Visa and e-residence permit

We recommend that you familiarise yourself well with the Visa and e-Residence permit requirements and procedures that you will need to follow in order to arrive and stay in Malta.

A Visa is the official permission, which temporarily authorises individuals to travel to a foreign country so you need to check whether you are required to apply for a visa in order to travel to Malta. Further information is available below.

An e-Residence Permit on the other hand is the document that you will require to be able to remain in Malta for the duration of your studies. Following arrival and registration at the University, all international students who are planning to stay for more than 3 months (ie: 90 days) should apply for an e-Residence Permit. This permit will also be used as an ID card and will allow you to travel within the Schengen Area, together with a valid passport.

Further information is available below.

Although you might not need a visa to enter Malta most students still need to apply for a Residence permit so it is best to familiarise yourself with the information below.

If you do need to apply for a visa we strongly recommend that you do so at the earliest possible since applications during the summer months may take longer to be processed. In some cases students might also need to physically travel to another country to submit a visa application. It is also important to familiarise yourself with the residence permit requirements before your departure since you will need to prepare and bring with you certain original documents which might be difficult to obtain after your departure (eg Bank statements).

The information below applies to prospective and current students of the UM.


Information for non-EU/EEA students (also referred to as Third Country Nationals - TCN):

You may find out whether you need a visa to travel to Malta by visiting the website of the Identity Malta Agency

To apply for an entry visa you may contact the Maltese Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or other Representative Office in your country. A full list is available through the website of the Central Visa Unit.

In the absence of a Maltese Embassy or Representation in your country, please do get in touch with us by email so that we may contact the central immigration authorities on your behalf and provide you with the necessary information about your visa application procedure. It is very useful to include your student reference number in your correspondence.

Applicants requiring a Visa Support Letter are to complete this form.

National Visa: 

Maltese Embassies, High Commissions or other representative offices issue D-type student visas which would be valid for limited or longer duration. A D-type Visa is a National visa which is issued for a period exceeding 90 days, but no longer than 365 days, and in accordance with national rules.

Schengen Visa:

The Austrian, Italian, Spanish representatives issue short-term visas valid up to 90 days. A Schengen C-type Visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen State with a view to:

  • transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen states of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period (“short stay visa”)
  • transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States (“airport transit visa”) 

We would like to remind you that when planning your journey to Malta, you need to plan your itinerary ahead. Since there may not be direct flights from your country of residence to Malta, you will have to stop over in another country on your way to Malta. In this case, you are advised to check, with the relevant embassy in your country of residence, whether you require an entry/transit visa. This is also advisable should you need to quarantine in a corridor country

Following your arrival in Malta you shall be guided and assisted by the International Office to apply for a residence permit (please refer to section 'e-Residence Permit for non-EU/EEA nationals') which would be valid for a period of one year of study and is renewed every year subject to your academic progression. 

You are advised to visit the section on pre-arrival information. Ensure that important documents are packed in your hand luggage. You might be requested to present these important documents before you board your flight to Malta. You may also be asked to present them to the immigration authorities in the transit country, or upon arrival in Malta. Most airlines will ask you to present a return ticket to your home country and an insurance policy of a certain duration (you should ask about these when applying for the visa and when booking the flight ticket).

For further information or assistance, please contact the International Office.


If you are an EU/EEA student who will be studying at the UM for at least two semesters we highly recommend that you apply for a residence permit within the first 3 months (90 days) of your arrival in Malta. To renew your permit you are to follow the same procedure as outlined below. All documents should be in English.

There are two steps you must follow in order to apply.

In accordance with Covid-19 Health Authorities Guidelines, you must first submit your application (including all the documents listed below) online. Identity Malta will only accept submissions via email on eu.ima@gov.mt

Once Identity Malta has accepted your submission, you will then be asked to call in person for an appointment by the Expatriates Unit at Identity Malta to submit your original documents.

You need to prepare the following documents: 

A bank statement or money transfer receipts, showing transactions of the past three months. The statement should show a balance of a minimum of 750 Euro for each month of stay in Malta, or its equivalent in foreign currency. 

When you apply for a permit renewal you are required to resubmit a new bank statement showing the same amount as above. 

Foreign and original bank statements must be signed, stamped and dated by the bank manager. 

When foreign bank statements are presented, the applicant must provide an ATM withdrawal / Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) receipt to show that the bank account is accessible in Malta. 

Additionally, submit a photocopy of the front side of the credit/debit card with the same bank account number that corresponds to the account number on the bank statement you are presenting. 

