Here is all the COVID-19 info and updates you need to know before your trip to Malta, during, and after.

Update 29/09/2021

Government Notice issued pursuant to Article 2 of the Travel Ban (Extension to all countries) Order Subsidiary Legislation 465.26, and Article 2 of Period of Quarantine Order, 2021 Subsidiary Legislation 465.13

The Superintendent of Public Health hereby notifies that the following vaccination certificate with European Medicines Agency  approved vaccines shall be accepted as from the 29th  September 2021

“Saudi Arabia – Vaccine Certificate issued by sehhaty.sa – full course and 14 days after last dose “

“Malaysia – COVID-19 Digital Certificate – Vaccine Certificate to be verified through MySehatara App – full course and 14 days after last dose “

“Republic of Rwanda – COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (only on presentation of mobile phone number and respective code – full course and 14 days after last dose “


Update 23/09/2021

Government Notice issued pursuant to Article 2 of the Travel Ban (Extension to all countries) Order Subsidiary Legislation 465.26, and Article 2 of Period of Quarantine Order, 2021 Subsidiary Legislation 465.13

The Superintendent of Public Health hereby notifies that the following vaccination certificate with European Medicines Agency  approved vaccines shall be accepted as from the 23rd September 2021

Ministry of Health, Singapore Vaccination Certificate – full course and 14 days after last dose “

State of Kuwait Ministry of Health SARS-COV-2 Vaccination Certificate – full course and 14 days after last dose


Update 22/09/2021 – Travel Ban Legal Notice Update

Updated Legal Notice can be accessed by clicking here

From 23rd September 2021, people from the below countries can travel to Malta provided they are in possession of a Vaccine Certificate which is recognized by the Superintendent of Public Health. Certificates must be for EMA-Approved Vaccines.

  • Austria;
  • Cyprus;
  • Czech Republic; 
  • Denmark;
  • Estonia;
  • Finland;
  • Hungary;
  • Iceland;
  • Ireland;
  • Germany;
  • Latvia;
  • Lithuania; 
  • Luxembourg; 
  • Norway;
  • Italy;
  • France;
  • Slovakia; 
  • Switzerland; 
  • Greece; 
  • Croatia, 
  • Spain;
  • Poland;
  • Belgium;
  • Bulgaria;
  • Netherlands;
  • Canada;
  • Australia;
  • New Zealand;
  • South Korea;
  • Andorra;
  • Monaco; 
  • San Marino;
  • China;
  • Vatican City;
  • Israel;
  • Singapore;
  • Slovenia;
  • Gibraltar;
  • Japan; 
  • United States of America; 
  • Portugal;
  • Romania;
  • Lebanon;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • Turkey;
  • Jordan;
  • Liechtenstein;
  • Sweden;
  • Belarus;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Fiji;
  • Georgia;
  • Faroe Islands;
  • Kosovo;
  • North Macedonia;
  • Moldova;
  • Vietnam;
  • Egypt;
  • Libya;
  • Qatar;
  • Cuba;
  • Serbia;
  • Albania;
  • Armenia;
  • Saudi Arabia;
  • The United Kingdom;
  • Ukraine;
  • Bahrain;
  • Gabon;
  • Kuwait;
  • Maldives;
  • Bermuda;
  • Rwanda;
  • Russia;
  • Mongolia;
  • Cape Verde;
  • Namibia;
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis;
  • Myanmar;
  • Malaysia;
  • Tunisia;
  • Morocco;
  • Iraq;
  • South Africa;
  • Timor;
  • India

Update 17/09/2021

The Superintendent of Public Health hereby notifies that the following vaccination certificate with European Medicines Agency approved vaccines shall be accepted as from the 17th September 2021. 

“Canada COVID-19 Provincial Immunisation Records – full course and 14 days after last dose, as verified by Verifly app”


Update 16/09/2021 – Changes in Quarantine Protocols (Effective as of 17/09/2021, 8.00hrs)

For persons arriving from Red zones (confirmed to have been in red zone for a full 14 day period prior to travel to Malta)

Residents in possession of a valid Maltese ID or Residence Card, whose permanent residence is in Malta may apply to undergo quarantine at an alternative address provided that no other unvaccinated persons will be residing at the quarantine address during the quarantine period. Persons must submit an application at https://travelauthorisation.gov.mt/ at least ten days prior to their arrival in Malta.

