Visa information tends to raise questions and leads to confusion. If you are a Maltese citizen and you wish to travel to the USA you do need a visa persee, you need an ESTA.The good news is that the process is quite simple and we’re here to tell you how you can apply for the ESTA.
We will share with you the visa requirements for Maltese citizens and explain what the ESTA really is and how it works. Read on to find out more details.
Malta is one of the 38 countries that can enter the USA with an ESTA, which is the acronym for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Launched in 2009, the ESTA came to being to improve security at the US border. It allows the country to regulate the number of visitors as well as control their security information.
This Visa Waiver Program (VWP) aims to offer an alternative to the standard travel visa for visitors from specific countries. Among other English speaking countries like Ireland, the UK or Australia, Malta is part of this Visa Waiver Program and this means that citizens of Malta can use this simplified process to travel to the USA.
As a Maltese citizen you need to fill in an ESTA application form if you wish to travel to the USA from Malta or your country of residence. The ESTA allows Maltese citizens to enter the US for a period of up to 90 days, whether your trip is for tourism and leisure, business or medical purposes.
Please keep in mind that this visa waiver for Malta is not a visa, it is an authorization to travel to the US. It’s important that you are aware that the ESTA cannot be guaranteed to all Maltese citizens. There are restrictions in place and the final decision to grant you this authorization is made by the US Department of Homeland Security. In case that an ESTA application is denied, you have to apply for an USA Tourist visa.
No need to drive long distances to reach an embassy or consulate. You can apply online for the ESTA from the comfort of your home or office.
You will need the following documentation:
All Maltese citizens who wish to travel to the USA and who apply for the ESTA must have a machine readable passport with an electronic chip (also known as biometric passport). This is an important requirement as the visa waiver will be electronically linked to your passport.
As a Maltese citizen you have to apply at least 72 hours in advance of departure, which is approximately the time it takes to process your application and send you a confirmation via e-mail. Your ESTA is valid for a total of 2 years and it can be used for multiple entries as long as the passport you used to apply remains valid.
To get your visa waiver apply using this ESTA application form. Besides providing your electronic passport you will have to fill in personal details and answer security questions. Review your ESTA application for Maltese citizens before you submit your form, any small error might negatively affect you and prevent you from receiving the ESTA.
You can find some common questions in our platform that might be useful before you start the process. Good luck and travel safe!