In the case of local bank statements only original copies are accepted. Bank balances are only accepted in Euro. If the bank account is held in another currency, the applicant must show the equivalent amount in Euro. (An Internet currency conversion in English will do). 
       
  • Proof of Sponsorship (if applicable)
If a student is sponsored, an official sponsorship letter is required. Financial dependence may be from any of the following: a parent, next of kin, spouse, employer, or educational institution.  The sponsorship letter should include the details of the sponsor, the duration of the sponsorship and what it covers. 

The sponsored student is still required to fulfil the above requirement - i.e. to prove their receipt of funds either by a bank statement or by locally issued cheques (if applicable).

The sponsored student is required to attach copies of the sponsor’s identification (ID or Passport), together with the above-mentioned declaration letter.

  • The endorsement letter issued by the International Office
The endorsement letter is a document which confirms your UM enrolment and progression on your course.

To apply for an endorsement letter please fill out one of the below forms.

The endorsement letter will reflect your personal details inputted in your eSIMS portal.  

Please ensure that your personal details are updated on eSIMS and correspond with the information you provide in this form. 

Erasmus, Exchange or Transfer visiting students
You can visit the Student section on the Identity Malta website.  

For further information, please contact the International Office.

If you are a non-EU/EEA student who will be studying at the UM for at least one semester you are required to apply for a residence permit within the first 3 months (90 days) of your arrival in Malta. To renew your permit, follow the same procedure as outlined below. All documents should be in English.

There are two steps you must follow in order to apply.

In accordance with Covid-19 Health Authorities Guidelines, you must first submit your application (including all the documents listed below) online. Identity Malta will accept submissions only via email on noneu.ima@gov.mt


Once Identity Malta has accepted your submission, you will then be asked to call in person for an appointment by the Expatriates Unit at Identity Malta to submit your original documents.

You need to prepare the following documents: 

A bank statement or money transfer receipts, showing transactions of the past three months. The statement should show a balance of a minimum of 750 Euro for each month of stay in Malta, or its equivalent in foreign currency. 

When you apply for a permit renewal you are required to resubmit a new bank statement showing the same amount as above. 

Foreign and original bank statements must be signed, stamped and dated by the bank manager. 

When foreign bank statements are presented, the applicant must provide an ATM withdrawal / Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) receipt to show that the bank account is accessible in Malta. 

Additionally, submit a photocopy of the front side of the credit/debit card with the same bank account number that corresponds to the account number on the bank statement you are presenting. 

In the case of local bank statements only original copies are accepted. Bank balances are only accepted in Euro. If the bank account is held in another currency, the applicant must show the equivalent amount in Euro. (An Internet currency conversion in English will do).    

  • Proof of Sponsorship (if applicable)

If a student is sponsored, an official sponsorship letter is required. Financial dependence may be from any of the following: a parent, next of kin, spouse, employer, or educational institution.  The sponsorship letter should include the details of the sponsor, the duration of the sponsorship and what it covers. 

The sponsored student is still required to fulfil the above requirement - i.e. to prove their receipt of funds either by a bank statement or by locally issued cheques (if applicable).

The sponsored student is required to attach copies of the sponsor’s identification (ID or Passport), together with the above-mentioned declaration letter.

  • Original and copy of the rental agreement, showing the name of the applicant, date of expiry and a copy of the Rental Declaration Form   completed by the applicant and the owner of the property. In cases where students are renting property from non-Maltese nationals, a document proving ownership (of the leased property) is required. This document has to be provided by the tenant.   
  • Original and copy of comprehensive health insurance (the policy should cover in-patient and day care hospital expenses, and also medical evacuation and repatriation) showing name and surname of policy holder and coverage period.
  • Application Fee € 27.50 (to be paid on your date of appointment)
  • Chest X-Ray Report – Students who are nationals of the following World Health Organization (WHO) list of countries have to present a health test conducted in Malta within 15 days of their arrival. The list will be revised again by WHO in 2025. This is non-applicable to returning students.

  • The endorsement letter issued by the International Office.
The endorsement letter is a document which confirms your UM enrolment and progression on your course.
To apply for an endorsement letter please fill out one of the below forms.

The endorsement letter will reflect your personal details inputted in your eSIMS portal.  

Please ensure that your personal details are updated on eSIMS and correspond with the information you provide in this form. 

Erasmus, Exchange or Transfer visiting students
Full-time students (including Erasmus Mundus students)
Interns and visiting staff

You can visit the Student section on the Identity Malta website.

E-residence permit applications for part-time courses will not be considered if the tuition hours are less than 15 hours per week. 

For further information, please contact the International Office.


https://www.um.edu.mt/international/students/visas