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titleSource: European Union/Re-open EU

21.07.2021

What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


All passengers are required to present a completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form link​ (PLF) or the Digital Passenger Locator Form accessed from https://app.euplf.eu​. Systems are in place to verify the origins of passengers arriving in Malta a false declaration will be considered a criminal offence. 


Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate


As of from 14 July 2021 at 00:01 hrs, Malta will restrict entry, accepting only holders of vaccination certificates (including EU Digital COVID Certificates) indicating full vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine. Children under 12 may enter with a negative PCR test when accompanying parents, and as a result, unvaccinated persons will not be allowed to enter Malta.

From the 14th July also, tourists, aged 12 and older, can only travel to Malta if they have a vaccination certificate for two doses of EMA-approved vaccines, and issued after 14 days from the date of the second dose (or single dose in case of Johnson & Johnson) which is recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, namely:

  • A valid official Maltese Vaccination Certificate (age 12 and over)
  • NHS COVID Pass Letter/NHS App (UK)– full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose
  • “EU Digital COVID Certificate (Vaccination Certificate)“ full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose. Accepted vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson. The EU Digital COVID Certificate now includes the Swiss Certificate.
  • “Dubai Health Authority Vaccine Certificate“- TWO doses received with 14 days from last dose
  • “Turkish vaccine certificate” - TWO doses received with 14 days from last dose
  • United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine (full course and 14 days post last dose).
  • Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code - full course and 14 days after last dose
  • Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey vaccination certificate with full course and 14 days after last dose

Children from 5 years of age to 11 years of age, can travel, by presenting a negative PCR test, which has to be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta, and given that they are accompanied by their parents or legal guardians, who in turn have to present the recognised vaccine certificate.

Children under 5 years of age do not need a PCR test to travel with their fully vaccinated parents or legal guardians.

Anyone aged 12+ will be allowed to enter Malta without a negative PCR swab test if they have proof of full vaccination, as defined above.

The following documents are NOT VALID for entry into Malta:

  • EU Digital COVID Recovery Certificate
  • EU Digital COVID Vaccination Certificate showing one dose, irrelevant of whether after recovery or not.
  • Negative Rapid Antigen Test or any other test, apart from PCR – either on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise.
  • Handwritten vaccination certificates or vaccination cards
  • Vaccine certificates for non-EMA approved vaccines;
  • Vaccine certificates for mixed vaccines;
  • Vaccine certificates for only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, also for people who recovered from COVID-19;
  • Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose.


Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements


Malta adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Malta are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

1) All passengers are required to present a completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form link (PLF) or the Digital Passenger Locator Form accessed from https://app.euplf.eu. Systems are in place to verify the origins of passengers arriving in Malta a false declaration will be considered a criminal offence.

2) In case of passengers arriving from countries/regions in Malta's Amber list, who have resided in an Amber country/region for a minimum of 14 days, one of the following is required:

  • A valid official Maltese Vaccination Certificate (age 12 and over)
  • “NHS COVID Pass Letter/NHS App (UK) – full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose
  • “EU Digital COVID Certifcate (Vaccination Certifcate)” full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose. The EU Digital COVID Certificate now includes the Swiss Certificate.

As from 14 July 2021 at 00:01 hrs, all countries/zones previously listed as amber will be classified as red, thus only persons in possession of a valid recognised vaccine certificate will be permitted to travel to Malta.

3) In case of passengers arriving from any of the Red countries/regions listed in Malta Government Gazette No 20,653 of 28 June 2021 (listed below), one of the following is required:

  • A valid official Maltese vaccination certificate (age 12 and over)
  • NHS COVID Pass Letter/NHS App (UK) – full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose.
  • “EU Digital COVID Certifcate (Vaccination Certifcate)“ full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose. The EU Digital COVID Certificate now includes the Swiss Certificate.
  • “Dubai Health Authority Vaccine Certificate“- TWO doses received with 14 days from last dose
  • “Turkish vaccine certificate” - TWO doses received with 14 days from last dose
  • United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine (full course and 14 days post last dose).
  • Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code - full course and 14 days after last dose
  • Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey vaccination certificate with full course and 14 days after last dose

The relevant documents must be presented to the carrier (by air or by sea) offering travel to Malta. Failure to this shall result in denied boarding. The documents are to be handed by the passenger to the health staff on arrival at Malta International Airport or at the Sea Port terminals.

