ESTA for Maltese Citizens
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Malta became a member of the Visa Waiver Program in 2008 and as such, citizens of the country are entitled to apply for an ESTA for travel authorization to visit the US for tourism or business.
ESTA Requirements and Important Information
- Whilst valid, the ESTA can be used for multiple visits to the US
- Can only be used for visits up to 90 days in length
- Available for visits that are for tourism, business, medical or transit reasons
- Stays valid for up to 2 years or until the passport expires
- Children must have their own ESTA
Benefits of Applying for ESTA for Maltese Citizens
Citizens of Malta are able to enjoy many benefits due to being part of the Visa Waiver Program. Applying for an ESTA as a form of travel authorisation instead of applying for a US Visa is a much easier and simpler process. It is also much quicker to get an ESTA, with no requirement to visit the US Embassy for an interview.
Another of the key benefits of applying for an ESTA is that the ESTA holder is able to visit the US multiple times using the same ESTA, provided that the passport is still valid. Trips to the US are limited to 90 days maximum but any US visits for citizens of Malta that are for tourism, business, medical and transit purposes are covered under the ESTA.
Applying for an ESTA is significantly quicker than applying for a US Visa and typically it can be processed within just 24 hours. However, it is recommended that applicants leave at least 72 hours before they plan to travel to the US when they apply for an ESTA. This should ensure that any issues can be resolved in time for travel.
How Maltese Citizens Can Apply for ESTA
The application process for an ESTA is very easy for Maltese citizens, provided that they have a biometric passport, a valid email address and a card to make the payment with. The online form for the ESTA is very short and usually takes no more than 20 minutes to complete. The applicant will need to provide information including details such as name, address, date of birth and the parent’s details. There is also a section that covers any criminal convictions as well as medical information.
Once the form has been completed it is very important that the applicant checks it over to ensure no mistakes have made. Any mistakes on the application could lead to the application getting declined, therefore it is very important that the information provided is correct.
When the applicant is happy that all the details are correct, they then make the electronic card payment for the application fee and submit their application. The next step will be when they receive an update regarding the status of the application by email.
What to do if ESTA is Declined
If the applicant receives an update to say the application has been declined, they still have the option to resubmit another application if there was an error on the original one. The other alternative is to apply for a US Visa and attend an interview at the US embassy.
US Embassy in Malta
U.S. Embassy Valletta
Ta' Qali National Park
Attard, ATD 4000
Benefits of ESTA for Maltese Citizens:
- Quicker processing times
- Cheaper than applying for US visa
- Can be used multiple times whilst valid
- Used for trips of up to 90 days
- Shorter application form than visa