Why Malta Could Be A Good Choice For Immigration

Malta is the smallest Island nation located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea in Europe. It lies 93 km (58 miles) south of Sicily (Italy) in Southern Europe and around 300 km (186 miles) north of the North African coast. Malta is the smallest EU nation in terms of landmass and population. Malta is just 121 square miles (316 km) with a population of over 516,000. It is made up of three Islands: Malta,  Gozo and Comino. The Capital of Malta is Valletta, one of Europe’s smallest capital city. Valletta is the administrative and commercial hub with many historical buildings dating back to the 16th century. Malta attracts around 1.6 million tourists every year.

Immigrants are attracted to this beautiful island not only for its natural beauty and architectural gems but because of its successful flourishing gaming industries and the financial services. Tourists enjoy abundance of leisure activities here including diving, wallowing in the blue lagoons and visiting the 16th century citadel Wander Valletta. Malta is Europe’s top dive destination, with exceptionally clear water, spectacular underwater landscapes, amazing aquatic life. There are as many as 50 diving schools across Malta where people can learn diving. Since Malta became a member of the EU immigrants from non-EU countries moved to Malta to contribute to the growing industries which includes aviation, hotel, construction, banking, ICT & shared services and others. The main immigrant communities in Malta are the Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs, Albanians and the Nigerians.

Traveling information: 

As of now there is no Covid-19 travel requirements for entering Malta as per the website. However, travelling may increase the risk of contracting or spreading the Covid-19 virus, so it is recommended to be fully vaccinated and check the travel requirement of both the home and destination countries before you start travel. If any symptoms of fever, cold shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell etc. Please do not travel and we recommend you to postpone your travel dates. If you are a citizen of an EU remember to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). It is also essential to carry valid passport, Visa and essentials like sufficient masks and sanitizer. Make sure to complete health/travel declaration and passenger locator forms wherever applicable.

How to immigrate:   

Malta is a member of the EU since 1st May 2004. Therefore, the immigration process is fairly straight forward and easy.  People travelling to and from Schengen areas will not require passport and immigration visa to move in Malta and move around anywhere in Europe. So nationals from non-EU nations will need Tourist Schengen Visa for touring Malta. 

Tourist Schengen Visa – This visa is valid up to 90 days (3 months), can be single or multiple entry visa. Under only unforeseen emergency circumstances extension is possible which is done by the Central Visa Unit. This visa allows the visa holder to travel to all the 25 countries in the Schengen area. This tourist visa can be issued for Tourism, Family, Business, Medical purpose and other short strips.  The Malta Schengen Long-term Visa which is valid for 35 days issued for specific reasons which may include family reunion, work or even study. 

The documents required to apply for the Tourist Schengen Visa that are to be submitted at the Maltese embassy are: 

  • Valid Passport
  • Fully filled application form
  • Visa Fees Receipt
  • Copies of previous visas (if applicable)
  • Passport size photos – 2 nos.
  • Covering Letter stating the purpose of travel
  • Six months’ bank statement & financial proof while staying in Malta
  • Proof of residence in Malta
  • Schengen Visa Travel insurance
  • Round trip Air tickets
  • Employment contract/Business License/ Students enrollment / pension statement – whichever is applicable 

The application form for the visa can be filled online or filled in person at the embassy or visa application center. The tourist visa fees depend on the age of the person and the home country. The mode of payment is also different as accepted by the visa center or embassy. Citizens from EU/EEA/Swiss, Scientists on research trips and students on school trips are exempt from the Malta Visa Fee payment. Citizens from countries with a visa-free agreement with Schengen, like US, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand etc. are exempt from Visa to enter Malta. The standard fees structure is: 

  • €80 – standard visa fee
  • €40 – for children between the ages of 6 – 12 years
  • €35 – for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia

 The other types of Visa for Visiting Malta are: 

  • Malta Work Visa
  • Malta Transit Visa
  • Malta Student Visa
  • Malta Family Visa
  • Malta Retirement Visa
  • Malta Nomad Visa
  • Malta Golden Visa

To download the Schengen Visa Application form and also other important guidelines, please visit:

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