4) If upon arrival in Malta from an Amber country, any passenger (aged 5 and older) is not in possession of a negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR result or a recognised vaccination certificate, the passenger will be subject to a mandatory nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine against a fee until a negative test result is issued, as per Legal Notice 229 of 2021.

The following documents are NOT VALID for entry into Malta:

  • EU Digital COVID Recovery Certificate
  • EU Digital COVID Vaccination Certificate showing one dose, irrelevant of whether after recovery or not.
  • Negative Rapid Antigen Test or any other test, apart from PCR – either on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise.
  • Handwritten vaccination certificates or vaccination cards


Find out more:

Health.gov.mt

Contact Points for Malta:

Covid-19 Helpline: 111

MTA TOURISM COVID-19 Helpline Tel: +356 2169 2447

Email: covid19.health@gov.mt and tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

Travellers coming from one of Malta’s corridor countries are allowed to enter the country, while travellers coming from countries on the "Dark Red" or "Red" list are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta cannot transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Requirements for travellers arriving in Malta from countries on the red list:

1) a completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form ​(PLF); or the Digital Passenger Locator Form accessed from https://app.euplf.eu that must be completed prior to boarding for every passenger.

2) A COVID-19 vaccination certificate recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, such as the following:

  • A valid official Maltese vaccination certificate (age 12 and over)
  • NHS COVID Pass Letter/NHS App (UK) – full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose
  • “EU Digital COVID Certifcate (Vaccination Certifcate)“ full course of vaccination with 14 day after last dose. The EU Digital COVID Certificate now includes the Swiss Certificate.
  • “Dubai Health Authority Vaccine Certificate“- TWO doses received with 14 days from last dose
  • “Turkish vaccine certificate” - TWO doses received with 14 days from last dose
  • United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine (full course and 14 days post last dose).
  • Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code - full course and 14 days after last dose
  • Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey vaccination certificate with full course and 14 days after last dose

​Children below the age of 12 will be permitted to accompany their parents who are vaccinated as outlined below:

Children aged 5-11 require a negative nasopharyngeal COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no longer than 72 hr prior to arrival in Malta.

Children below the age of 5 do not need to be tested.

If not in possession of an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, authorisation from the Maltese Public Health Authorities for every person travelling to Malta is required.


Requirements for travellers arriving in Malta from countries on the dark red list:

Travel from the following countries is only permitted in certain limited circumstances, only with prior authorisation.

Specific authorisation is required for travellers from the following countries subject to an effective travel ban in accordance with the legal notice Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) Order (S.L. 465. 26); send a separate email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt with ‘’CONSIDER [Name of Country/State]’’ in the subject line.

Exceptional approval for essential travel may be granted after due consideration and on presentation of all the relevant documents by the Superintendent of Public Health to:

(i) Returning Maltese citizens or residents (not for vacation)

(ii) Other travel considered to be essential by the Superintendent of Public Health in exceptional circumstances only (such considerations may include essential work; death/near-death, adoption, reunification of spouse/partner/ minor child with parents)

To enter Malta from a DARK RED listed country, the following are required:

  • Authorisation obtained from the Maltese Public Health Authorities for every person travelling to Malta. See below for procedure to obtain authorisation.
  • A negative result for a nasopharyngeal RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hr prior to arrival in Malta.

Children below the age of 5 years will be permitted to accompany their parent/s without the need for a negative nasopharyngeal COVID-19 RT-PCR test.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:

Health.gov.mt

May I transit this country?


Partially


As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

Additionally, for Malta, the following rules apply:

Transit is only permitted for people who can declare that they have been staying in a Public Health Corridor (PHC) country for the two weeks prior to travelling to Malta.

Find out more:

health.gov.mt

General measures


From 1 June 

  • Tourism will be possible again;
  • The use of masks on beaches and at pools, though still recommended, will not be enforced by law;
  • Seated weddings can be held (adhering to local protocols).