This form may also be utilised by parents/guardians with a valid Maltese vaccine certifcate or residence card for their minor children to quarantine at an alternative address. Health authorities reserve the right to accept or reject such requests.

For persons arriving from Dark Red zones

Specific authorisation is required for travellers from dark red zones which are subject to an effective travel ban due to high risk in such countries. All these travellers are subject to quarantine.

Travellers coming to Malta from dark red countries who are in possession of a valid Maltese ID or Residence card and whose permanent residence is in Malta and who are in possession of a valid recognised vaccine certificate or are under 12 years of age may apply to undergo quarantine at an alternate residence provided that at the address where the returning traveller/s will be residing during the quarantine period there are no more than 4 additional persons residing (apart from the passengers arriving from dark red countries).

Furthermore, any other persons aged 12 years and over residing at the same quarantine address as travellers returning from dark red countries need to be fully vaccinated. Travellers returning from dark red countries who request to quarantine at an alternative address will be asked to submit a declaration confirming on the number of household members not returning from travel who will form part of the household during the quarantine period and their vaccination status.

In all cases, anyone remaining in the same household with a returning traveller who is required to quarantine, will be in quarantine for the same period even if they are vaccinated. This application to quarantine at an alternative address may also be submitted by parents/guardians of minor children on behalf of their minor children.

The updated Standards for quarantine of travellers entering the Maltese Islands together with an updated RED LIST of countries can be found here


-Update 7/09/2021 – Standards for safer organised controlled events

Click here for the new protocols allowing stand-up events, kindly find below the link to the official standards issued by the Ministry of Health.

Update 06/09/2021 – More COVID-19 vaccine certificates accepted by Malta

The Health and Tourism Authorities notify that as from today, 6th September 2021, Malta will officially recognize the digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate of Egypt and the Lebanon COVID-19 vaccination record card.

The vaccine certificates will be recognized by vaccines approved by the European Medicines Authority, which shall be a full course and 14 days after the last dose.

Currently, Malta is recognizing the digital vaccine certificates of the EU, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey, Qatar, Albania, Australia, and the United States of America record card.


Update 03/09/2021 – Standards for safer organised controlled events taking place in an enclosed area Updated

Click here for the updated Standards for safer organized controlled events taking place in an enclosed area. 


Update 01/09/2021: Request to quarantine at an alternative address, for Maltese residents only coming from red countries

As from the 1st September 2021 at 12:00 noon

Residents of Malta not in possession of a valid, recognized vaccination certificate, traveling to Malta from a red country/zone and would like to request approval to quarantine at an alternative address other than the official quarantine hotel, in line with the Standards for Quarantine for Travellers, have to send their requests for an alternative quarantine location via the new online form available on http://travelauthorisation.gov.mt.


Update 01/09/2021: Exceptional Travel Authorisations from dark red countries

From the 1st September 2021 at 12.00hrs noon, instead of sending an email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt for Travel Authorisation Requests, you will need to complete the online form if you are: 

  • Requesting authorization to travel to Malta in exceptional circumstances only from dark red countries/zones where the current travel ban applies.
  • Note that 14 days quarantine at the quarantine hotel at a fee is mandatory for all authorized travelers to Malta from dark red countries/zones, irrespective of vaccination status and residency. 

Update 01/09/2021: Exceptional Travel Authorizations – Dark Red Countries only:

With effect from 1st September 2021 at 12.00hrs noon: 

-Update 17/08/2021 – Standards for safer organised controlled events taking place in an enclosed area Updated

Click here for the updated Standards for safer organized controlled events taking place in an enclosed area. 


-Update 16/08/2021 – Digital Passenger Locator Forms

All passengers entering Malta are required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form.

From today, 16th August 2021, passengers will only be allowed to submit their dPLF online at the EU-dPLF Platform: https://app.euplf.eu/

On arrival you can present your submitted dPLF with QR-Code, either in a printed format or in digital format on your smartphone, tablet or other devices.


-Update 13.08.2021 – New Vaccine Certificates Accepted

The Superintendent of Public Health hereby notifies that the following vaccination certificate with European Medicines Agency approved vaccines* shall be accepted as from the 13th August 2021

“Australia COVID-19 Digital Certificate – full course and 14 days after last dose as verified through Medicare Express Plus App”

*EMA-Approved Vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson


-Update 05/08/2021 – Standards for safer organised controlled events taking place in an enclosed area

Click here to view the most recent information about ‘Standards for safer organized controlled events taking place in an enclosed area‘. 


