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GENERAL INFORMATION

Air and sea travel between Malta and specific corridor countries has resumed as of the 1st July 2020, according to the conditions stated below.

Corridor Countries

The list of countries was published in Legal Notice (LN) 244 of 2020, Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment) Order, 2020; LN 255 of 2020, Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 2) Order, 2020 and amended by LN 280 of 2020, Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 3) Order 2020, LN 290 of 2020,Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 4) Order, 2020, LN 289 of 2020, Period of Quarantine (Amendment No.4) LN 388 of 2020, Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment No 5) Order 2020 and LN 333 of 2020, Public Health Act, Mandatory Tests for Certain Travellers Regulations.

The current list of corridor countries includes:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden*, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City.

Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are also considered as within Malta’s travel corridor countries (considered with UK and China respectively). 

Quarantine on arrival to Malta will not be applicable to those travelling from these countries, but suspected persons will be requested to have a swab test.

An 'amber' list of corridor countries is published from week to week from which arriving passengers must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 swab test result, which test must have been taken not longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta.  If a negative test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a 14 day quarantine period may be required. This with effect from Saturday 22nd August 2020 in accordance with Legal Notice 333 of 2020. (https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2020/333/eng/pdf)

Amber countries from which travellers to Malta require proof of negative PCR COVID-19 swab test done within previous 72 hours currently are:

  -Austria                                                                                                                                                                          -Belgium                                                                                                                                                                        -Bulgaria                                                                                                                                                                          -Czech Republic                                                                                                                                                            -France ​(all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Germany (all airports)                                                                                                                                                    -Hungary                                                                                                                                                                          -Ireland                                                                                                                                                                            -Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice)                      -Luxembourg                                                                                                                                                                 -Netherlands (all airports)                                                                                                                                              -Poland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Portugal (Porto)                                                                                                                                                              -Spain (all airports) ​                                                                                                                                                         -Swtzerland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                  -Tunisia                                                                                                                                                                           ​ -United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinbugh, Leeds, Livelpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham)                                                                                                                                                    

Prior to travelling make sure that all other documents you may require, such as visas, are in order.

Information regarding travel to and from further destinations and testing and quarantine requirements on arrival will be included in future updates that may be accessed online at https://reopen.europa.eu/en.  

!It is important to note that persons travelling to Malta must do so from any corridor country and must have been resident in any corridor country or countries for a minimum of 14 days. Persons coming to Malta must not pass through transit airports outside the list of corridor countries! 

 

All persons travelling to Malta:
Declaration Forms:

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  Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Forms which can be downloaded from https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms/

Both completed forms are to be handed over to the Aircraft Crew or drop the Forms within the deposit boxes available on exit from the Terminal Temperature Screening Points following arrival at Malta International Airport or with the Virtu Ferries crew at the check in counter, prior departure from Pozzallo, Sicily.  A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence.


WHO CAN TRAVEL?  WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL?

1. Persons resident in a corridor country (including Maltese citizens and persons with a valid Maltese residence permit) for 14 days or more

There is no travel ban to and from the above-listed corridor countries.  Any persons coming to Malta from corridor countries must not pass through transit airports in countries that are not corridor countries.

Passengers travelling to Malta are required by the Superintendence of Public Health for Malta to complete the  Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator Form which can be downloaded from https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms/. Both completed forms are to be handed over to the aircraft crew or dropped within the deposit boxes available on exit from the Terminal Temperature Screening Points following arrival at Malta International Airport or with the Virtu Ferries crew at the check in counter, prior to departure from Pozzallo, Sicily.  A false declaration will be considered a criminal offence.

With effect from 22 August 2020 in accordance with Legal Notice 333 of 2020 (https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2020/333/eng/pdf), persons travelling to Malta from the 'amber' list of corridor countries published from week to week in the Government Gazette, must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 swab test result, which test must have been taken not longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. 