 From 7 June 

  • Restaurants can allow 6 people per table;
  • Groups of up to 6 people will be allowed in public;
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen;
  • Bars can open again, following restaurant protocols;
  • Competitions of Contact sports and Team Sports will resume for those aged over 17, without spectators;
  • Gaming and betting establishments will reopen.


 From June 28 

  • Contact sports for persons aged under 17 years will resume
  • Summer schools will reopen.
  • Fitness classes can operate as per standards
  • Opening hours of bars, restaurants and każini will be extended to 2am if license permits
  • Water parks will open according to standards
  • All types of boats can operate with 65% occupancy


With effect from the 1st July 2021 

  • Removal of mask in public spaces for vaccinated people, either if they are alone or with another vaccinated person.
  • Children under 12 can remove their mask if they are with a vaccinated adult.


Use of facemasks


Any person shall, outside his residence, both when going to an indoor place and outdoors, wear a medical or cloth mask or visor in a proper manner covering the nose, mouth and chin of the person. 

The mandatory use of medical or cloth masks or visors shall not apply to private homes or private vehicles. 


The following individuals shall be exempt from the requirement to wear a face mask: 

(a) children up to three (3) years of age. 

(b) persons with severe cognitive, physical, mental or respiratory impairments who have difficulties tolerating a mask as certified by a licensed medical practitioner, in which case such individuals shall at all times carry the relevant medical certificate exempting them from wearing a mask. 

(c) a person or a group of up to two (2) persons who are in possession of a vaccination certificate which is issued in that official form, and with regards a vaccine, recognised and approved by the Superintendent of Public Health. 

(d) children aged less than twelve (12) years when in the company of a person who is in possession of a vaccination certificate which is issued in that official form, and with regards a vaccine, recognised and approved by the Superintendent of Public Health. 


The temporary removal of facemasks shall be permissible in the following situations: 

(a) in the case of children attending kindergarten, while in the classroom. 

(b) during high intensity physical activity. 

(c) when speaking or providing assistance to any individual who relies on lip reading to communicate. 

(d) during official public speaking provided that a physical distance of at least two (2) meters between individuals is maintained: 

provided that the delivery of lessons or lectures in schools, universities or other education establishments shall not be construed as official public speaking. 

(e) if requested to for identification purposes, including at banks, at the airport or seaport or by law enforcement officials. 

(f) to receive any medical or cosmetic treatment or service involving the face or mouth. 

(g) to take medication. 

(h) when seated at establishments where food and drink is served. 

(i) when necessary during the consumption of food or drink. 

(j) when smoking lit tobacco products: provided that in the cases mentioned in paragraphs (i) and (j), the temporary removal of face masks shall not be permissible while a person is walking. 

(k) on beaches and any other bathing area including indoor and outdoor pools, and when swimming. 


Any person who fails to abide by the provisions of these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to the payment of a penalty of hundred euros (€100) for each and every instance in which these regulations are breached: 

Provided that if the offence is admitted and the penalty is paid before proceedings are commenced before the Commissioner for Justice, the penalty applicable shall be reduced to fifty euro (€50). 


Find out more:

Welcome to Malta - How to stay safe 

Standards for the use of masks and visors 


Physical Distancing


Physical distancing (2 metres) and other public health measures such as hand hygiene and use of facemasks are required according to specific sector guidelines.


Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events


Events for the masses remain prohibited.

The maximum number of people who can gather in public is 4, with the exception of people belonging to the same household. In the case of non-compliance with this requirement, a fine of €300 applies.

Planned events in private houses will be limited to a maximum of 4 households.

Contact sports training is allowed for those aged over 17.

Weddings and religious activities have been suspended, but funerals can still take place according to established safety protocols.

Information on Tourism at National level


National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM


Visit Malta


Useful Info for tourists


Before starting your journey, please check visa requirements for your destination at: The Schengen visa

EU Digital COVID Certificates


This country is already connected to the Gateway and is issuing and/or verifying at least one EU Digital COVID Certificate (Vaccination, Recovery, Test)


Maltese citizens and residents, who were vaccinated in Malta, can generate their Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate 14 days after getting fully vaccinated, at: https://certifikatvaccin.gov.mt/

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into force on 01 July 2021. EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. 