-Update 05/08/2021 – Travel Advice

The Superintendent of Public Health hereby notifies that the following vaccination certificates with European Medicines Agency  approved vaccines* shall be accepted: 

As from the 5th August   2021

  • ‘COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate’, issued by the Ministry of Public Health, Doha, Qatar
  • ‘Albanian Digital COVID Certificate’ / Certifikate dixhitale shqiptare COVID (For Full Course of the Vaccines, and issued 14 days after the last dose.)
  • *Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna

-Update 05/08/2021 – Travel Advice – ELT Schools

Click here for the most recent updates regarding ELT Schools. 

-Update 29/07/2021 – England to allow fully-vaccinated arrivals from US and EU to enter without quarantine

The English government has announced that fully-vaccinated arrivals from the United States and all European Union member states except France will be allowed to enter the country without having to quarantine as from August 2.

Passengers who are completely vaccinated with a jab approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency will be able to arrive from any country on the British government’s amber list but will still have to present a test before departure and have another test taken two days after arrival.


-Update 29/07/2021 – Malta is stricken off the Abu Dhabi Green List

Malta is stricken off the Abu Dhabi Green List with effect from 31st July 2021, 2pm.

  • For those who are vaccinated, a PCR test on arrival, a 7-day quarantine and another PCR test on day 6.
  • For those not vaccinated, a 12-day quarantine and another PCR test on day 11.  

-Update 28/07/2021 – Update Regarding US VeriFLY App

The information provided below highlights the regulations that are in place as on 24/07/2021.

Kindly follow https://www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19 and other links provided here, for the latest updates issued by our Health Authorities.

Travel to Malta is only permitted to residents of countries included in Legal Notice 300/2021, article 3 (refer to https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2021/300/eng for the full list of countries) if one can present one of the Vaccination Certificates mentioned below. This applies to anyone aged 12 and older.

  • Maltese Vaccination Certificate
  • EU Digital COVID vaccination certificate, issued by EU, EEA and non-EU countries connected to the EUDCC gateway
  • United States CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card (EMA approved vaccines only) – 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)
  • UAE Vaccine Certificate issue by the Dubai Health Authorities with readable QR Code (EMA approved vaccines only)
  • Turkish Health Certificate (EMA approved vaccines only)
  • United Kingdom Vaccination Certificates –
    • England: NHS Covid Pass (Digital App or NHS Letter)
    • Wales: NHS Covid Pass Letter
    • Scotland: NHS Letter demonstrating Covid-19 vaccination status
    • Northern Ireland: Interim proof of vaccination document which is valid until 11:59 pm on 31st July 2021

•   Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey Vaccination Certificate (EMA-approved vaccines only)

•   Serbian Digital Green Certificate with a readable QR Code (EMA-approved vaccines only)

IMPORTANT:  The Vaccination Certificate is only valid if …

  1. It is issued with regards to a vaccine which is European Medicines Agency (EMA) recognised and approved by Malta’s Superintendent of Public Health, being Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson&Johnson. *

*note – Vaccination Certificates showing mixed use of EMA approved vaccines are also accepted.

  1. It covers the full course of vaccination, with the second dose of the vaccine (one dose in the case Johnson&Johnson) must have been administered at least 14 days before the arrival in Malta.

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

  • Certificates of recovery from COVID-19
  • Vaccine certificates for only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, also for people who recovered from COVID-19
  • Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose

Children aged between 5 – 11 can travel if they accompany their fully vaccinated parents or legal guardians, provided they present a negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test (taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Malta). 

Children below the age of 5 years are exempt from any travel requirements. 

Unaccompanied minors (under the age of 16) cannot travel to Malta.

Pregnant women will be allowed entry into Malta by providing an original Doctor’s certificate stating that the person is pregnant. 

Individuals who cannot take the vaccine for medical reasons, need to request an approval from the Health Authorities by sending an email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt .

All passengers must also complete the Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form ​(available here: https://bit.ly/3rLR97K) or the Digital Passenger Locator Form (available here: https://app.euplf.eu/#/). The forms should be completed and presented prior boarding and upon arrival in Malta to health officials.

