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Travelling from Malta

 

Visitors to Malta

We hope your stay in Malta will be a pleasant one.  If you need to book a COVID-19 test for your return journey, we invite you to consult the Malta Tourism Authority swab centres information page​ 


Persons resident in Malta

Those resident in Malta planning to travel abroad this summer are invited to consider the following list to guide their choice of destination and to make sure that their trip is as safe as possible.


Where should I go?

It is highly recommended that, before making any travel arrangements, one should check the conditions for Maltese residents in the respective country on the EU ReOpen (http://reopen.europa.eu) website or respective government websites.

Countries are classified into Green, Amber and Red.  Green countries are the safest and have no travel restrictions.  Persons are not allowed to travel to Red countries unless they obtain specific special permission from the Superintendent of Public Health by writing to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.

Amber list countries are further subdivided into three subcategories: Low, Medium, High risk.  The categories are defined primarily by the percentage positivity rate and the variant situation prevalent in those countries, and guided by the EU Council Recommendation on travel measures in the EU (https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/travel-during-coronavirus-pandemic/common-approach-travel-measures-eu_en), together with any other public health concerns that may arise, as at 14.06.2021. ​

The list below is updated weekly. Keep in mind that the epidemiological situation in a country may fluctuate.

 


Green list - lowest risk

There are currently no countries in this list.

 

Amber list

Amber list - Low risk

 

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Canada

China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan)

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Latvia

Lebanon

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Singapore

Slovakia

South Korea

Switzerland

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

 

 

Amber list - Medium risk

 

Netherlands

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Thailand

 

Amber list - High risk 

Nil

 

Red list

All other countries​.

 

From 17th June 2021, persons who are in possession of a valid vaccination certificate (currently only the Maltese vaccine certificate) may not only travel to and return to Malta from corridor countries (listed above) but also to/from any other country listed by the Superintendent of Public Health through a notice in the Government Gazette. Individuals not in possession of a valid vaccination certificate, recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, cannot proceed to travel from/to Malta from these countries. This list currently includes:

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·         Albania

·         Armenia

·         Azerbaijan

·         Belize

·         Bhutan

·         Bosnia and Herzegovina

·         Cuba

·         Egypt

·         Faeroe Islands

·         Fiji

·         Georgia

·         Iran

·         Jamaica

·         Kazakhstan

·         Kosovo

·         Libya

·         Moldova

·         Montenegro

·         North Macedonia

·         Panama

·         Qatar

·         Russia

·         Saudi Arabia

·         Serbia

·         Vietnam


Individuals in possession of the vaccination certificate would not need to present a negative nasopharyngeal PCR test on arrival in Malta and shall also be exempt from the requirement to submit themselves to any period of quarantine.  Individuals not in possession of a valid vaccination certificate, recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health cannot proceed to travel to Malta from these countries.  Any Maltese citizens or residents in possession of a Maltese residents card who wish to do so need to obtain pre-authorisation from covid19.vetting@gov.mt. Entry into any specific country depends on the requirements of the said country.  The above requirement is in addition to any other existing entry visa requirements as defined by national authorities in Malta or otherwise.




Keeping safe during your travels

Here is some information to help keep you safe when travelling overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic:

 



Before travelling

·         Get vaccinated for COVID-19 if you are within the eligible age group.

·    Ensure you are in good general health and have the necessary prescriptions, certificates, vaccinations, and supply of medications for your trip.

·   Be informed: Check the safety information, entry requirements, public health measures and guidelines of your destination and transit countries by checking with reputable sources such as World Health Organization website (https://www.who.int/) and/or Re-open EU website (https://reopen.europa.eu/en), your travel agent, or an official website in your destination country.

·         When selecting accommodation, choose a location which is not in a busy area but close enough to landmarks/places of interest to reduce your reliance on public transport.

·    Check with your airline regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures, procedures, luggage policy, seating arrangements and also what protective face covering is expected during your trip.

·     Consider purchasing travel insurance cover for your trip. Check what level of cover your policy includes particularly in relation to possible flight cancellations and the extent of COVID-related health care coverage.

