Visa Approval Strategies for Maltese Citizens Visiting the USA

Embarking on a journey to the United States can be a thrilling experience, packed with opportunities to explore sprawling metropolitan areas, witness natural wonders, and immerse oneself in the diverse cultural tapestry that makes the country unique. Maltese travelers, along with visitors from other VWP Countries, have the added benefit of simplified travel authorizations through the Visa Waiver Program – an opportunity to bypass the traditional visa application process for short visits. However, even with this convenience, ensuring your travel authorization is approved requires a bit of preparation and understanding of the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) process.

As Maltese citizens, the ESTA allows you to visit the US for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. To get started on your journey to the United States, it’s crucial to follow these visa approval tips and complete the necessary application form for your travels.

Understanding ESTA for Maltese Travelers

The ESTA is not a visa, but rather an authorization that’s required under the Visa Waiver Program. To ensure a smooth travel experience, every Maltese traveler must obtain this clearance prior to boarding a U.S. bound airplane or cruise ship. The process is relatively straightforward, and it can be completed online from the comfort of your home.

Essential Tips for Successful ESTA Approval

To increase your chances of a successful ESTA approval, here are some practical tips:

  • Apply Early: It’s recommended to apply for your ESTA approval at least 72 hours before your departure. However, to account for any unforeseen circumstances, it’s always better to submit your application as soon as your travel plans are confirmed.
  • Valid Passport: Make sure your Maltese passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the U.S. Your passport should also be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information.
  • Accurate Information: When filling out the online application form, ensure all information is accurate and matches the details in your passport. Mistakes can result in delays or denials.
  • Review Application for Errors: After completing the application but before submission, review all entered details. If you’re unsure about a question, seek clarification to avoid mistakes.

Once you’ve completed these steps, the process is as follows:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorization and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

What to Do if Your ESTA is Denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, this doesn’t mean you’re barred from visiting the United States. You may still apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A denial oftentimes requires a more formal visa application process where you can provide additional details regarding your travels and intentions.

Traveling to the U.S. with ESTA

Once your ESTA is approved, you’re almost ready to start your U.S. adventure. However, an ESTA does not guarantee admission into the United States; the final determination is made by Customs and Border Protection officers upon your arrival. It’s important to abide by the terms of the ESTA, which means not overstaying and ensuring your trip’s purpose aligns with what’s permitted under the Visa Waiver Program.

Other Considerations for Maltese Travelers

While preparing for your trip, keep in mind a few other considerations to ensure a pleasant journey:

  • Have your return or onward ticket ready. This demonstrates your intention to leave the U.S within the 90 days permitted under the ESTA.
  • Prepare for the U.S. customs and border security checks by having all necessary travel documents organized and easily accessible.
  • Stay informed about any changes in U.S. travel policies which may affect Maltese nationals.

FAQs for Maltese ESTA Applicants

Common questions among Maltese applicants include:

How long is the ESTA valid for?

The ESTA is valid for two years from the date of approval or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During this period, you can enter the U.S multiple times for short stays of up to 90 days per visit.

Can I extend my stay in the U.S. beyond 90 days with an ESTA?

No, you cannot extend your stay beyond 90 days under the ESTA. You must leave the U.S. and could apply for a new ESTA for future visits.

What if I’ve recently changed my name or passport?

If you’ve changed your name, gender, country of citizenship, or your passport has been renewed or altered, you need to apply for a new ESTA.


For Maltese travelers anticipating a visit to the United States, understanding and adhering to the ESTA guidelines is crucial. A well-prepared traveler is likely to experience a smooth application process and enjoy the multitude of opportunities awaiting in the U.S. Should you have any question regarding your application or the ESTA process, we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Embark on your American journey with confidence and peace of mind – apply for your ESTA today, and start planning the trip of a lifetime.

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