The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder's status related to vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or test result. Despite the European Digital COVID Certificate, each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what is required to enter upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your destination. 


Find out more: 

Information on the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" 

Press Release 

Questions & Answers 

Factsheet 

Further information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/MLT/7011

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21.06.2021


What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate


Information not yet available.

Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements



Malta adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Malta are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

Travellers coming from one of Malta’s corridor countries are allowed to enter the country, while travellers coming from countries on the "Red" list are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta cannot transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers aged 5 years and over, coming from a corridor country (or allowed to enter Malta) by air or by sea, are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative nasopharyngeal PCR test. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

From 1st June 2021 a valid Maltese vaccination certificate (as defined by Maltese legislation) with clearly visible QR codes is also accepted, instead of a negative PCR test as indicated above.

Public Health authorities reserve the right to run random testing on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport, in instances where added security is required.


Is a quarantine required?

Travellers arriving from corridor countries who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

From 1st June 2021, passengers aged 5 and above without any of the above documents will be subject to a mandatory nasopharyngeal PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine against a fee, as per legal notice LN 229 of 2021


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:
Health.gov.mt


Contact Points for Malta:
Covid-19 Helpline: 111
Email: covid19.health@gov.mt​​

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?




Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

Travellers coming from one of Malta’s corridor countries are allowed to enter the country, while travellers coming from countries on the "Red" list are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta cannot transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers coming from a corridor country or allowed to enter Malta are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative nasopharyngeal PCR test. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Travellers who fail to produce such a test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine. For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America, but only limited to the following states: Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, Arizona, West Virginia, Colorado, North Dakota, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Maine, South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Delaware, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, New Jersey, Minnesota, Connecticut, Alaska, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Vermont, California.


Is a quarantine required?

Travellers arriving from corridor countries who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:

Health.gov.mt



May I transit this country?


Partially


As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

Additionally, for Malta, the following rules apply:

Transit is only permitted for people who can declare that they have been staying in a Public Health Corridor (PHC) country for the two weeks prior to travelling to Malta.

Find out more:

health.gov.mt


General measures



From 1 June

  • Tourism will be possible again;
  • The use of masks on beaches and at pools, though still recommended, will not be enforced by law;
  • Seated weddings can be held (adhering to local protocols).


From 7 June

  • Restaurants can allow 6 people per table;
  • Groups of up to 6 people will be allowed in public;
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen;
  • Bars can open again, following restaurant protocols;
  • Competitions of Contact sports and Team Sports will resume for those aged over 17, without spectators;
  • Gaming and betting establishments will reopen.


From June 28

  • Contact sports for persons aged under 17 years will resume
  • Summer schools will reopen.


Use of facemasks



The use of facemasks is mandatory for people from the age of 3 in all public places both indoors and outdoors (especially on public transport, airport terminal, retail outlets and ferries) and it is strongly recommended to wear a facemask when visiting elderly or vulnerable people. In case of non-compliance with the measure, a fine of 100 Euros; (reduced to 50 Euros on admission of fault and payment) will be imposed.

Find out more: 

Welcome to Malta - How to stay safe

Standards for the use of masks and visors


Physical Distancing



Physical distancing (2 metres) and other public health measures such as hand hygiene and use of facemasks are required according to specific sector guidelines.


Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events



Events for the masses remain prohibited.

The maximum number of people who can gather in public is 4, with the exception of people belonging to the same household. In the case of non-compliance with this requirement, a fine of €300 applies.

Planned events in private houses will be limited to a maximum of 4 households.

Contact sports training is allowed for those aged over 17.

Weddings and religious activities have been suspended, but funerals can still take place according to established safety protocols.


Safety measures for public transportation



The following measures apply on public transportation:

  • reduced passengers capacity (no standing passengers);
  • mandatory wearing of facemasks, both onboard buses and at termini/bus stops;
  • separation of drivers and passengers by means of transparent screens;
  • daily sanitisation of buses;
  • more frequent cleaning of buses during the day;
  • no change is given to passengers if they pay by cash onboard buses.