If upon arrival in Malta, any passenger (aged 5 and over) that does not have a valid certificate, a mandatory 14-day quarantine in an accommodation provided by the Health Authorities against a fee of €100 per night (includes breakfast only), will come into force.  This also applies to passengers arriving from countries not listed in Legal Notice 300/2021.

Quarantined individuals will be allowed to leave Malta before the 14-day period has elapsed by showing a return ticket, provided that one does not develop any symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19.

Maltese passport holders, residents of Malta and any other persons who have an important reason to visit Malta, but do not have an approved Vaccination Certificate, require consent from the Maltese Public Health Authorities to be able to enter Malta. This authorisation can be requested by sending an email to covid19.vetting@gov.mt and writing the following text in the subject line: ‘’CONSIDER [Name of Country/State of Departure]’’.  If the Health Authorities grant the approval, one is to adhere to the directions given.

Should you have questions regarding quarantine, please contact the Health Authorities via the information provided on https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/quarantine.aspx  or emailquarantine.covid19@gov.mt

You may wish to keep updated through the following websites: 


-Update 26/07/2021 – English language Teaching Schools Legal Notice Amendment


-Update 21/07/2021 – Travel Advice Update

As from 21st July 2021, Malta’s Health Authorities are also accepting the following certificates (for EMA-approved Vaccines)

  • Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code – full course and 14 days after last dose
  • Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey vaccination certificate with full course and 14 days after last dose

-Update 17/07/2021 – US Travel Advice Update

The Health and Tourism Authorities are proceeding with technical arrangements for the verification of the United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. 
 
As from Monday 19th July 2021, Malta will recognise the United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine (full course and 14 days post last dose) as a valid vaccination certificate.
 
As from 1st August 2021, the United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card will need to be verified through a specific app to be acceptable as a valid vaccination certificate.
 
Details on this verification app will be issued in the coming days.


-Update 16/07/2021 – UK Travel Advice Update

Malta is accepting all AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine batch releases approved by the UK MHRA.


-Update 15/07/2021 – Standards for Quarantine of Unvaccinated Travellers entering Malta Published

To download the standards for quarantine of unvaccinated travellers entering the Maltese Islands, click here


-Update 14/07/2021 – UK Travel Advice Update – Approved Vaccines

Only certificates showing that the vaccine used is one approved by the European Medicines Agency will be accepted including:

  • Comirnaty™ (the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine);
  • Spikevax (the Moderna vaccine);
  • Vaxzevria (the AstraZeneca vaccine); and
  • the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 

These are the vaccines used in the UK programme.


-Update 13/07/2021 – Legal Notices Published

L.N. 299 of 2021 – Closure of English Language Teaching Schools Order – View Document

L.N. 300 of 2021 – Period of Quarantine – View Document

L.N. 301 of 2021 – Travel Ban – View Document


-Update 09/07/2021 – Malta Updates its Travel Advice

With effect from the 14th July, and following a recent increase in imported cases, Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, together with the Superintendent of Public Health announced that, English Language Learning Schools are to close their doors once again, until further notice.

Moreover, as to what regards incoming air and sea travel, it has been announced that as from the 14th July also, tourists, aged 12 and older, can only travel to Malta if they have a vaccination certificate, for two doses, and issued after 14 days from the date of the second dose (or single dose in case of Johnson & Johnson) which is recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, namely:

  • Maltese Vaccination Certificate
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate*
  • NHS COVID Pass Letter/NHS App (UK)

Children from 5 years of age to 11 years of age, can travel, by presenting a negative PCR test, which has to be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta, and given that they are accompanied by their parents or legal guardians, who in turn have to present the recognised vaccine certificate.

Children under 5 years of age do not need a PCR test to travel with their fully vaccinated parents or legal guardians.

Unaccompanied minors cannot travel to Malta.

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19;
  • Vaccine certificates for only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, also for people who recovered from COVID-19;
  • Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose.

*Switzerland has joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework, and therefore, the Swiss Certificate is also being accepted by the Maltese Authorities


-Update 09/07/2021: EUDCC Compatibility for Switzerland

Switzerland has joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework, and therefore, the Swiss Certificate is also being accepted by the Maltese Authorities. 


