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These are the current travel requirements, which are continuously reviewed and updated.  Travel to Malta is regulated through Legal Notices​ 92, 244, 255 280, 290, 388 and 472 of 2020; and 196, 229, 254, 255, 271, 300 and 301 of 2021.


Travel requirements vary by country and may change at short notice.

Boarding will be denied for persons not presenting the requirements for travel.

Persons  who  are resident in Malta and who prior to the 14th of July were already expected to return to Malta from any of the other countries listed in the Travel Ban (Extension to All Countries) (Amendment No. 3) Order, 2021​, shall not be required to be in possession of a vaccination certificate upon their arrival in Malta from any of the countries listed in the Travel  Ban (Extension to All Countries) (Amendment No. 3) Order, 2021​, so long as upon their arrival in Malta they are in possession of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test performed not longer than seventy-two (72) hours before their arrival in Malta. 

CURRENT TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PASSENGERS FROM RED LISTED COUNTRIES/ZONES

1) All passengers are required to present a completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form ​(PLF) or the Digital Passenger Locator Form accessed from https://app.euplf.eu​ . Systems are in place to verify the origins of passengers arriving in Malta. A false declaration will be considered a criminal offence. 

2) A valid vaccination certificate recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health (age 12+) for a full course of vaccination (2 doses or 1 dose of a single dose vaccine) with EMA approved vaccines (Comirnaty [Pfizer], Jannsen [Johnson & Johnson], Spikevax [Moderna], Vaxzevria [AstraZeneca]), with batches that are authorized by the national regulatory authority of the administering country, with 14 days after the last dose.

The r
ecognised vaccine certificates include:

  -The Official Maltese vaccination certificate 
  -The EU Digital COVID vaccination certificate, issued by EU, EEA and non-EU countries connected to the EUDCC  ​gateway
  -The United Kingdom NHS (paper or digital) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
  -The UAE Vaccine certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authorities with a readable QR Code
  -The Turkish Vaccine certificate of full course of vaccination.
  -The United States CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card: accepted until 31July 2021.  As of 01 August 2021 this will need to be verified through the VeriFLY app to be accepted as a valid vaccination certificate.  The VeriFLY app is available on both Google Play (https://bit.ly/2WkqfrI) and Apple App Store (https://apple.co/3x8K0zn).  Go to https://go.daon.com/veriflyapp​ for Verifly FAQs.
  -The Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code 

  -The Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey  vaccination certificate

A certificate with 2 different EMA approved vaccines from the above recognised vaccine certificates is accepted as  valid.

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

COVID Recovery Certificates
•COVID Vaccination Certificates showing only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, irrelevant of whether after recovery or not.
•COVID Vaccine Certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose
•COVID Vaccine Certificates not on the accepted list
•Negative Rapid Antigen Test, whether on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise


3) Children between the ages of five (5) and eleven (11) years (both ages included) accompanying vaccinated parents/guardian/s must be in possession of a negative RT-PCR result performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival into Malta.

4) Children under 5 years of age do not need to be present a negative PCR test.

5) Travellers 12 years and over not in possession of a recognised vaccine certificate will need to present a negative nasopharyngeal PCR test not older than 72 hours on arrival, and will need to undergo a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days in accordance with the Standards for Quarantine for Travellers.

6)No specific authorisation is requested to travel to Malta from red countries/zones if one has been in a red zone for 14 days prior to travel and fulfils the above criteria, except if indicated as a requirement under one of the following exemptions:

•Children between the ages of five (5) and eleven (11) years accompanying vaccinated parents/guardian/s (both ages included) must be in possession of a negative RT-PCR result performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival into Malta. Children under 5 years of age do not need to be tested. 

•Pregnant persons are exempt from vaccination requirement and are required to present proof of pregnancy and doctor’s certification and 
must be in possession of a negative RT-PCR result performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival into Malta.

•In exceptional circumstances, in the presence of a valid, verifiable medical certificate which includes clear contact details of one’s medical specialist consultant, persons who are unable to take any of the approved vaccines for medical reasons may request an exemption to travel by sending an email with all relevant documentation to covid19.vetting@gov.mt. Subject title of email should read as follows “EXEMPTION REQUEST: Name of person for whom the application is being requested.”
 If exemption is granted they must be in possession of a negative RT-PCR result performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival into Malta. A copy of the exemption letter and authorisation code from the Superintendent of Public Health must also be presented on arrival.

