If you are a Maltese citizen and you wish to travel to the USA for short periods, it is not necessary to obtain a visa. However, it is necessary to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which determines the eligibility of the applicant to travel to the United States.
The ESTA for Maltese citizens is available through a simple online application which only takes a few minutes to complete.
Below you will find a complete guide to applying for the ESTA from Malta, including ESTA visa waiver requirements for Maltese citizens and how to complete an ESTA application from Malta before traveling to the United States.
Malta is one of the 38 eligible countries whose citizens can enter the USA with an ESTA. Launched in 2009, the United States government implemented the ESTA to pre-screen visa waiver citizens and to improve security at the US border.
The online ESTA application for the United States offers a way for visa waiver nationalities to electronically obtain travel authorization to travel to the US. Alongside other English speaking countries like Ireland, the UK, and Australia, Malta is part of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program, meaning that Maltese citizens can use this simplified online process to travel to the USA.
Maltese citizens are required to fill in an ESTA application form online from Malta or their country of residence before traveling to the USA. The ESTA allows Maltese citizens to enter the US for periods of up to 90 days, is valid for a total of 2 years and allows multiple entries for short stays during its validity. Maltese citizens are able to travel to the US with an ESTA for tourism and leisure, business or medical purposes. Travelers from Malta are also required to obtain an ESTA for transit purposes if they have a connecting flight in the United States on the way to an onward destination.
It is important to note that the ESTA visa waiver for Malta is not a visa, it is an authorization to travel to the US and cannot be guaranteed for all Maltese citizens. The final decision to grant an ESTA authorization is made by the US Department of Homeland Security. In the event that an case that the traveler’s ESTA application is denied, it will be necessary to apply for an USA Tourist visa from an embassy or consulate.
In order to submit an ESTA form, it is first necessary to meet the ESTA entry requirements to the US from Malta. Maltese citizens are required to have the following in order to apply for the ESTA:
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 a biometric passport). This is an important requirement as the visa waiver will be electronically linked to the passport used to complete the application.
Maltese citizens can apply online for the ESTA from the comfort of their own home or office: there is no need to drive long distances to reach an embassy or consulate.
The simple ESTA application form for Maltese citizens only takes a few minutes to complete. Besides providing the details of the electronic passport, it is also necessary to fill in some personal information and answer a few security and health-related questions. Applicants are advised to carefully check that all the information provided is correct before submitting the ESTA form, as even small mistakes may result in the rejection of the application or prevent the traveler from entering the United States.
Maltese travelers are required to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours in advance of departure, which is approximately the time it takes to process the application and receive a confirmation via e-mail. The ESTA from Malta can be used for multiple entries during its validity as long as the passport used to apply also remains valid.