Malta (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travel to Malta with just a negative PCR test result is no longer allowed. Guests, aged 12 and older, can only travel to Malta if they have a vaccination certificate, confirming that the full dosage of a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine (i.e. Comirnaty [Pfizer] – 2 doses, Jannsen [Johnson & Johnson] – 1 dose, Spikevax [Moderna] – 2 doses, Vaxzevria [AstraZeneca] – 2 doses) was received, and issued at least 14 days from the date of the administration of the final dose of the vaccine. A certificate with 2 different EMA-approved vaccines from the below recognised vaccine certificates is accepted as valid.

Approved Vaccine Certificates

The said vaccine certificate must be one which is recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, namely:

Maltese Vaccination Certificate
EU Digital COVID Certificate (Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Vatican City have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework, and therefore, the vaccination certificates issued by the countries’ health authorities are also being accepted by the Maltese Authorities)
Albanian Digital COVID Certificate / Certifikate dixhitale shqiptare COVID
Australian Vaccine Certificate verified through the Medicare Express Plus App
Arab Republic of Egypt Vaccine Certificate
Armenia Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued through the United Information System of Electronic Healthcare in the Republic of Armenia
Kingdom of Bahrain Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
Government of Bermuda Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
Doha, Qatar Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
Canada COVID-19 Provincial Immunisation Records of the following provinces, as verified by the Verifly app: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador
Dubai Health Authority Vaccination Certificate with a readable QR code
Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey Vaccination Certificates
Iraq Covid-19 Vaccination Card issued by Kurdistan Regional Government
Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Health Vaccination Card for COVID-19
Kuwait Vaccination Certificate
Lebanon Vaccination Certificate
Malaysian Covid-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate verified through MySehatara App
Moldova Vaccination Certificate as issued by the Moldova Ministry of Health
Palestinian Ministry of Health Vaccination Certificate
Republic of Rwanda Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (only on presentation of mobile phone number and respective code)
Saudi Arabia Vaccination Certificate issued by sehhaty.sa
Serbian Green Certificate with a readable QR code
Singapore Vaccination Certificate
South Korea Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued through the COOV app.
Turkish Vaccination Certificate with a readable QR code
UAE Al Hosn Vaccine Certificate
United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine, verified digitally through the VeriFLY app.
United Kingdom Vaccination Certificates:
England: NHS Covid Pass (Digital App and NHS Letter)
Wales: NHS Covid Pass Letter
Scotland: NHS Letter demonstrating Covid-19 vaccination status
Northern Ireland: Interim proof of vaccination document which is valid until 11:59pm on 31st July 2021

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

Certificate of recovery from Covid-19 without a vaccine;
Vaccine appointment card;
Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose;
Certificates for vaccines which are not approved by the European Medicines Agency;
Negative Rapid Antigen Test, whether on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise.
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 13.12.2021
1. Until 26 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Malta with:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test must be based on nasopharyngeal swab; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose; or
– a medical certificate showing pregnancy or an antenatal record card; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival issued in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jersey and Guernsey, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kurdistan (Iraq), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Territory, Togo, Turkey, Panama, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See); or
– a digital EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) and Pfizer-BioNTech; and
– Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac are accepted when AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech were the booster dose.
More details can be found at https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx ;
– passengers and merchant seamen arriving from Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Isl., Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Falk Isl., Faroe Isl., Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) or Vietnam. They must have been in one of these countries or Malta for at least 14 days before arrival and must be younger than 5 years or have:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test must be based on nasopharyngeal swab; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose; or
– a medical certificate showing pregnancy or an antenatal record card; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival issued in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jersey and Guernsey, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kurdistan (Iraq), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Territory, Togo, Turkey, Panama, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See); or
– a digital EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) and Pfizer-BioNTech; and
– Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac are accepted when AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech were the booster dose.
More details can be found at https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx ;
– passengers arriving on humanitarian, medevac or repatriation flights;
– merchant seamen with an approval from [email protected] ;
– nationals or residents of Malta younger than 12 years.
2. Passengers between 5 and 11 years must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test must be based on nasopharyngeal swab. More details can be found at https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx
3. Passengers must complete a “Public Health Travel Declaration Form” and “Passenger Locator Form” found at https://app.euplf.eu/#/ and present it upon arrival.
– This does not apply to merchant seamen with an approval from [email protected] .
4. Merchant seamen must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure. The test must be based on nasopharyngeal swab and the test result must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.
– This does not apply to passengers with:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test must be based on an nasopharyngeal swab; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose; or
– a medical certificate showing pregnancy or an antenatal record card; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival issued in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jersey and Guernsey, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kurdistan (Iraq), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Territory, Togo, Turkey, Panama, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See); or
– a digital EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) and Pfizer-BioNTech; and
– Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac are accepted when AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech were the booster dose.
More details can be found at https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Malta is accepting only vaccinated travelers arriving from countries on its red list.

