36 – 38 Piccadilly
Telephone: 020 7292 4800
Website: Embassy website
Do I need a visa to visit Malta?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the Maltese Embassy website.
How can I apply?
To apply for your visa, you must make an appointment and go to the Embassy in person. Instructions on how to go about this is outlined below.
How do I book an appointment?
To make a visa appointment you must email the Embassy. Their email address is email@example.com. It is important that flights are not booked before an appointment is made. Visa appointments are done every Monday and Wednesday from 09:30hrs to 12:30hrs and from 14:00hrs to 15:30hrs.
What documents do I need?
For a full list of documentation required, you should check by ringing the Maltese Embassy as requirements may change:
As a guideline you should expect to provide:
- Completed application form available to download.
- Your passport or travel document which must be valid and in date. This must contain your student visa (which must be valid for at least 3 months longer than the validity of the Schengen visa applied for) Your passport must have two consecutive blank pages to affix the Schengen visa sticker.
- 2 identical colour passport photos which have been taken in the last 6 months and fulfil the requirements on the Embassy’s photo recommendations document (PDF).
- Schengen letter available from your faculty.
- Travel insurance to cover the duration of the visit. Insurance is available from the Post Office, large supermarkets or various providers online. The insurance company will provide you with a letter of certificate to include with your application.
- Proof of travel plans: this will be the flight / ferry / train booking for your trip. This country insists that you must pre-book your travel before application.
- Proof of accommodation: this will be the booking for the hotel or other accommodation you will be staying at. It is easy to find hotels that make bookings either with a small deposit or no fee at all, so book with one of these. See our tips in our travel pages.
- Proof of financial means. You should have approx. £40 per day available to you for the duration of your visit. You should provide bank statements covering the last 3 months or travellers cheques for the relevant amount to prove this. Wage slips are also accepted alongside bank statements.
- Schengen visa fee. Currently 60 Euros, but you can check with the Embassy to confirm charges and method of payment through the Embassy website.
- Self addressed special delivery envelope. This is so that the Embassy can post your passport and / or documents back to you when a decision has been made and is available from all post offices.
- Copies of all documents provided. Generally, you will be expected to take both originals and copies of all your documents to your appointment with you.
How do I get to the Embassy?
Information on how to get to the Maltese Embassy and a map is available online. The nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus.
If you plan on visiting the Embassy in the morning, you will probably have to book overnight accommodation in London to ensure that you arrive in time. Make sure you plan your route across London on a map before you go. If your appointment is early in the morning, try and have a practice walk of the route the day before your appointment. You will not be seen or offered a later appointment if you miss your slot.
A map of the London Underground is available.
See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London,
www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.
See www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-hotels or www.hostelworld.com for cheap hotels and hostels. In London, you may also be able stay at The International Students House www.ish.org.uk/accommodation/. Contact them direct for details.
How long will it take?
When you have had your documents checked at your appointment, the Embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you. This Embassy aims to return postal applications within 15 days, but to be sure, call them on the number indicated above.
How can the International Student Support Service help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.
If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which country you are applying to and the date you intend to go to London to submit your application.
You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.