceeding 90 days fall within the competence of Malta’s national authorities and third-country nationals requesting to enter Malta with a purpose of a long stay, will at first be granted a “national” visa in order to receive a residence permit.
 
Residence Permits
 
On the basis of the Schengen Convention, now integrated in the EU framework, a valid residence permit from a SchengenState, together with a travel document, can substitute for a visa. Thus a third-country national presenting his/her passport and a valid residence permit issued by a SchengenMemberState can be allowed to enter another SchengenMemberState for a short-stay without needing a visa. This equivalence does not apply to residence permits issued by the United Kingdom and Ireland, since they do not apply the Schengen acquis.
 
Visa Fees
 
Airport Transit Visa (Category A)
- € 60
Transit Visa (Category B)
- € 60
Short-Stay Visa (Category C)
- € 60
Group Visa (Categories A B and C)
- € 60 + € 1 per person
National Visa (Category D)
- € 60
 
Notes:
 
1. The aforementioned fees shall be paid at the Consulate of Malta in any country, where such a representation exists and where an application for a Schengen visa is made.
 
2. Fees, which are to be paid upon application, are non-refundable
 
3. The fee for the issuing of a Schengen visa shall be charged in Euros (€) or the equivalent in US Dollars ($) or the national currency of the country where the application for the issue of such visa is made and as determined by the Consulate of Malta. 
 
4. Schengen visas are issued free of charge to:
 
(a) an accompanying spouse and children under 21 years of age of an EU national or of a EEA national;
(b) children under six (6) years of age;
(c) school pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training; and
(d) researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research. as defined in the Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research.
 
5. A fee reduction or waiver for nationals of a third country may also be granted as a result of a visa facilitation agreement concluded between the European Community and that third country consistent with the Community's overall approach to visa facilitation agreements. Such exemptions are given to Russian nationals following the conclusion of the EU-Russian Federation Visa Facilitation Agreement. As of 1st January 2008, similar bilateral visa facilitation agreements entered into force with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Moldova,Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.
 
Supporting documents required for third-country
 
This documentation, depending on the type of visa requested or which Malta’s diplomatic mission deems it can issue, must necessarily state:
  • the purpose of the visit
  • means of transport and for the return journey
  • means of subsistence (support) during the journey and stay
  • accommodation arrangements
These supporting documents shall cover as follows:
 
supporting documents regarding the purpose of the visit shall mean, for example:
  • a letter of invitation
  • a summons
  • a certificate of enrolment
  • an organised trip
supporting documents regarding means of transport and return shall mean, for example:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
Supporting documents regarding means of subsistence
 
The following may be accepted as proof of means of subsistence:
  • cash in convertible currency
  • traveller's cheques
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account
  • credit cards
  • or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
The level of means of subsistence shall be proportionate to the length and purpose of the stay, and to the amount of € 48 per day.
- supporting documents regarding accommodation
 
The following documents inter alia may be accepted as proof of accommodation:
  • hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment
  • documents proving the existence of a lease or a title‑deed, in the applicant's name, to a property situated in the country to be visited
  • where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person's home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declaration,s where such checks are necessary;
  • or by requiring that a certificate be presented which vouches for the commitment to accommodate, in the form of a harmonised form filled in by the host/institution and stamped by the competent authority in Malta, according to the provisions laid down in its national legislation.
In addition, in support of an application for a short-term or travel visa, applicants must show that they are in possession of adequate and valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
 
Any cases of forged documents produced by foreign nationals for the purposes of obtaining an entry visa shall always been reported to Malta’s Immigration Police by Malta’s diplomatic mission or consular post. This applies both to the forgery of Maltese documents and documents of foreign origin that are in any way used in support of a visa application.
 
Once the visa application is approved on the basis of the documentation, produced by the applicant, and the results of an interview, if required and which is normally conducted directly and personally, the diplomatic mission will carry out all statutory preliminary checks to consult lists of third-country nationals to be refused admission into the Schengen area
 
General Documentation Requirements (by purpose)
 
TOURISM
 
In addition to the visa application form, a valid travel document and two (2) passport-size photographs, applicants need to produce the following documentation:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
  • cash in convertible currency or
  • traveller's cheques or
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account or
  • credit cards
  • or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
  • hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment or
  • where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person's home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declarations, where such checks are necessary;
  • a valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
BUSINESS
 
