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                                                                                                                                                                                      All travellers to Malta are required to complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form (EU-dPLF)                

The Superintendence of Public Health requires that all persons travelling to Malta complete the digital      Passenger Locator Form.

A separate PLF for every person coming to Malta, including minors and dependent persons, must be completed, even if travelling as part of a group or family.

The Malta Digital Passenger Locator is part of the EU digital PLF system and can be accessed from https://app.euplf.eu.​

The paper form of the Passenger Locator Form was available and accepted for a transition period, however as from the 16th of August 2021, passengers will only be allowed to submit their passenger locator form (PLF) via the online EU-dPLF platform which can be accessed at https://app.euplf.eu/#/​.  They can then present the submitted PLF with the QR code at check in and on arrival in Malta in digital format or as a print-out. Paper copies of the passenger locator form will no longer be distributed and will not be accepted at check-in or on arrival in Malta​.  For further information, please see the FAQs section below.

For other requirements necessary for travel to Malta from countries/zones on the Red and Dark-Red lists, please visit the Travel to Malta page.

dPLF - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Passenger Locator Form (PLF)?

A PLF is a form containing the details of persons who are travelling, by any means (such as via air travel, cruise or ferry) to go from one country to another.  
PLF’s are used by Public Health Authorities to help facilitate contact tracing in case the person is exposed to an infectious disease during their travel and need to be contacted so that they can be duly informed in a timely manner.  The aim is to protect the health of travellers and their contacts, and also to help prevent spread of disease. 
The dPLF is the same form in digital format that is filled in on-line before travelling.


Who is required to complete the digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)?
All travellers entering Malta via air or by sea (cruise or ferry) are required to complete a digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF).
Each individual who is travelling will have to complete a separate PLF, even if travelling as part of a group or family. 
The Malta digital Passenger Locator is part of the EU digital PLF system and can be accessed from https://app.euplf.eu


What is the procedure to complete the digital PLF in the EU-dPLF web application?
STEP 1: Access the EU-dPLF form from https://app.euplf.eu 

STEP 2: Register:  Travellers must register to the EU-dPLF web application by providing a valid email address and a password.  Travellers will receive a confirmation email sent to the email address they provided.  To validate and complete the registration, travellers must click on the link sent to the declared email address.

STEP 3: Complete the EU-dPLF:  Travellers will be asked to provide the following information:

Select your destination country.  Passengers travelling to Malta need to choose Malta from the drop-down screen.
Travel information: mode of transport, aircraft, cruise or ferry
Details of flight or cruise or ferry including, where applicable, airline or ship name, flight number, seat/cabin number, embarkation airport/port, destination airport/country, arrival/disembarkation/travel date and any connection flights.
Personal information: name, contact details, phone number, email address, identification details 
Permanent address details
Temporary address details (if different from permanent address)
Previously visited countries over the previous 14 days other than your permanent address
Emergency contact information (optional)
•       Uploading of recognised vaccine certificate or negative pharyngeal PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival in Malta
•       Travellers that have spent time in a dark red country and those with exceptional exemptions will also be required to enter their COVID-19 Public Health Travel Authorisation Code to proceed

Health declaration including which countries you visited in the previous 14 days, vaccination status and test results (with uploading of relevant documentation), your age, symptoms, quarantine details, and recent COVID-19 history. 


STEP 4: Review and submit the EU-dPLF:  Before submission of the form the traveller will be able to preview the information they have completed. 
 
STEP 5: Receive the QR Code:  Travellers will receive a confirmation e-mail with the outcome of the submission of the dPLF with a unique Quick Response (QR) code.  The e-mail will contain the QR code and a link to download the dPLF in PDF format.  Travellers must download onto their device or print the dPLF form from the e-mail they receive.  You will need to show the dPLF form at boarding and/or at arrival in Malta.
Should the information provided not be sufficient or in-line with travel requirements, the digital PLF may not be accepted and may be classified as pending review or rejected.  Travellers will be warned of this prior to pressing “Submit”.  If the Submit button is pressed, the traveller will not be allowed to resubmit another application for the same personal and travel details.  
If the information submitted is satisfactory, upon completion of the digital Passenger Locator Form, the traveller will be allowed to travel to Malta.


