🌎 / Malta

Up-to-date info COVID-19 travel restrictions. Quarantine conditions, entry requrements, list of approved vaccines and etc., help you make decisions about future trips in 2021.

🦠 Malta COVID-19 travel requirements

βœ… List of approved vaccines in Malta

Oxford–AstraZeneca
Pfizer–BioNTech
Janssen
Moderna

⚠ Current covid restrictions in Malta

🧒 Schools closing – Recomended
🏢 Workplace closing – Recommended
🥳 Public events – Recommended cancellations
🍻 Public gathering – gatherings of less than 10 people
🏡 Stay at home – No measures
😷 Face covering – Required in all shared/public spaces outside the home with other people present or all situations when social distancing not possible
🚌 Public transport – No measures
✈ Internal movement – No measures
🗺 International travel control – Ban on high-risk regions
🧪 PCR testing – Testing of anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms
💉 Vaccination policy – Universal availability

🧾 Entry conditions

Last updated: 5 December 2021, 14:43 (GMT +4)

Travel to Malta

Travel update

Travel to and from regions/countries with known cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 to Malta will be temporarily banned as from Sunday 28 November 2021 at 00:01 am. At the moment this includes South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

If you are travelling to Malta, you must complete required forms. You may also be subject to mandatory quarantine on arrival.

Travel eligibility

Only specific categories of passengers are allowed to travel to Malta at this time. Please check if you are eligible before you travel.

All passengers 12 years old and above must present a certificate recognised by the Superintended of Public Health stating that they have received all the required doses of up to two vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to be allowed unrestricted entry into Malta. The vaccination certificate must have been issued at least 14 days after the last dose was administered - 2 doses or 1 dose of a vaccine approved by the EMA: Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca.

Vaccine certificates indicating that the passengers has received the complete dose of a WHO approved vaccine will now be accepted, provided that the passengers has also received a booster dose of an EMA approved vaccine.

A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result will not be accepted for travel in place of a vaccination certificate.

For the current list of COVID-19 vaccination certificates recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health click here.

A certificate with 2 different EMA approved vaccines from the above recognised vaccine certificates is accepted as valid. The list of EMA approved vaccines can be found on the official website.

Passengers travelling to Malta must do so from any corridor country (red zone) and must be a resident or had stayed in the country a minimum of 14 days before travelling to Malta. Passengers transiting through airports in dark red zones will not be allowed entry into Malta.

Recognised certificates showing recovery from COVID-19 plus one dose of an EMA approved vaccine, as per the vaccination policy of the issuing country, administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Malta, will also be accepted.

Unaccompanied minors are not permitted to travel to Malta.

Vaccination exemptions

  • Pregnant persons are exempt from the vaccination requirement but are required to present proof of pregnancy and doctor’s certification. Passengers in this category must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result for a test performed not more than 72 hours before arrival in Malta.
  • In exceptional circumstances, passengers who are not able to take any of the approved vaccines for medical reasons may request for an exemption for travel. They must present a valid, verifiable medical certificate with the contact details of their medical specialist via email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt with subject title β€œEXEMPTION REQUEST: Name of applicant”. Passengers under this category who have been granted an exemption must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate for a test performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival in Malta. A copy of the exemption letter and authorisation code from the Superintendent of Public Health must also be presented on arrival.
  • Children below 5 years old are exempted from presenting a vaccination certificate.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Only children from the age of 5 to 11 years accompanied by vaccinated parents/guardians are permitted to enter Malta with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate for a test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Malta.

COVID-19 testing exemptions

Children below 5 years old are exempted from COVID-19 RT-PCR testing requirements.

Required forms

Effective 16 August 2021, passengers are required to submit the Passenger Locator Form - PLF online. The submitted PLF containing a QR code should be presented in either digital format or as a printout at the time of check-in and on arrival in Malta.

A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence.

Travellers are advised to ensure that all other documents that may be required, such as visas, are in order.

Quarantine rules

All passengers travelling to Malta from red countries without a recognised vaccine certificate must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result for a test performed within 72 hours of arrival in Malta. Passengers who do not have a recognised vaccination certificate, unless exempt, must submit to a 14-day quarantine at their own expense at a quarantine hotel recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health or may apply to undergo quarantine at an alternative address.

Local Health Authorities

Travel from dark red countries/zones

Travel from dark red countries is only permitted for essential travel in exceptional circumstances and only with prior authorisation in accordance with the procedure listed below. Please refer to the official website for the list of dark red countries/zones official website for the list of dark red countries/zones, the application for travel authorisation, authorisation to undergo quarantine at an alternative address and other related criteria.

Exceptional approval for essential travel may be granted for persons travelling from dark red countries (irrespective of vaccination status) for:

  • Returning Maltese citizens or residents for long stay/repatriation (not for vacation)
  • Other travel considered to be essential by the Superintendent of Public Health in exceptional circumstances only (such considerations may include serious medical reasons, adoption, reunification of spouse/partner/minor/child with parents)

In the case travel is authorised, a unique, personal non-transferable authorisation code will be sent to each passenger, and the code must be entered into the Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to travel. Authorised travellers will be required to follow the following protocol:

  • Present a negative result for a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival in Malta.
  • Observe 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a quarantine facility in accordance with the Standards for Quarantine for Travellers – quarantine fee is EUR 100 per night including breakfast and a second COVID-19 RT-PCR test to be performed on day 11 or 12 of quarantine, or quarantine at an alternative address if it meets the criteria.
  • Additional testing may be requested on arrival and as required by the public health authorities.

Other information

Please refer to the official government website for further information.

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