-Update 05/07/2021 – Travel Advice Update (EU Countries)

As of 1st July, Malta has started accepted the European Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC). 

Kindly note that, holders of EUDCC can enter Malta without being subject to further restrictions (testing or quarantine), at the condition that their certificate contains either:

  • Proof of vaccination;
    Accepted vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson
    • the proof of vaccination is valid from 14 days after the second dose, or from 14 days after the single dose for the Johnson&Johnson vaccine;
  • A negative result to a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival if travelling to Malta from a country on Malta’s Amber list

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19;
  • Certificates of tests other than a PCR;
  • Vaccine certificates for non-EMA approved vaccines;
  • Vaccine certificates for mixed vaccines;
  • Vaccine certificates for only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, also for people who recovered from COVID-19;
  • Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose.

-Update 05/07/2021 – European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF)

As of the 1st July 2021, Malta has started accepting the European Digital COVID Certificate to make travelling within the European Union easier. Please note that when travelling, each passenger must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form which can either be paper-based or else, in digital format. Please Note that a paper form of the Passenger Locator Form will still be available for a transition period, after which only the digital PLF will be accepted.

Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs) are used by public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case travellers are exposed to infectious disease during their travel by plane, ship (cruise/ferry), rail, bus or automobile. Information that travellers provide in PLFs can be used by public health authorities in destination countries to rapidly contact travellers, with the goal of protecting the health of travellers’ and their contacts, as well as preventing further disease spread.

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.    

Countries that require completion of PLF are currently using paper-based passenger locator forms or have developed national online systems. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a web application for a European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) was developed to facilitate the use of PLFs during cross-border health threats. This digital format will allow for easier and more rapid data collection and exchange between stakeholders, making contact tracing more effective and efficient.

The European Digital Passenger Locator Form can be found, and filled in, by clicking this link.

Safe Travels! 

-Update 01/07/2021 – Malta will be accepting the digital app version of the UK NHS vaccine certificate

As from today, 1st July 2021, Malta will be accepting the digital app version of the UK NHS vaccine certificate, as well as the paper version of the certificate. This update came following the creation of a verifier app, created by the Maltese Authorities, which allows airlines and health officials to verify the authenticity of the UK digital certificate presented by tourists before entering Malta.

People coming from the United Kingdom will only be allowed to enter Malta upon the presentation of a vaccine certificate recognized by the Superintendent for Public Health.


-Update 29/06/2021 – UK Nationals Travelling to Malta Advice

From 30 June 2021, the Maltese authorities have announced that they will require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination. Only the paper version of the NHS Covid letter will be accepted as proof of double vaccination to enter Malta. See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status’No digital form of the vaccination certificate, not even the downloaded PDF version from the App (including the QR codes generated by the App) will be accepted. Only the barcode on the letter received by post will be accepted. The letter can be requested by calling 119 or on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter

As of 1 July 2021 the EU digital Covid Certificates will also be accepted.

Children aged 5-11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents/legal guardian and must show evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, dated within 72 hours before arrival. Children under 5 do not need a test. Children aged 12-18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination.

If you have a Maltese issued certificate of vaccination you are exempt from pre-travel testing and self-isolation.

Maltese residents or citizens not in possession of a vaccine certificate must obtain prior authorisation from covid19.vetting@gov.mt. You will be required to provide evidence of a PCR test dated within 72 hours before arrival and quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Everyone must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form. You must show both forms to airline officials on departure and health officials stationed at the Terminal Temperature Screening Points when you arrive in Malta. The forms should be completed before departure.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

If you live in England or Wales, Malta will accept your NHS COVID Pass letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland, Malta will accept your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

For further information about travel advice, visit the UK Government Website


-Update 28/06/2021: The latest legal notices regarding measures in place have been published

L.N. 271/2021 – Travel Ban (Extension to All Countries) – View Legal Notice

L.N. 272/2021 – Regulations on Sport Activities – View Legal Notice 

L.N. 273/2021 – Organised Mass Events – View Legal Notice 

L.N. 274/2021 – Period of Quarantine – View Legal Notice

L.N. 275 /2021 – Mandatory Use of Medical or Cloth Masks – View Legal Notice

L.N. 276/2021 – Closure of Food and Drink Outlets – View Legal Notice 


Update 25/06/2021 – Restaurants and bars can stay open until 2 am as from June 28

From Monday 28 June, restaurants, bars, clubs, and snack bars will be allowed to continue operating until 2 am, when permitted by the establishment’s license. Establishments whose license requires them to close before 2 am must close at the time set out in the same license. 