·         Always remember to carry a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for each member of your household when travelling to a European country.

·    Ensure you have the necessary documents (valid passport, visa etc.) and essentials (including sufficient masks and sanitiser for your trip).

·         Complete your health/travel declaration and passenger locator forms where applicable and check up-to-date travel health recommendations for your destination.

 

IMPORTANT:

ü  Travelling increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

ü  If you are an older traveller or have underlying health problems, you should be aware that if you are infected with COVID-19 you could be at increased risk of severe infection.

ü  Being fully vaccinated substantially reduces the risk of the two points above, so it is highly recommended to be fully vaccinated before.

ü  DO NOT TRAVEL if you have any of the following symptoms prior to travelling or when you are due to return to Malta: fever, cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, sore throat, runny/blocked nose, headache, muscle pain, loss of smell, loss of taste, diarrhoea or vomiting.

 

General recommendations

·     Respiratory etiquette - cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the inner side of your flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing (if no tissue is available) and dispose of tissue in a closed, lined bin immediately. 

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands - since your hands may easily get contaminated with viruses by touching infected surfaces, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Sanitise your hands often.

·         Wear your mask/visor at all times.

·         Keep a distance of 2 metres from other individuals who are not members of your household.

·         Avoid crowded places.

 

At the airport/port

·         Make sure you arrive at the airport/ferry terminal at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time.

·         Ensure that you always follow floor signage and markings to maintain a safe physical distance from other individuals who are not travelling with you.

·         Frequent use of hand alcohol sanitizing stations throughout the terminals is recommended.

 

During your travels

·         When reclaiming your baggage, sanitise the handles of your luggage or trolley that you may have just received and avoid spending unnecessary time at the arrival terminal. 

·         It is recommended that you wipe down your luggage with an alcohol-containing wipe or a damp cloth soaked in soap and water on arrival at your accommodation.

·         Be aware that outdoor activities pose a lower risk of getting coronavirus compared to indoor activities.

·         Online purchase and payment of tickets to tourist sites is encouraged to avoid queuing and handling cash.

·         Contactless methods of payment should otherwise be favoured. In the absence of this, you should wash or sanitise your hands after handling cash.

·         Avoid unnecessary visits to live animal markets, wet markets, or animal product markets; if you do so, you should practice general hygiene measures, including regular hand washing with soap and water after touching animals and animal products, avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands, and avoiding contact with sick animals, spoiled animal products or any live animals at the market.

If you are informed that you have come into close contact with a positive case of COVID-19, follow the advice of the Public Health Authorities of the country you are visiting. If in doubt, you may also wish to call the Public Health Helpline in Malta on 111 (or +35621324086 if calling from a non-Maltese line).

 

If you develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 during your travel:

·         Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.

·         Call your health provider, public health authorities and/or insurance company for advice.

·         Seek and follow local public health guidance.

·         If you become unwell at an airport, bus or train station before or during a long trip, seek medical advice immediately and do not start or continue your journey.

·         For more detailed guidance, read our leaflet with advice for outgoing travellers here: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Documents/resources/Travelling_Out_Of_Malta_How_To_Stay_Safe_When_Travelling_Abroad.pdf

 

COVID Alert Malta

COVID Alert Malta is the Government of Malta’s official COVID-19 contact tracing app. If you are travelling to a country with a contact tracing app that is interoperable with COVID Alert Malta (see this list), it will communicate automatically with the other country’s app.  In this case, you will only need to download, install and switch to the contact tracing app of the destination country if you are found COVID-positive in that country and you are given a code to enter into the app.

On the other hand, if you travel to a country not mentioned in the above list, we highly recommend that you download the contact tracing app of the destination country for your added safety and protection.

For further details on COVID Alert Malta, please go to https://covidalert.gov.mt

 

Useful Resources:

1.         https://www.maltairport.com/​

2.         http://www.virtuferries.com/

3.         https://reopen.europa.eu/en

4.         https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

For further info, contact covid19.health@gov.mt​