In case my last post wasn’t convincing enough to make you want to visit Malta (good thing I didn’t pursue a career in law, amiright), I’m hoping this one will do the trick. For those who WERE convinced and asked me about the visa etc. here’s some quick info before I get to the photo diary.
Malta Visa Info for Pakistanis (Karachiites, more specifically)
The reason I’ve singled out Karachiites is not to play favourites but merely because I applied from Karachi myself.
Also, quick disclaimer to avoid being chased with pitchforks: This information was accurate when I applied in January 2016. I’m not sure if there have been any changes since then. I’m not an expert or a travel agent so just sharing my personal experience, thanks.
Malta only has an Honorary Consulate in Karachi (and Lahore, as far as I know), which means they don’t issue any Schengen visas themselves. However, they have an agreement with the Italian Consulate/Embassy which allows the Italian Consulate/Embassy to issue visas on their behalf. [Took quite a bit of digging and calling random numbers I found on Google to get this information so pliss appreciate.] Here’s what that means:
- You have to follow the procedure for a Schengen visa application for Italy (you can find all the forms here). Gerry’s is now handling Italian visa applications. When I applied, I had to book an appointment at the Consulate in Karachi. That’s one change I’m aware of
- When applying, you need to specify that you are applying for a visa to visit Malta (tickets, hotel bookings etc.)
- Unlike usual Schengen requirements, where you first need to travel to the country which issued the visa i.e.Italy, you can travel directly to Malta
- Since it is a Schengen visa, you can, of course, visit other Schengen states once you’re done with your trip to Malta
That is all. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask, though I can’t promise that I will have the answers.
Malta Photo Diary (January)
You know what they say about small packages, right? So, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Malta, a tiny
package Mediterranean island offers ALL the good things. It packs a punch of history, culture, food, natural beauty and…need I say more? Even though we were there for almost 10 days, I know we still didn’t get a chance to see everything. So, do me a favour – share your favourite spots or photos when you visit so we can all live vicariously through each other. Yes? Deal. Here are mine.
Cruisin’ on the Mediterranean
The cruise had multiple stops including Gozo and Comino (Malta’s sister islands). Luckily, our captain had a great sense of humour, constantly regaling us with interesting trivia of the sights and sounds.
P.S: I apologise for the grainy photo quality. I lost all my originals and these are from my Whatsapp backup 🙁