Find out more: 

Standards for Transport Service Providers and for Passengers



Information on Tourism at National level



National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM



Visit Malta


EU Digital COVID Certificates


This country is ready to connect to the EU Digital COVID certificate Gateway



Maltese citizens and residents, who were vaccinated in Malta, can generate their Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate 14 days after getting fully vaccinated, at: https://certifikatvaccin.gov.mt/

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The "EU Digital COVID Certificate" (available from 1 July 2021) provides proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccine type and manufacturer, number of doses, date of vaccination);
  • received a negative test result, PCR or rapid antigen, with the name of the test, date and time of test, test centre and result (self-tests are not valid);
  • recovered from COVID-19.

When travelling, holders of the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" will have the same rights as citizens of the visited Member State who have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.

The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder's status related to vaccination, recovery from COVID or test result. Each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what you will be eligible for, upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your country of destination.


How does it work:

  1. Member States issue a certificate automatically or upon request, which is issued either digitally or on paper, and has a QR code with an electronic signature;
  2. Citizens store the certificate in their digital app or wallet and can use it when they travel;
  3. When the verifier asks the citizen for the certificate, the QR code is shown and the digital signature is verified.


Find out more:
Information on the "EU Digital COVID Certificate"

Press Release
Questions & Answers
Factsheet


                                                                                                              

06.05.2021


From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


Partially


Malta adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Malta are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

Travellers coming from one of Malta’s corridor countries are allowed to enter the country, while travellers coming from countries on the "Red" list are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta cannot transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers coming from a corridor country or allowed to enter Malta are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport.


Is a quarantine required?

Travellers arriving from corridor countries who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:
Health.gov.mt


Contact Points for Malta:
Covid-19 Helpline: 111
Email: covid19.health@gov.mt​​


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?




Malta adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Malta are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

Travellers coming from one of Malta’s corridor countries are allowed to enter the country, while travellers coming from countries on the "Red" list are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta cannot transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers coming from a corridor country or allowed to enter Malta are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Travellers who fail to produce such a test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine. For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay 
  • United Kingdom


Is a quarantine required? 

Travellers arriving from corridor countries who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:

Health.gov.mt


May I transit this country?

Partially


As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

Additionally, for Malta, the following rules apply:

Transit is only permitted for people who can declare that they have been staying in a Public Health Corridor (PHC) country for the two weeks prior to travelling to Malta.

Find out more:

health.gov.mt


General measures



The maximum number of people who can gather in public has been reduced to 2, with the exception of people belonging to the same household. In the case of non-compliance with this requirement, a fine of €300 applies.

Specific sector guidelines are available at www.covid19health.gov.mt


Use of facemasks



The use of facemasks is mandatory for people from the age of 3 in all public places both indoors and outdoors (especially on public transport, airport terminal, retail outlets and ferries) and it is strongly recommended to wear a facemask when visiting elderly or vulnerable people. In case of non-compliance with the measure, a fine of 100 Euros; (reduced to 50 Euros on admission of fault and payment) will be imposed.

Find out more: 

Welcome to Malta - How to stay safe

Standards for the use of masks and visors


Physical Distancing



Physical distancing (2 metres) and other public health measures such as hand hygiene and use of facemasks are required according to specific sector guidelines.

Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/MLT/7001

                                                                                                              

31.03.2021


From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


PARTIALLY


Malta adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Malta are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included among Malta’s corridor countries.

Travellers coming from one of Malta’s corridor countries are allowed to enter the country, while travellers coming from countries on the "Red" list are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta cannot transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers coming from a corridor country or allowed to enter Malta are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport.


Is a quarantine required?

Travellers arriving from corridor countries who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:
Health.gov.mt


Contact Points for Malta:
Covid-19 Helpline: 111
Email: covid19.health@gov.mt​​

Documents you need to travel in Europe


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?




Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

As of 22 December 2020, unauthorised travel to and from the UK will not be allowed. Maltese citizens or people with a valid residence permit who are currently in the UK will be able to return to Malta, subject to the presentation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival. These travellers will undergo further testing upon arrival and between day 5 and 7 of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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Certain restrictions may apply, depending on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included on the Green, Amber or Red list.


Is a coronavirus test required?

All travellers coming from a corridor country or allowed to enter Malta are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Travellers who fail to produce such a test, may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine. For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay 

Red List

All the other countries not included on the Green or Amber List are automatically included on the "Red List". Travellers coming from these countries are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta must not transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.  It is also recommended that these passengers undertake a PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival.


Is a quarantine required? 

Travellers arriving from corridor countries who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:

Health.gov.mt


May I transit this country?


PARTIALLY


As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

Additionally, for Malta, the following rules apply:

Transit is only permitted for people who can declare that they have been staying in a Public Health Corridor (PHC) country for the two weeks prior to travelling to Malta.

Find out more:

health.gov.mt



General measures



The maximum number of people who can gather in public has been reduced to 2, with the exception of people belonging to the same household. In the case of non-compliance with this requirement, a fine of €300 applies.

Specific sector guidelines are available at www.covid19health.gov.mt

Health cover for temporary stays


Use of facemasks



The use of facemasks is mandatory for people from the age of 3 in all public places both indoors and outdoors (especially on public transport, airport terminal, retail outlets and ferries) and it is strongly recommended to wear a facemask when visiting elderly or vulnerable people. In case of non-compliance with the measure, a fine of 100 Euros; (reduced to 50 Euros on admission of fault and payment) will be imposed.

Find out more: 

Welcome to Malta - How to stay safe

Standards for the use of masks and visors


Physical Distancing



Physical distancing (2 metres) and other public health measures such as hand hygiene and use of facemasks are required according to specific sector guidelines.

Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/MLT/7001

                                                                                                              


28.01.2021

From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?



PARTIALLY


Malta adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Malta are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

Entry restrictions depend on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included on the Green, Amber or Red list.


Is a coronavirus test required? 

Green List

Travellers coming from the "Green List" can enter the country without restrictions. They will only be subject to a health screening at the airport and will be asked to fill in a self-declaration form requesting information on their travel destinations in the previous 30 days, confirming that they have not travelled anywhere outside the safe countries list. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France (Ile-de-France region)
  • Germany (Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (Attiki)
  • Iceland
  • Italy (Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Norway
  • Portugal (Madeira, Azores)
  • Spain (Canary Islands)

Amber List

Travellers arriving from the "Amber List" must provide proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed within 72 hours prior to their arrival to Malta. Travellers who fail to produce such a test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine. For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • France (all regions except Ile-de-France)
  • Germany (all airports except Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (all airports except Attiki)
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira and Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except the Canary Islands)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Red List

All the other countries not included on the Green or Amber List are automatically included on the "Red List". Travellers coming from these countries are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta must not transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.


Is a quarantine required? 

Travellers arriving from countries belonging to the "Amber List" who fail to produce a Covid-19 test may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.


Find out more:
Health.gov.mt


Contact Points for Malta:

Covid-19 Helpline: 111

Email: covid19.health@gov.mt​​

Documents you need to travel in Europe

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

As of 22 December 2020, unauthorised travel to and from the UK will not be allowed. Maltese citizens or people with a valid residence permit who are currently in the UK will be able to return to Malta, subject to the presentation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival. These travellers will undergo further testing upon arrival and between day 5 and 7 of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

____________________

Certain restrictions may apply, depending on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included on the GreenAmber or Red list. 

Green List

Travellers coming from the "Green List" can enter the country without restrictions. They will only be subject to a health screening at the airport and will be asked to fill in a self-declaration form requesting information on their travel destinations in the previous 30 days, confirming that they have not travelled anywhere outside the safe countries list. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Australia
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates

Amber List

Travellers arriving from the "Amber List" must provide proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed within 72 hours prior to their arrival to Malta. Travellers who fail to produce such a test, may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine. For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport. The list includes the following countries: 

  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay 

Red List

All the other countries not included on the Green or Amber List are automatically included on the "Red List". Travellers coming from these countries are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. People coming to Malta must not transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.

