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GENERAL INFORMATION 

Air and sea travel between Malta and specific corridor countries resumed as of the 1st July 2020, according to the conditions stated below. A travel ban still applies to a number of red zones. 

The current travel requirements are applicable to all persons, irrespective of COVID-19 vaccination status.

In view of the new variant strains of COVID-19, unauthorised travel to and from the UK, Brazil and South Africa is still not permitted. Maltese citizens or persons with a valid Malta resident permit currently in these countries will be given the opportunity to return to Malta, subject to presenting a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, which test is to be taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta and testing on arrival, 14 days of mandatory quarantine with a repeat PCR test required to be taken on day 5-7 of quarantine are required.

Corridor Countries

The list of countries from where travel to Malta is allowed has been published in Legal Notice (LN) 92 of 2020, Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) Order, 2020, as amended by LN 244. 255, 280, 290, 388 and 472 of 2020,  

As of 29th March 2021, at 00:01hrs, all countries from where travel is permitted have been classified as amber.

The Minister responsible for Public Health notifies that, by virtue of article 2 (1) of the Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations, 2020 the list of countries referred to in the same regulations is being revised.

Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) Order (S.L. 465.26), is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no longer than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries, who fail to produce a negative PCR COVID -19 test, will be subject to mandatory testing in Malta or mandatory quarantine.

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 no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. This is in line with Legal Notice 333 of 2020.

Amber countries (updated with effect from Monday 29th March 2021 at 00:01) from which travellers to Malta require proof of negative PCR COVID-19 swab test done within previous 72 hours currently are:                      

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan)
  • 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
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City​

If a negative PCR test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a 14-day quarantine period is mandatory on arrival. Information regarding testing and quarantine requirements for travel to European countries may be accessed online at https://reopen.europa.eu/en.  

It is important to note that any person 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 

The following is applicable to 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 Form​ which can be downloaded from https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms/

Both completed forms are to be handed over to the Medical/Health staff on 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.

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



WHO CAN TRAVEL?  WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL?

1Persons 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 amber (corridor) countries.  Any persons coming to Malta from corridor countries must not pass through transit airports in countries that are listed as red zones. .

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 who need to return to Malta (repatriations) from a country from which outbound travel is not yet permitted and if the pertinent authorities of the country require it, 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. Scanned copies of your documents should be sent by email together with the request to the Superintendent of Public Health for authorisation to travel. 

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

• PCR Swab Test done no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in 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 (day  5-7  if originating from/passing through Brazil, South Africa, United Kingdom) 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 or register online at https://covidtest.gov.mt

• 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​

 

3. A non-Maltese citizen or person not in possession of a valid residence permit coming from a non-corridor country (red zone) 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 (red zone). 

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

In exceptional circumstances only, the Superintendent of Public Health may, in her absolute discretion, issue an exemption where in the opinion of the said Superintendent of Public Health, the travel of certain persons or goods is deemed to be essential.    

Essential reasons for consideration by the Superintendent of Public Health may include humanitarian reasons, medical reasons, re-unification of partner, spouse or children with a Maltese citizen or resident in Malta, essential workers.  

Approval following consideration may 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/child who is a Maltese citizen/resident in Malta

If your spouse/partner/child is in Malta and is Maltese citizen or has a valid residence permit, then you may be given permission to return to Malta, subject to following the relevant medical protocol for testing and observe 14 days of quarantine.

Please provide copies of all relevant documentation of yourself and your partner including passports, IDs, residency permits etc 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 your request to travel to Malta is approved by the Superintendent of Public Health, you will be required to follow the relevant medical protocol for testing and observe 14 days of quarantine.


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