In addition to the visa application form, a valid travel document and two (2) passport-size photographs,applicants need to produce the following documentation:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
  • cash in convertible currency or
  • traveller's cheques or
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account or
  • credit cards
or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
  • a letter of invitation from the business partner, firm or authority
  • proof of the existence of commercial-business relations or
  • a certificate of the local Chamber of Commerce on the existence of such business activities
  • documents proving the applicant’s status in the business firm
hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment a valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
 
STUDIES
 
In addition to the visa application form, a valid travel document and two (2) passport-size photographs, applicants need to produce the following documentation:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
  • cash in convertible currency or
  • traveller's cheques or
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account or
  • credit cards
  • or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
  • a letter of acceptance from the educational institution indicating entitlement to admission and details on course being undertaken
hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment or
 
where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person's home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declarations, where such checks are necessary;
 
a valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
 
POLITICAL, SCIENTIFIC, CULTURAL, SPORTS or RELIGIOUS EVENTS
 
In addition to the visa application form, a valid travel document and two (2) passport-size photographs, applicants need to produce the following documentation:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
  • cash in convertible currency or
  • traveller's cheques or
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account or
  • credit cards
  • or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
an invitation, entry tickets, enrolments or programmes stating whenever possible the name of the host organisation, the duration or any other appropriate documents indicating the purpose of the visit
 
hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment or where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person's home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declarations, where such checks are necessary;
 
a valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
 
MEDICAL REASONS
 
In addition to the visa application form, a valid travel document and two (2) passport-size photographs, applicants need to produce the following documentation:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
  • cash in convertible currency or
  • traveller's cheques or
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account or
  • credit cards
  • or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
  • a letter from the medical organisation certifying that the applicant is to undergo medical treatment in Malta
  • hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment or where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person's home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declarations, where such checks are necessary;
  • a valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
DEATH, SERIOUS INJURY OF IMMEDIATE NEXT OF KIN
 
In addition to the visa application form, a valid travel document and two (2) passport-size photographs, applicants need to produce the following documentation:
  • a valid return ticket or
  • a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey
  • cash in convertible currency or
  • traveller's cheques or
  • cheque books for a foreign currency account or
  • credit cards
  • or any other means that guarantees funds in hard currency.
  • a statement about the case by the Maltese authorities or
  • a statement about the case by the medical organisation in Malta or
  • a statement about the case by the Medical Doctor
  • hotel reservation or reservation for a similar establishment or where a third-country national states that he/she shall stay at a person's home or in an institution, the applicant must present a written declaration by the host which vouches for the host’s commitment to accommodate. The diplomatic mission and consular posts will verify such declarations, where such checks are necessary;
  • a valid individual or group Travel Medical Insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment. The insurance must be valid throughout the SchengenMemberStates and cover the entire period of the person’s stay. The minimum coverage is of € 30,000.
Documents required for non EU Family members
 
When travelling with an EU national, family members of the EU national, who are also EU nationals, need to carry a valid passport or identity card. In the case of minors, individual EU Member State legislation usually provides for the issue of a special identity card or for            an entry to be made in the passport of one of the parents.
 
If the family members of the EU national, are third-country nationals, the EU Member State(s) to or through which travel is intended may require an entry visa, depending on their nationality. This visa should be granted free of charge. These freedoms apply to non-EU national family members only when they accompany the EU national.
 
When travelling alone, family members who are not EU nationals are not entitled to the visa arrangements mentioned above. Non-EU nationals who wish to travel alone within the EU have to comply with the normal visa requirements for their nationality.
 
Residence Permits (for study purposes)
 
A “fixed-term” residence permit for a period exceeding three (3) months and specifically for study may be issued to a third-country nationals to follow:
 
1. Courses of study leading to a higher education qualification.
 
Legal Notice 29 of 2008 regulates the admittance and residence (for a period of not less than three months) of third country nationals, who have been accepted by an establishment of higher education and admitted to pursue, as their main activity, a full-time course of study leading to a higher education qualification recognised by the Malta Qualification Recognition Information Centre. The said establishment of higher education could be either the University of Malta or a private college officially authorized to conduct such courses.
 