Find out more:

Health.gov.mt


May I transit this country?


PARTIALLY


Transit is only permitted for people who can declare that they have been staying in a Public Health Corridor (PHC) country for the two weeks prior to travelling to Malta.

Find out more:

health.gov.mt



General measures



In public places, groups of more than 6 people are prohibited. In case of non-compliance with this requirement, a fine of 200 Euro applies.

Health cover for temporary stays


Use of facemasks



The use of facemasks is mandatory for people from the age of 3 in all public places both indoors and outdoors (especially on public transport, airport terminal, retail outlets and ferries) and it is recommended when visiting elderly or vulnerable people. In case of non-compliance with the measure, a fine of 100 € (reduced to 50 € on admission of fault and payment) will be imposed.

To know more:

Welcome to Malta - How to stay safe

Stardards for the use of masks and visors


Physical Distancing



Physical distancing (2 metres) and other public health measures such as hand hygiene and use of facemasks are required according to sector guidelines available at: www.covid19health.gov.mt


                                                                                                              

15.12.2020

From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


PARTIALLY


Entry Restrictions

Travelling from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions if they are classified as part of the Public Health Corridor (PHC).

Travellers are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. Persons coming to Malta must not transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries. Travellers arriving from high-risk countries must provide proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed within 72 hours prior to their arrival to Malta. Travellers who fail to produce such a test, may be tested upon arrival in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Travellers coming from the list of safe countries will only be subject to a health screening at the airport and will be asked to fill a self-declaration form requesting information on their travel destinations in the previous 30 days, confirming that they have not travelled anywhere outside the safe countries list.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


The travel ban has been lifted for third countries with which Malta has establish a Public Health Corridor (PHC), as defined by epidemiological criteria. The list of PHC Third Countries comprises Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Rwanda, Uruguay, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, Lebanon, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia. Travel from other third-countries is allowed only on humanitarian grounds or if their travel is deemed essential as well as for MT ID card holders or MT residency permit holders, following a specific authorisation issued by the Superintendent of Public Health.

May I transit this country?


PARTIALLY


Transit is only permitted for people who can declare that they have been staying in a Public Health Corridor (PHC) country for the two weeks prior to travelling to Malta.

Find out more:

Health.gov.mt

Documents you need to travel in Europe

                                                                                                              

11.09.2020

Travelling to Malta
Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Sweden.


Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions.

All these countries are considered to be part of a Public Health Corridor (PHC). The official list is available at health.gov.mt

Third-country nationals

The travel ban has been lifted for third countries with which Malta has establish a Public Health Corridor (PHC), as defined by epidemiological criteria. The list of PHC third countries comprises Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Rwanda, Uruguay, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Lebanon, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan. Travel from other third-countries is allowed only on humanitarian grounds or if their travel is deemed essential as well as for MT ID card holders or MT residency permit holders, following a specific authorisation issued by the Superintendent of Public Health.
Updated information are availabe at health.gov.mt


Travelling from Malta or returning to Malta
Maltese citizens or persons with a valid Residency Permit for Malta do not need any special authorisation to return to Malta. To travel to Malta you may fly from any "corridor country" (see list of countries at https://www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19). If travelling from a country from which outbound travel is not yet permitted and if the authorities of the country require it, you may request a travel confirmation letter. This document is intended for entry into Malta and not for border crossing in third countries, as this remains at the discretion of the country concerned. Kindly direct requests to sitcen.mfea@gov.mt, copying covid19.vetting@gov.mt

As holders of Malta residency permits (please send scanned copies of your documents to covid19.vetting@gov.mt), you will be able to travel directly to Malta and adhere to the Medical Protocol for testing and quarantine of persons arriving in Malta, which includes:
- PCR Swab Test done within 7 days of flying to Malta, which must be negative (the result, from a licensed or accredited lab, must be available by the time of travel)
- PCR Swab Test performed in the 48 hours after arrival in Malta (For an appointment for a free test please contact 111 or +356 2132 4086 if calling from a non-Maltese line)
- PCR Swab Test on day 12/13 from arrival in Malta

Full 14 day quarantine from the date of arrival must also be observed. Both you and your household members have to undergo the quarantine. If you are the only returning traveller, you must not get in contact with any other member of your household. The quarantine period needs to be observed in full, regardless of any negative swab results.

