A visa 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 the bearer must meet the conditions of entry.
Limited Territorial Validity Visas
Limited Territorial Validity Visas (LTV), are only valid for that Schengen State which 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.
These visas are issued solely for humanitarian reasons, in national interest or for other international obligations as an exception to the common rule. Such visas are by the diplomatic or consular representative only in limited specific cases.
Long Stay/ National Visas
Long Stay or “National” Visas, are only valid for visits that are longer than 90 days, with one or more entries in the territory of the Schengen State who issued the visa, and to transit through the territory of other Schengen States for a period of not more than five days.
The reason (whether for business, study, holiday or otherwise) for entry in Malta would need to be clearly included on the application form in all of the cases.
Short Stay/Schengen Visa
Schengen Visas are valid for the territories of all the Schengen Member States and are categorised as follows:
- Airport Transit Visa;
- Short-Stay Visa, valid for up to 90 days and for single or multiple entries.
The Schengen Agreement
Exceptionally, in terms of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement persons who frequently require a visa and who can provide the necessary guarantees, may apply for a Short-Stay Visa which allow 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).