Amber countries from which travellers to Malta require proof of negative PCR COVID-19 swab test done within previous 72 hours currently are:

  -Austria                                                                                                                                                                          -Belgium                                                                                                                                                                        -Bulgaria                                                                                                                                                                          -Czech Republic                                                                                                                                                            -France ​(all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Germany (all airports)                                                                                                                                                    -Hungary                                                                                                                                                                          -Ireland                                                                                                                                                                            -Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice)                      -Luxembourg                                                                                                                                                                 -Netherlands (all airports)                                                                                                                                              -Poland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Portugal (Porto)                                                                                                                                                              -Spain (all airports) ​                                                                                                                                                         -Swtzerland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                  -Tunisia                                                                                                                                                                           ​ -United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinbugh, Leeds, Livelpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham)

 If, on arrival, a negative test result is not presented, a swab test may be carried out or a 14 day quarantine period may be required.

Prior to travelling make sure that all other authorisations and documents you may require, such as visas, are in order.

2. Maltese citizens or persons with valid residence permit coming from non-corridor country returning home (not on vacation)

Maltese citizens or persons with a valid Residence Permit for Malta do not need any special authorisation to return to Malta via flights from any corridor country please refer to list of countries above.

If travelling from a country from which outbound travel is not yet permitted and if the pertinent authorities of the country require it, you may request a travel confirmation letter. This document is intended for entry into Malta and not for border crossing in third countries as this remains the discretion of the country concerned.  Kindly direct requests to sitcen.mfea@gov.mt, copying covid19.vetting@gov.mt​ with: CONSIDER in subject line.

Systems are in place to verify the origins of passengers arriving in Malta. Passengers travelling to Malta are required by the Superintendence of Public Health for Malta to complete the  Public Health Travel Declaration Form​ and the Passenger Locator Form which can be downloaded from https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms/

Both completed forms are to be handed over to the Aircraft Crew or drop the Forms within the deposit boxes available on exit from the Terminal Temperature Screening Points following arrival at Malta International Airport or with the Virtu Ferries crew at the check in counter, prior departure from Pozzallo, Sicily.  A false declaration will be considered a criminal offence.

Prior to travelling make sure that all other authorisations and documents you may require, such as visas, are in order.

Such persons will also be required to follow the medical protocol hereunder: 

• PCR Swab Test done within 7 days of flying to Malta which must be Negative (The result, from a licensed or accredited lab, must be available by the time of travel)

• PCR Swab Test done on day 7-10 from arrival in Malta (For an appointment for a free test please contact 111 or +356 2132 4086 if calling from a non-Maltese number) 

• You must also observe quarantine, in isolation from all other persons for 14 full days from arrival in Malta. You must not come in contact with other household members if you must share a household. Other household members also need to observe quarantine. The quarantine period needs to be observed in full regardless of any negative swab results. This is as per LN 63 of 2020, the Period of Quarantine (Amendment) Order, 2020, further amended by LN’s 79, 252, 279 and 289 of 2020. 

• Swab test results and the address where quarantine is to be observed must be sent by email to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt​

Alternatively, in order to travel to Malta you would need to spend 14 days in a green corridor country before reaching Malta.  Once this is achieved, you will then be free to travel to Malta without the need for testing or quarantine, unless travelling from a corridor country on the amber list.

With effect from Saturday 22 August 2020 in accordance with LN 333 of 2020  (https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2020/333/eng/pdf), persons travelling to Malta from the 'amber' list of corridor countries published from week to week in the Government gazette, must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 swab test result, which test must have been taken not longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. 

Amber countries from which travellers to Malta require proof of negative PCR COVID-19 swab test done within previous 72 hours currently are:

  -Austria                                                                                                                                                                          -Belgium                                                                                                                                                                        -Bulgaria                                                                                                                                                                          -Czech Republic                                                                                                                                                            -France ​(all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Germany (all airports)                                                                                                                                                    -Hungary                                                                                                                                                                          -Ireland                                                                                                                                                                            -Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice)                      -Luxembourg                                                                                                                                                                 -Netherlands (all airports)                                                                                                                                              -Poland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Portugal (Porto)                                                                                                                                                              -Spain (all airports) ​                                                                                                                                                         -Swtzerland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                  -Tunisia                                                                                                                                                                           ​ -United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinbugh, Leeds, Livelpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham)

If, on arrival, a negative test result is not presented, a swab test may be carried out or a 14 day quarantine period may be required. 