  • Also from June 28, sea transport will be allowed to operate with 65% of the number of passengers who are licensed to pick up. This while waterparks will be allowed to operate again. 
  • Contact sports of children under 17 will be allowed again and thus contact sports of all ages can continue. The same goes for fitness classes, which from Monday will be allowed to resume. 
  • Also from Monday, the visiting hours of the main halls in Mater Dei will be increased. Visitors will be allowed to visit patients from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
  • From Wednesday 1 July, anyone who has taken all doses of the vaccine and 14 days have passed since the last dose and is in possession of the vaccine certificate, will be able to stay ‘without a mask in open public places in groups of 2.
  • Children under the age of 12 may remain without a mask as long as they are accompanied by a person who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • All protocols governing the measures to be released can be found here

-Update 14/06/2021 – Revised List of Countries

From June 17

With effect from Thursday, 17th June 2021, passengers arriving from countries on the ‘Amber List‘ below are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate before boarding flights to Malta. This swab test would need to have been carried out up to 72 hours (maximum) prior to arrival in Malta. If a negative PCR test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a 14-day quarantine period is mandatory on arrival.

From July 1

From the 1st July 2021, EU Citizens need to present a Vaccine Certificate before boarding. The certificate needs to be issued with regards to a vaccine, which is recognised and approved by Malta’s Superintendent of Public Health (currently only the Maltese Vaccination Certificate). The approved vaccines include Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Citizens from any other country need to present a negative PCR Swab Test which needs to be taken at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta.

If upon arrival in Malta, any passenger (aged 5 and older) is not in possession of a negative nasopharyngeal PCR result, a valid Maltese vaccination certificate in case of Maltese nationals and those holding a Maltese residency permit or an official vaccination certificate recognized and approved by the Superintendent of Public Health, the passenger will be subject to a mandatory PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021.

Countries on the Amber List:

  • Andorra 
  • Australia
  • Austria 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Canada 
  • China, including the territories of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark
  • Estonia 
  • Finland
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Israel
  • Italy 
  • Japan 
  • Jordan 
  • Latvia 
  • Lebanon 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Monaco 
  • Netherlands 
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland  
  • Portugal 
  • Romania 
  • San Marino 
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • South Korea
  • Spain 
  • Sweden 
  • Switzerland 
  • Thailand 
  • Turkey 
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom 
  • Vatican City 
  • United States of America but only limited to the following states: Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, Arizona, West Virginia, Colorado, North Dakota, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Maine, South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Delaware, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, New Jersey, Minnesota, Connecticut, Alaska, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Vermont, California.

Legal Notice 255 of 2021


Update 11/06/2021 – Social, cultural events with seated and limited audiences to start from July 5

Seated mass events will resume on July 5 for those who are fully vaccinated, with entry only allowed to those possessing a vaccine certificate. 

Events will have their capacity capped at 100 people at first, going up gradually to 200 over the course of 4 weeks. Events can be held both indoors and outdoors but must be held in enclosed areas that allow organisers to control people’s entry and exit. 


Update 04/06/2021 – COVID-19 Measures Announced

From June 6

Band Clubs and Culture Clubs

  • Can open till midnight offering table service only, and with 4 people per table

From June 7

  • Band Clubs and Culture Clubs will be able to host a maximum of 6 people per table. Alcohol can only be served through table service, if food is ordered. 
  • Theatres and Cinemas can reopen again following their respective protocols to ensure maximum safety always.
  • Gaming and Betting Establishments will also be reopening their doors.
  • Restaurants and Snack Bars will be able to host a maximum of 6 people per table.
  • Number of Persons in Public – Groups of 6 people will be permitted in public.

For more information, please refer to the below legal notices: 


Update 31/05/2021 – Malta Updates its Travel Advice

Air and sea travel between Malta and specific corridor countries resumed in 2020. These are the current travel requirements, which are continuously reviewed and updated.

A travel ban to and from all red zone countries still applies.

Maltese citizens or registered residents currently in these countries and persons who have been granted exceptional approval to travel to or from a red zone by the Superintendent of Public Health, 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; testing on arrival; in addition, 14 days of mandatory quarantine is required and a repeat PCR test must be taken on day 11-12 of quarantine. The quarantine address and the test results are to be forwarded to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt.

