Citizens of Malta and 38 other Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries may apply to travel to the United States without a visa for business or leisure trips of up to 90 days. The VWP applies to all territories of the United State of America, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US-Virgin Islands.
- ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP.
- ESTA is administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protect (CBP) in Washington D.C., independent of the U.S. Embassy in Valletta.
- Apply for an ESTA authorization.
- Frequently Asked Questions concerning ESTA.
- Please see the new VWP/ESTA eligibility requirements.
- If you are a citizen of a VWP partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program and/or that your ESTA authorization is no longer valid, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at as soon as possible in advance of your desired travel.
- Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.