7)
 Residents who have a permanent residence in Malta may apply to undergo quarantine at an alternative address if authorised by the Superintendent of Public Health. This is only applicable for those arriving from red countries/zones. Persons who are eligible to quarantine at another address need to submit an application via an online form at least ten days prior to their arrival in Malta. This form can be accessed here​. Health authorities reserve the right to accept or reject such requests. All others persons will be required to observe quarantine in a quarantine facility  against payment of €100 per night per room including breakfast only.

The relevant documents must be presented to the carrier (by air or by sea) offering travel to Malta.  Failure to this shall result in denied boarding. The documents are to be handed by the passenger to the health staff on arrival at Malta International Airport or at the Sea Port terminals.

Travellers are advised to ensure that all other documents that may be required, such as visas, are in order and that any required authorisations are obtained prior to making any travel arrangements.


Persons travelling to Malta from the below Red countries/Zones must not pass through transit airports in Dark Red Countries/Zones.​

Travellers arriving from any of the below mentioned countries/regions classified as RED, who have spent 14 days or longer in red zones, DO NOT require prior authorisation to travel to Malta and NO AUTHORISATION CODE IS NEEDED.


Red Countries/Zones:

    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Armenia
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Bhutan
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czechia
    • Denmark
    • Egypt
    • Estonia
    • Faroe Islands
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Gibraltar
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Iran
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kosovo
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • North Macedonia
    • Norway
    • Panama
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Qatar
    • Romania
    • San Marino
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Serbia
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Vatican City
    • Vietnam
    • United States of America (limited to the following states: Alabama, AlaskaAmerican Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,​ Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,  Iowa,​ Kansas. Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, ​Mississippi,  Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,​ Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,​ Northern Mariana Islands, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,​ Oklahoma, Oregon,​ Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico,​ Republic of Marshall Islands, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,​ Utah, Vermont, Virginia,​Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin​, Wyoming.


REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS ARRIVING IN MALTA FROM COUNTRIES/ZONES ON DARK RED LIST

Travel from Dark Red (Travel Ban) countries/zones is only permitted for essential travel in exceptional  circumstances and only with prior authorisation in accordance with the procedure listed below.

Specific authorisation is required for travellers from the following countries subject to an effective travel ban in accordance with the legal notice Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) Order (S.L. 465. 26); send a separate email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt with ‘’CONSIDER [Name of Country/State]’’ in the subject line.

Exceptional approval for essential travel may be granted for persons travelling from Dark Red countries/zones (irrespective of vaccination status), for:
  (i) Returning Maltese citizens or residents for long stay/repatriation (not for vacation)
 (ii) 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) 

To request authorisa
tion to travel to Malta, send a separate email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt with ‘’CONSIDER - [Name of Country/State where travel will originate from]’’ in the subject line. The following details are to be submitted in the email:


  •Name 
  •Surname 
  •Date of birth 
  •Maltese ID/Residence Permit no and expiry date 
  •Official travel document no, country of issue and expiry date 
  •Permanent residential address & contact no. (mobile) 
  •Country of origin of travel to Malta and likely transit airports 
  •Details and contact no. of employer in Malta 
  •Reason for essential travel ( e.g. Maltese citizen/resident returning to Malta for long stay/repatriation; serious medical reasons, spouse/partner/minor child reunification) 

The email request is to include as attachments: all relevant documents (back & front copy of Maltese ID/residence permit, travel identification document, birth/medical/marriage/civil union/death certificate/s, notarial document as proof of relationship/ adoption, etc.) as applicable pertaining to the requested essential travel only.

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

  •Present a negative result for a nasopharyngeal RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hr prior to arrival in Malta. 
  •Observe 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a quarantine facility in accordance with the Standards for Quarantine For Travellers against payment of €100 per night inclusive only of breakfast, and a repeat PCR test must be taken on day 11-12 of quarantine.  Additional testing may be requested on arrival and as required by the public health authorities.   