Current travel requirements applicable to all passengers (aged 5 and over)

Any person who travels to Malta, whether by air or by sea, shall prior to boarding and upon arrival provide a completed passenger locator form (PLF) together with a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken not earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Malta. PCR tests taken to travel to Malta must include both the date and time of when the test was carried out. 

As of 1st June 2021, a valid Maltese vaccination certificate with clearly visible QR codes can be presented instead of a negative PCR result. Failure to present either, together with a PLF, will result in denied boarding. If upon arrival, any passenger (aged 5 and above) is not in possession of any of the above, the passenger will be subject to a Mandatory PCR test and/or Mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021.


Update 29/05/2021: Travel to Malta Advice

  1. Commercial tourism travel to Malta is only permitted from Amber list countries with a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours before arrival in Malta
  2. A completed Passenger Locator Form(PLF) and a negative PCR test need to be presented to carrier (by air or by sea) offering travel to Malta. Failure of this shall result in denied boarding.
  3. A vaccination certificate will only be accepted when; (a.) EU’s digital Covid passport is in place and functioning and (b.) Bilateral agreements to accept reciprocal vaccination certification between Malta and other country are signed
  4. As yet EU Digital Covid Passport and bilateral agreements are not in force
  5. Commercial tourism travel from countries on Malta’s Red list is not permitted
  6. No countries are currently on Malta’s Green list
  7. As from 1st June 2021, fully vaccinated Maltese nationals or Malta residency permit holders may present Maltese vaccination certificate instead of negative PCR test when returning to Malta.
  8. If upon arrival in Malta, any passenger (aged 5 and older) is not in possession of negative PCR result, or a valid Maltese vaccination certificate in case of Maltese nationals and those holding a Maltese residency permit, the passenger will be subject to a mandatory PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021 

Click here to view the legal notice. 


Update 24/05/2021: Herd Immunity Reached in Malta! – First country in the European Union 

After Malta was the first country in the European Union to start vaccinating people over 16 years of age, two weeks ago, today, much earlier than initially projected, Malta has reached herd immunity, with 70% of the adult population now vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and with 42% of the population now fully vaccinated.

Malta’s National Vaccination Programme, has led to a sharp decrease in new COVID-19 cases registered daily, with the number of daily deaths also coming to a halt for the last 17 days, and subsequently also registering daily decrease in COVID-19 Active Cases. 


Update 06/05/2021: New timeline to Ease Covid-19 Restriction Measures Announced

The new timeline includes:

From May 17

  • Senior Citizens residing at Homes for the Elderly, will be allowed more visitors, for longer periods;

From May 24

  • Restaurants and snackbars allowed to open until midnight;
  • Pools can reopen until 8pm for swimming only;
  • Gyms can reopen but no classes allowed;
  • Day centres will reopen;
  • Contact sports training will resume for those aged over 17;
  • Competitions of non-contact sports will resume, without spectators; 

From June 1

  • Tourism Restarts;
  • English Language Schools can reopen again for physical lessons;
  • The use of masks on beaches and at pools, though still recommended, will not be enforced by law;
  • Seated weddings can be held (adhering to local protocols); 

From June 7

  • Restaurants can allow six people per table (up from four);
  • Groups of up to six people will be allowed in public (up from four); 
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen;
  • Bars and kazini can open again, following Restaurant Protocols;
  • Competitions of Contact sports and Team Sports will resume for those aged over 17, without spectators; 
  • Gaming and Betting Establishments will reopen; 

From June 28

  • Contact sports for persons aged under 17 years will resume
  • Summer schools will reopen. 

Update 27/04/2021: UK on the Amber List

Public Health Authorities notifies that, after a review of the epidemiological studies in the United Kingdom, it was decided that the region will no longer be considered in the red zone for travelling, but will be lifted to the amber zone.
Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the amber list is required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test performed no more than seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Malta. 
Travellers arriving in Malta from any of these countries who fail to produce such a test will be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

This notice will start with immediate effect from today, 27th April 2021.


