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News and Notices

  • 25 October 2019

    Dear Applicants/Representatives/Travel Agents, Kindly be informed that the visa application centers at Ahmedabad will remain close on 28 October 2019 on account of Gujarati New Year.

  • 14 October 2019

    Malta Visa Application Centre in Mumbai and Pune will remain closed on 21 October 2019 due to Maharashtra State Legislative Elections

  • 07 October 2019

    Kolkata VAC will be closed on 07 October 2019 (Monday) on the occasion of Maha Navami (Durga Puja)

  • 21 August 2019

    Please be informed that the Mumbai and Pune visa application centres will remain CLOSED on Monday, 02 September 2019 on account of Ganesh Festival.

    Furthermore, the Mumbai and Pune visa application centres will remain open till 12.00 only on Thursday, 12 September 2019 because of the last day of immersion of Ganesh idols.

  • 03 May 2019

    The Embassy of The Federal Republic of Malta has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Visa Application Centre. With effect from 02 May 2019, third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

    • Immediate Family Member ( i.e. Parents, Children, Siblings)
    • One member of a group collecting for the entire group
    • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
    • Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card

      If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents

    • Photocopy of Govt. ID card
    • Original ICR
    • Authorization Letter from applicant

    Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should select delivery mode as courier at the time of submission.

    The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.

    This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants.

  • 27 February 2019

    Travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted.

    Please note with effect from 01 February 2018, travel medical issued by the below listed companies will be acceptable List of approved Indian insurance companies.

  • 10 October 2018

    Durga Puja Notice

    Our courier partner may not be operational from 16 October 2018 to 19 October 2018 on account of Durga Puja and applications submitted on the said dates will undergo a delay in submission at the Embassy because of the closure. The applications will be submitted tentatively on 24 October 2018 at the Embassy.

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    30 May 2018

    Important Update related to Processing Time.


    Visa applications 3 months before the planned travel day.

    Since we are experiencing a huge increase in applications we strongly recommend that you apply at least 4 weeks prior to departure to enable us to process your application in time for your departure date.


    Visa related queries must be addressed to VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Queries submitted to the High Commission will not be answered. (Contact details for VFS available below.)

    If VFS do not have the answer VFS will forward your query to the Embassy on a priority basis.


    You can follow the status of your application via the VFS ‘tracking option’.

    The High Commission is experiencing a huge increase in applications, and while we assure you of our best to process your visa application on time for your travel, the processing time may take 3 weeks. Furthermore, please note that the days are counted from the day the application reaches the High Commission, and not from the date it is submitted to VFS. Kindly allow an additional 3-6 days of transmission between VFS/High Commission and return to VFS. Kindly ensure that: (i) your application is complete, (ii) any amendments/correction must be counter-signed by applicant; (iii) missing supporting documents will obviously result in delays and extending the processing time.

    If you have questions and cannot find the information on our website, you can contact VFS Global

    VFS Helpline Details

    Contact Number: 022 67866005 (08:00 – 17:00) Monday to Friday

    E-mail ID:

    Your correspondence should include:

    • Your full name
    • Date of Birth
    • Passport number
    • Telephone number

     Apply well in advance and ensure your application is complete.

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    01 February 2018

    Travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted.

    Please note with effect from 1 February 2018, travel medical issued by the below listed companies will be acceptable List of approved Indian insurance companies.

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    16 September 2017

    Schengen Visa Form Filling assistance is just a call away!

    VFS Global introduces Form Filling Assistance service over the Phone to give Visa Applicants just the helping hand they need when completing their Visa Application forms.

    Please call 022 67866028 to avail the service.

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    05 September 2017

    Opening of Malta Visa Application Centre in Nepal

    With effective from 8 September 2017, we are pleased to inform all that VFS Global will accept Malta Visa applications in Nepal, located at Academy of Culinary Arts Building, Ground Floor, Mahalaxmisthan Marga, Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

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    31 August 2017

    All the applicants applying for Malta in India must present their Adhaar card at the time of submission of documents. Please note that it is a mandatory document.

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    27 July 2017

    Long Term Student Update

    Applicants are required to submit their bank statement along with the sponsor’s bank statement. In addition to this, also required the transaction receipt (If any) and the bank statement from which the funds have been transferred to Malta (specifically for students going to study in Malta).

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    13 December 2016

    The Government of India has withdrawn with immediate effect (midnight of 08 November 2016) the legal tender character of the existing and any older series banknotes in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

    VFS will accept Visa fees and VFS logistic charges in all denominations of all notes other than the existing & old high denomination notes of Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 . VFS shall also accept demand drafts favoring VFS Global Services Private limited.

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    31 May 2016

    General Public are hereby Notified that Applicant who wish to Apply for Malta Visa needs to resubmit their Biometrics data Each and every time when they apply for Malta Visa.

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    28 December 2015

    Applicants from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are requested to submit their applications...

    Dear All,

    Applicants from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are requested to submit their applications with the Embassy of Italy in their respective country.

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    04 November 2015

    04 November 2015: Change in the visa application submission process - Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 2 November 2015

    Changes in Schengen visa application process – India

    Visa Information System