Other vaccinated arrivals, or those who recovered from COVID-19, may not enter Malta.

According to a press release that has been issued by Malta’s official travel portal, VisitMalta, arrivals from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe will be temporarily banned

Check here what countries are in the Red List (Allowed) and what countries in the Dark Red List (May not be allowed or for essential travel only) https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx

Travel to Malta with just a negative PCR test result is no longer allowed. Guests, aged 12 and older, can only travel to Malta if they have a vaccination certificate, confirming that the full dosage of a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine i.e.;
– Comirnaty [Pfizer] – 2 doses,
– Jannsen [Johnson & Johnson] – 1 dose,
– Spikevax [Moderna] – 2 doses,
– Vaxzevria [AstraZeneca] – 2 doses)
was received, and issued at least 14 days from the date of the administration of the final dose of the vaccine. A certificate with 2 different EMA-approved vaccines from the above recognised vaccine certificates is accepted as valid.

Travelers arriving from countries on Malta’s amber list must now present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Unvaccinated travelers who are granted entry to Malta are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. All expenses arising from quarantine are the traveler’s responsibility.

Maltese citizens returning who are not vaccinated must go into hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Passengers have to guarantee that they have stayed in one of the permitted countries for 14 days prior to the flight.

Travelers from most countries on the green list DO NOT:
– Need to provide a negative COVID-19 test
– Have to quarantine
– Require any special permits

Only Maltese Nationals with a valid Maltese ID Card, and those who have a valid Maltese residency permit may return to Malta from countries not on the safe-corridor country list or the amber list. They will need to quarantine for 14 days and have a:
– A negative PCR test done within 7 days of flying to Malta.
– -PCR test done in the 48 hours after arrival in Malta.
– PCR test on day 12 or 13 after arrival in Malta.

Anyone arriving from the Dark Red list of countries who has a residency permit or an ID card can stay home to quarantine as long as their entire household is fully vaccinated.

All people who enter Malta are now required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form. https://app.euplf.eu/#/

Anyone looking to travel to Malta must complete a form available online, as of September 1. The online form can be accessed at https://travelauthorisation.gov.mt and replaces the previous method of emailing to request travel permission.
 

Lockdown Details

Malta has begun lifting restrictions. These rules have been in effect:
– The maximum number of people at event tables will increase to eight (from six).
– Seated events can increase maximum capacity to 300 people.
– Children under 12 will no longer need a negative test result to attend events.
– The eased restrictions are only for events open exclusively to vaccinated people.
– Vaccine certification from Armenia, Moldova, South Korea and Iraq will be accepted.
– Buses and ferries will be allowed to operate at 80 percent capacity (up from 65 percent).
– Restaurants, bars and events are allowed to dictate that only fully vaccinated people may come to their establishment/event.
– If they choose to only allow fully vaccinated people the health restrictions they must follow are not as strict as when unvaccinated people are in attendance.

The following restrictions are currently in effect:
– The number of people who can be out in public in groups has risen from two to four and the number of households permitted to mix has risen to four.
– Museums are allowed to open.
– There is no date yet for the reopening of bars and gyms.
– Restaurants and snack bars can open, but can only serve diners until 5pm and there is a maximum of 6 per table.
– Social distancing of 2 metres is strongly encouraged.
– Celebration of Mass is allowed and schools are open.
– Cinemas and theatres can reopen.
– Bars, discos and nightclubs are closed.
– Boat parties are not allowed.

Masks are mandatory in all public spaces, indoor and outdoor (under 3s are exempt).

Fines will be levied for non- compliance.

Also from June 28, sea transport will be allowed to operate with 65% of the number of passengers who are licensed to pick up. This while waterparks will be allowed to operate again.

All protocols governing the measures to be released can be found here https://bit.ly/3jBw7qr .

 

Sources

https://www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19
Data Source: covidcontrols.co