List of Dark Red Countries/Zones

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Mongolia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (country)
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Reunion
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barts
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maartin (French part)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • United States, minor outlying Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands (British)
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe



​Further Information

1) A vaccination certificate will only be accepted as valid if included in the list of approved vaccine certificates as listed here: Government Notices published in Govt. Gazette No. 20,635 of 1st June 2021​Govt. Gazette No.20,653 of 28th June 2021​ and Govt. Gazette No. 20 655 of 1st July 2021​ issued pursuant to Article 2 of Legal Notice 229 of 2021. The current list of COVID-19 vaccination certificates recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health are:

  -The Official Maltese vaccination certificate 
  -The EU Digital COVID vaccination certificate, issued by EU, EEA and non-EU countries connected to the EUDCC  ​gateway
  -The United Kingdom NHS (paper or digital) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
  -The UAE Vaccine certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authorities with a readable QR Code
  -The Turkish Vaccine certificate of full course of vaccination
  -The United States CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card: accepted until 31July 2021.  As of 01 August 2021 this will need to be verified through the VeriFLY app to be accepted as a valid vaccination certificate.  The VeriFLY app is available on both Google Play (https://bit.ly/2WkqfrI) and Apple App Store (https://apple.co/3x8K0zn).  Go to https://go.daon.com/veriflyapp​ for Verifly FAQs.
  -The Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code 
  -The Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey  vaccination certificate

2) The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

COVID Recovery Certificates
•COVID Vaccination Certificates showing only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, irrelevant of whether after recovery or not.
•COVID Vaccine Certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose
•COVID Vaccine Certificates not on the accepted list
•Negative Rapid Antigen Test, whether on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise


3) The list of EMA approved vaccines can be found here: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/human-regulatory/overview/public-health-threats/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/treatments-vaccines/vaccines-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-authorised.

4) Persons vaccinated in Malta may download their Maltese and EU digital vaccination certificates from https://certifikatvaccin.gov.mt.

5) The countries connected to the EUDCC gateway can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en

6) In the case where a diplomat is not in possession of an approved and valid vaccination certificate by the Superintendent of Public Health, holders of a valid Diplomatic Passport issued by the Passport Office in Malta are allowed entry into Malta without the need to quarantine, subject to the presentation of proof of vaccination with an EMA-Approved Vaccine.

7) All vaccine certificates are checked and verified at the borders for authenticity. It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that his/her vaccination certificate conforms to the accepted certificates in this list.


8) Systems are in place to verify the origins of passengers arriving in Malta.  The Superintendence of Public Health requires that all persons travelling to Malta complete the Passenger Locator Form and Travel Declaration Form or the digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) is now live and can be accessed from https://app.euplf.eu​ .This form can be used for all passengers entering Malta. For the coming few weeks the paper PLF form will still be accepted.


9) The completed PLF and a copy of your vaccine certificate and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (for travel authorised by the SPH for travel under the medical protocol) is to be presented at boarding and then handed over to the Public Health staff on arrival to Malta (at airport or seaport).  Boarding will be denied upon failure to present these documents. A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence. 


10) Failure to present the required documents on arrival will result in mandatory
RT-PCR nasopharyngeal testing and mandatory quarantine against a fee in accordance with the Standards for Quarantine for Travellers​ entering Malta, in a stipulated quarantine location, against a fee.


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


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Welcome  to Malta - How to Stay Safe

Legal Notices

LN 301 of 2021 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 4)Order, 2021

LN 300 of 2021 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment No 4) Order, 2021​

LN 271 of 2021 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 3)Order, 2021

LN 255 of 2021 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 2) Order, 2021​

LN 254 of 2021 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment No 2) Order, 2021​

LN 229 of 2021 - Conditions to be imposed on Persons Travelling to and from Malta Order, 2021​

LN 197 of 2021 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment) Order, 2021​

LN 196 of 2021 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment) Order 2021​

LN 472 of 2020 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 6) Order 2020​

LN 333 of 2020 - Public Health Act - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travellers Regulations​

LN 388 of 2020 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 5) Order 2020 ​

LN 290 of 2020 - Travel Ban (Extension to All Countries) (Amendment No. 4) Order 2020.pdf

LN 289 of 2020 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment No. 4) Order, 2020.pdf

LN280 of 2020 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries)(Amendment no.3)​

LN279 of 2020 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment No.3) Order 2020​

LN252 of 2020 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment No.2) Order 2020

LN244 of 2020 - Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries)(Amendment)​

LN 79 of 2020 - Period of Quarantine (Amendment) Order 2020

LN63 of 2020 - Period of Quarantine (Extension of Countries)

LN44 of 2020 - Service of Notice Relating to Enforcement of Quarantine Regulations​

LN 254 of 2021- PUBLIC HEALTH ACT (CAP. 465) Period of Quarantine (Amendment No. 2) Order, 2021

LN 255 of 2021- PUBLIC HEALTH ACT(CAP. 465)Travel Ban (Extension to All Countries) (Amendment No. 2) Order, 2021

LN 271 of 2021 - Travel Ban (Extension to All Countries) (Amendment No. 3) Order, 2021​

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