At what stage do I need to present the dPLF?
The dPLF is needed for boarding to travel to Malta.  Flight, cruise liner and passenger ferry operators are directed not to allow anyone without all the requirements for travel to Malta, including a completed PLF, to board.
You will receive an email confirmation with a PDF file upon submission of the dPLF.  You will be directed to show this document at the boarding checkpoint before boarding your flight or ferry to Malta.  Cruise liner passengers will have to complete the dPLF to be allowed disembarkation in Maltese ports. 


What will I have to do upon arrival in Malta?
Upon arrival in Malta, the traveller will be asked to show the dPLF QR Code to the Inspector at the point of entry.  Based on the information provided in the dPLF you will either be allowed to enter Malta, or else might be required to repeat the test and/or quarantine if the requirements for entry to Malta are not met. 
It is important to note that a false declaration on arrival is considered a criminal offence.


Is a new PLF required if I have a connection flight through Malta, or if I am travelling by cruise?
As a general rule when the traveller uses different means of transport (ship, airplane), then a new PLF should be completed each time the traveller boards a new mode of transport to travel to another country. As an exception, when travellers are travelling by airplane, and the travel includes connection flights in different country/countries, then only one PLF should be submitted for the final destination country. However, if the traveller leaves the airport, before boarding the connection flight, then a separate PLF should be completed for this country as well.
Travellers travelling with a cruise ship who will remain on the cruise ship need not submit a dPLF and will need to submit the dPLF prior to disembarkation in the final destination country (end of cruise). 


Who will use the information I share in the digital PLF?
The information shared in the EU-dPLF is used only by the Maltese Public Health Authorities in case this is needed to contact the person.  This information is not shared with other third parties and is protected by the General Data Protection Regulations of the EU.


Who has access to the data I share?
The information collected will be shared with a hosting service provider and application development, maintenance, and technical support providers, and the Maltese Public Health Authorities.  The information is stored and shared according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).​


Why is the information in the EU-dPLF collected?
Information in the EU-dPLF is collected for the following purposes:
For contact tracing purposes on a national and international level as necessary
To help prevent cross-border threats.
​• To implement disease prevention measures


I have travelled a lot before and was never asked to fill in this form. Why is this being done now?
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers were asked to fill in a PLF only in certain scenarios in the interests of Public Health.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that it is not always possible to know who might be suffering from an infectious disease that can be transmitted to those persons nearby, and therefore this extra precaution can help improve contact with travellers at risk should this be needed. PLFs have been collected since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic.


What happens if I don’t want to fill in the PLF?
Persons who decide not to fill in the PLF will be denied boarding as this is a mandatory requirement for travelling to Malta. 


When can I fill in the digital PLF?
You should aim to fill in your dPLF leaving adequate time to deal with any problems you may have with filling it in. You will need to have the following documents in hand to be able to submit the form, depending on the country you are travelling from:
Your valid, recognised certificate of vaccination, OR 
A Negative nasopharyngeal PCR swab from a licensed or accredited laboratory, that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta, 
Authorisation from the Maltese Health Authorities for travel to Malta if you are arriving from a country which is on the Dark-Red list, or if you are arriving from a country on the Red list and are not in possession of a valid certificate of vaccination accepted by the Maltese Health Authorities.


What happens to those persons who do not have access to a computer while abroad and cannot get someone to fill in the form for them?
After an initial transition period where both the paper-based and the digital system for the PLF could be used,  as of the 16th August 2021 only the digital PLF will be accepted.  You may access the dPLF from a computer, smart phone or tablet.


I need an Authorisation and an Authorisation Code before I can travel to Malta.  How can I obtain one?
Every person who is travelling from a country on the Dark-Red list needs to obtain authorisation from the Maltese Health Authorities before travelling.  
The authorisation can be obtained by sending an email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt with the following information:
Full name and official identification number of every person travelling to Malta.  The identification number must be the same that will be used on the travel document.
The reason for travel to Malta.
You should apply at least 1 week before your planned trip to Malta to allow for your authorisation application to be reviewed in time.
If your application for travel is accepted, you will receive an Authorisation Code that you would need to input in the relevant section on the EU-dPLF when prompted.  Each code will be unique for every person travelling to Malta and can be used only once.  An application has to be submitted for every member of the family or group (including minors and dependent persons) travelling to Malta.

For any queries please e-mail dplfqueries@gov.mt​