A third country national, who shall be following a course of studies as specified above, will require a residence permit to cover his / her stay in Malta. When applying for such a permit the person concerned should submit the following:
 
(a) a valid passport, the validity of which shall cover the duration of the course of studies to be undertaken;
(b) a parental declaration, in the case of a minor, authorizing the minor’s stay in Malta for the purposes of studies for the duration of the course;
(c) proof that he/she is covered by sickness insurance in respect of all risks against sickness, unless covered under the provisions of the Healthcare Fees Regulations 2004 (L.N. 201 of 2004);
(d) proof that he/she has been accepted by an educational establishment to follow a full-time course of study recognized by the Malta Qualification Recognition Information Centre http://www.enicnaric.net/index.aspx?c=Malta
 
Where the student is applying to study at a private institution for a degree to be awarded by a non-Maltese educational entity, he/she shall provide evidence that he/she has registered as an external student with such entity;
 
(e) documentary evidence that during his/her stay in Malta he/she will have sufficient funds to cover his / her subsistence (which will be equivalent to a minimum of seventy-five percent of the national minimum wage calculated on a weekly basis for the duration of his/her stay in Malta), his/her tuition fees and return travel costs;
(f) evidence of sufficient knowledge of the language of the course which he/she would be following; and
(g) proof that the payment of the fees charged by the relative educational establishment have been effected.
 
A residence permit valid for one year or for the duration of the studies, if the relative period is less than one year, will be issued provided that the issue of such a permit is not contrary to public policy, public security or public health. The issue of such residence permit shall be subject to the student successfully undergoing health screening as instructed. (In this regard further information, as to the procedures that have to be followed, may be obtained by contacting the Educational establishment concerned).
 
Students holding a residence permit shall be entitled to take up employment, for a maximum period of ten hours each week, as long as they are in possession of an employment licence. Students shall not be so entitled during their first year of residence in Malta. Further information in this respect may be obtained from the Employment and Training Corporation (e-mail address: etc@gov.mt)
 
The Director, Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs, may withdraw or refuse to renew a residence permit:
 
(a) when the residence permit has been fraudulently acquired; or
(b) wherever it appears that the applicant did not meet or no longer meets the conditions laid down in the provisions of the above-mentioned legal notice; or
(c) when he/she does not respect the limits imposed by his / her employment licence; or
(d) when he/she does not make acceptable progress in his / her studies; or
(e) on grounds of public policy, public security or public health.
 
In the case that an application for a residence permit on the basis of the regulations mentioned above is refused, the student shall have the right to appeal against such decision to the Immigration Appeals Board within three days of the notification of such decision. Any communication to the said Board should be addressed as follows:
 
The Secretary
Immigration Appeals Board
Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs
Fort St Elmo
Valletta CMR 02
 
2. Courses (English-Language)
 
A third-country national who will be following a course of studies which does not fall within the parameters of (1) will require a residence permit to cover his/her stay in Malta, unless such period of stay is not covered by a visa, or in the case of third country nationals exempt from the visa requirement, such period of stay is less than three (3) months.
 
In order to enter the territory of Malta, third-country nationals, subject to the visa requirement, must apply for either:
 
a national visa (Type D) from Malta’s diplomatic missions or    consular posts to cover the whole period of their course.
Or
a short-stay visa (Type C) when applying at representations, where Malta has no consular post. Upon arrival and after the relative application has been submitted and approved, this will be converted into a “fixed-term” residence permit allowing them to pursue their studies.
A third country national, exempt from the visa requirement, is allowed to remain in Malta and the Schengen territory for an aggregate period of three (3) months from the date of arrival. If, therefore, the course is of a longer duration, the third-country national would have to apply for a residence permit to cover his period of studies in Malta.
 
Documentation required:
 
The third-country national must submit the following documentation, directly or if preferred, through the educational institution, to the Department for Citizenship & Expatriates:
 
the standard Application Form (CEA/20) duly filled-in and signed;
two (2) passport-size photographs;
letter of acceptance from the educational institution indicating entitlement to admission and details on course being undertaken and/or extended;
copies of the details pages from the passport;
means of support (foreign transfers, bank account etc) amounting to the minimum amount of €48 per day for the duration of the course and/or extension;
 
a health insurance policy valid for Malta
 
Any cases of forged documents produced by foreign nationals for the purposes of obtaining a residence permit shall always be reported to Malta’s Immigration Police by Malta’s diplomatic or consular post or the Department of Citizenship & Expatriates. This applies both to the forgery of Maltese documents and documents of foreign origin that are in any way used in support of such an application.
 
Documents added to an application which are issued abroad must be translated in English and the authenticity of the translation must be certified by a Notary. Documents issued abroad must be legalised or confirmed by a certificate (apostille), unless otherwise stipulated by an international agreement.
 
Educational institutions are bound to inform the Department of Citizenship & Expatriates about any suspension and/or termination of the applicant’s studies, for which the third-country national has been granted such a residence permit. Upon such notification, the residence permit will be revoked and the applicant would have to leave Malta.
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