Malta (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all country.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 18.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 4 March 2021.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Malta.
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay or Vatican City (Holy See). They must have been in one of these countries for at least 14 days before departure.
– passengers arriving on humanitarian, medevac or repatriation flights.
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium , Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy (except Sardinia and Sicily), Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (except Madeira, Azores), Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (except Canary Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay or Vatican City without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival, are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) antigen test and quarantine upon arrival.
3. Passengers and airline crew could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days.
4. A completed “Public Health Travel Declaration Form” and “Passenger Locator Form” found at must be presented upon arrival.
5. Merchant seamen must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.


Detailed Tourist Information

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 Green, Amber 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:

New Zealand
South Korea
United Arab Emirates
Amber List

Travellers arriving from the “Amber List” must provide (before boarding) 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:

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.

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.

Lockdown Details

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.

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:

The number of attendees for an organised public mass event shall not exceed 100 people inside the venue and 300 people outside the
venue. All attendees are required to wear a facemask or visor throughout the event and shall be exempted from wearing a mask or visor only when seated at a table in an event where food and drink are served. Social distancing measures apply (1 person/4 square metres of the total area and 2 metres of distance between groups) and hygiene measures are in place. All stand up organised mass events (whether public or not) shall be prohibited. 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.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops and tourist attractions are open.

Restaurants are open, provided that a limited capacity of one person per 6 square metres indoors and one person per 4 square metres outdoors is in place. A maximum number of 10 people can sit at the same table and a distance of at least 2 metres is required between tables. Masks are mandatory in common areas.

Snack bars and kiosks are closed at least until 1 February 2021.

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