Rules and Exceptions
Travellers are allowed to enter Malta as long as they have stayed in a "corridor country" for a minimum of 14 days. Persons coming to Malta must not transit through airports located outside the list of corridor countries.

Mandatory Travel Documentation
All persons travelling to Malta must complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Form.

Links to national sources

Health.gov.mt

Ship passenger rights


Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/MLT

Info
titleSOURCE: ITF

17.04.2020

Goods:
No restrictions on the transportation of goods between the continent and Malta, and vice-versa, via sea or air. Hauliers are urged to send unattended trucks and goods on the
RoRo vessels and to keep a team of drivers in Malta and another one in the continent.
Where this is not possible, a maximum of 2 drivers per truck are allowed to disembark. Quarantine obligation may apply to such drivers.

Passengers:
All passenger transport by sea via cruise liners and passenger vessels is temporarily banned. Transport of goods is exempt from this measure.

Start date: 10.03.2020

End date: until further notice

All flights carrying passengers are banned, except flights for humanitarian reasons pre-authorised by the health authorities. Cargo aircrafts are exempt from measure.

Start date: 21.03.2020

End date: until further notice

Others

Following Port Notice 6/2020, instructions have been issued on 4th April 2020 that bunkers surveyors, technicians and other personnel are not allowed to board or disembark any sea going vessel both within and outside Maltese territorial waters. Additionally, the transfer of such personnel between sea going vessels is not permitted.

Start date: 04.04.2020

End date: until further notice

Useful links:
https://www.transport.gov.mt/
https://covid19malta.info/

Info

Suspension of all direct passenger flights to/from Germany, Spain, France and Switzerland

Malta has notified a flight suspension of all direct passenger flights to/from Germany, Spain, France and Switzerland under Art. 21 of Regulation 1008/2008. Exemptions include flights for cargo, humanitarian and repatriation purposes.

Start date: 11.03.2020

End date: 25.03.2020





Note
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titleRemarks from the International Road Transport Union

30.06.2020

As from 1 July, Malta will open borders with the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (except for Ile-de-France), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy (except for Emilia-Romagne, Lombardy and Piemonte), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland (except for Katowice Airport), Slovakia and Spain (except for Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castile and Leon). Upon arrival in Malta, travellers must sign a declaration that they have spent the past 30 days in a country on the “safe list”. Outside the EU, Iceland, Israel, Norway and Switzerland are on the list of countries from which people are allowed to travel to Malta.

People urgently travelling to Malta from countries other than those mentioned above have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Source: Maltese government

                                                                                                              

08.04.2020

  • Restrictions 

Sea and air passenger transport is banned until further notice;

There are currently no restrictions on either sea or air freight, between Malta and the continent..

Hauliers are urged to send unattended trucks and goods on RoRo vessels and to keep one team of drivers in Malta as well as one on the continent. In cases where this is not possible, a maximum of 2 drivers per truck will be permitted to disembark, however they may be subject to quarantine.

  • Relieves

Malta has notified the EC of a temporary relaxation in the driving and rest time regulations set out in Reg. (EC) 561/2006. The maximum daily driving limit is now 11 hours, and the daily rest has been reduced to 9 hours. This temporary relaxation will apply until 16 April, 2020.

Source: ITF

                                                                                                              

16.03.2020

The Maltese Government has just announced that from tomorrow, March 17th, quarantine will be obligatory also for drivers arriving with their trucks in Malta. Hence, to avoid quarantine, transport companies should ship the trailer / container unaccompanied.

Source:ATTO

                                                                                                              

16.03.2020

Persons entering Malta from any other country from 13:00CET on 13 March 2020 onwards must spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine.

Up to now, Roro vessels for goods transport are running normally to and from Malta. So far, truck drivers are exempted from the 14-quarantine provision.

Sources: Ministry of Health and ATTO