3. A non-Maltese citizen or person not in possession of a valid residence permit coming from a non-corridor country for non-essential reasons.

If you are not a Maltese citizen or do not have a valid residence permit for Malta, you are currently not allowed to travel to Malta from a non-corridor country.  In order to travel to Malta you would need to spend 14 days in a corridor country before reaching Malta. 

Once this is achieved, you will then be free to travel to Malta without the need to quarantine or the need to adhere to any other medical protocol, unless travelling from a corridor country on the amber list.

With effect from Saturday 22 August 2020 in accordance with Legal Notice 333 of 2020 (https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2020/333/eng/pdf), persons travelling to Malta from the 'amber' list of corridor countries published from week to week in the Government Gazette, must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 swab test result, which test must have been taken not longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. 

Amber countries from which travellers to Malta require proof of negative PCR COVID-19 swab test done within previous 72 hours currently are:

  -Austria                                                                                                                                                                          -Belgium                                                                                                                                                                        -Bulgaria                                                                                                                                                                          -Czech Republic                                                                                                                                                            -France ​(all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Germany (all airports)                                                                                                                                                    -Hungary                                                                                                                                                                          -Ireland                                                                                                                                                                            -Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice)                      -Luxembourg                                                                                                                                                                 -Netherlands (all airports)                                                                                                                                              -Poland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                        -Portugal (Porto)                                                                                                                                                              -Spain (all airports) ​                                                                                                                                                         -Swtzerland (all airports)                                                                                                                                                  -Tunisia                                                                                                                                                                           ​ -United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinbugh, Leeds, Livelpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham) 

If, on arrival, a negative test result is not presented, a swab test may be carried out or a 14 day quarantine period may be required. 


4. A non-Maltese citizen or person not in possession of a valid residence permit coming from a non- corridor country for essential reasons.

Essential reasons include humanitarian reasons, impending family reasons, medical reasons, re-unification of partner, spouse or children with a Maltese citizen or resident in Malta, essential workers.  

Approval following consideration will be only be given after verification of the situation with all relevant testimonials and/or documentation to be sent to by email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt, and subject to medical protocol for testing and full 14-day quarantine.

 

5. Third country national travelling to join/meet a spouse/partner who is a Maltese citizen/resident in Malta

Please provide copies of all relevant documentation of yourself and your partner for verification purposes by email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.  You will also need to provide a declaration attesting to your relationship and its duration. If you are accepted to travel to Malta you will be required to follow the medical protocol for testing and observe 14 days of quarantine.

If your husband/wife is in Malta and is Maltese citizen or has a valid residence permit, then you may be given permission to return to Malta.  Please provide copies of all relevant documentation including passports, IDs, residency permits etc for verification purposes by email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.  If you are accepted to travel to Malta you will be required to follow the medical protocol for testing and observe 14 days of quarantine.

 

6Maltese residents

As holders of Malta residence permits (please send scanned copies of your documents to covid19.vetting@gov.mt), you will be able to travel directly to Malta and adhere to the following Medical Protocol for testing and quarantine of persons arriving in Malta, which includes:

• PCR Swab Test done within 7 days of flying to Malta which must be Negative (the result, from a licensed or accredited lab, must be available by the time of travel).

• PCR Swab Test done on day 7-10 from arrival in Malta (for an appointment for a free test please contact 111 or +356 2132 4086 if calling from a non-Maltese number). 

Full 14-day quarantine from the date of arrival must also be observed, in isolation from all other persons for 14 full days from arrival in Malta.  Both you and your household members are to observe quarantine. If you are the only returning traveller, you must not come in contact with other household members if you must share a household. The quarantine period needs to be observed in full regardless of any negative swab results. This is as per Legal Notice 63 of 2020, the Period of Quarantine (Amendment) Order, 2020, further amended by LN’s 79, 252, 279 and 289 of 2020. 

PCR swab test results and the address where quarantine is to be observed must be sent  by email to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt 


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