Update 24/04/2021

As of Monday, April 26: 

  • Groups of up to four people will be allowed in public
  • Four households will be able to gather in a private residential property
  • Reopening of museums
  • Non-essential shops and services will reopen

More information regarding the Legal Notices (Legal Notices 182-185) can be found at https://legislation.mt/LegalNotices


Update 07/04/2021: Timeline for exit from partial-lockdown announced

Monday, April 12: 

  • Childcare centres and kindergartens reopen
  • Primary schools reopen
  • Elective surgeries resume at Mater Dei Hospital
  • Visits to homes for the elderly resume

Wednesday, April 14: 

  • Middle schools reopen

Friday, April 16: 

  • Secondary schools reopen

Sunday, April 18:

  • Masses resume

Monday, April 26: 

  • Non-essential shops reopen
  • Non-essential services reopen
  • Groups of up to four people allowed in public

Tuesday, June 1:

  • Tourism reopens

Update 28/03/2021 – New Measures Announced

Travel Restrictions

The Health Ministry announced that, from Monday 29th March 2021, a revision will be made in the list of countries in the amber zone so that all countries currently in the green zone are added to this list.

Every traveller arriving in Malta will be requested to present their negative PCR COVID-19 test, carried out not more than 72 hours before their arrival in Malta. Persons who fail to produce this test may be submitted to testing in Malta and also subjected to a quarantine.

Travel from countries on the red list remains banned, except for repatriation travel.

Public Gatherings Limited to Two Persons 

From Wednesday 31st March, the maximum number of persons who may gather in public places will be reduced from four to two. The measure does not apply to persons who live in the same household. 

This means that in public places, groups of over two persons are banned, including in queues and on bus stops, unless a social distance of two metres between them is observed.

Persons who breach this measure will be subjected to a €300 fine for each person.

The measures, which will apply until Sunday 11th April 2021, are being enforced on the suggestion of the Public Health Superintendent in order to counter the spread of Covid-19 over the Easter Holidays. 


Update 10/03/2021 – New Measures Announced

Legal Notice 84 of 2021

  • Various Laws relating to Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) (Amendment) Regulations – View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 85 of 2021

  • Asylum Procedures (Means of Facilitating Identification of Applicant) (Repeal) Regulations – View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 86 of 2021

Legal Notice 87 of 2021

Legal Notice 88 of 2021

Legal Notice 89 of 2021

Legal Notice 90 of 2021

  • Closure of Non-Essential Retail Outlets and Outlets Providing Non-essential Services Order – View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 91 of 2021

  • Enforcement of the Order relating to the Closure of Non-Essential Retail Outlets and Outlets Providing Non-Essential Services Regulations – View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 92 of 2021

  • Closure of Food and Drink Outlets (Amendment No. 2) Regulations – View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 93 of 2021

Legal Notice 94 of 2021

  • Enforcement of the Order relating to Closure of Places Open to the Public Regulations – View Legal Notice

Overview

In addition to the existing measures published on Friday 5th March 2021, new measures are now being introduced which will come into effect from tomorrow 11th March till 11th April 2021. The measures are as follows:

  • All organised sports activities have been suspended;
  • All restaurants and ancillary services in hotels will close and only room service will be provided;
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as; clothes, jewellery, furniture,  souvenirs, toyshops, florists, haberdashery, and perfumeries have been closed;
  • Those establishments offering services including; hairdressers, barbers, beauty shops, nail technicians and tattooists have been closed;
  • Establishments such as gyms, pools, cinemas, theatres and museums have been closed.
  • Crossings to Gozo will be limited to essential travel;
  • The maximum number of people who can gather in public has been reduced from six to four, and;
  • Weddings and religious activities have been suspended, but funerals can still take place according to established safety protocols.

Update 07/03/2021 – New Measures Announced

Legal Notice 73 of 2021

Legal Notice 74 of 2021

Legal Notice 75 of 2021

Legal Notice 76 of 2021

Legal Notice 77 of 2021

Legal Notice 78 of 2021

Legal Notice 79 of 2021 – Published 07/03/2021

Overview

  • Restaurants, kiosks and snack bars can only offer take-away service
  • Guesthouses will remain open for their residents, whilst nightclubs, bars and clubs will remain closed
  • Events for the masses will remain prohibited, except for weddings and religious activities
  • Wage supplement extended to June
  • Contact sport for children younger than 16 has been banned
  • Planned events in private houses will be limited to a maximum of four households
  • Fines for persons caught in breach of the law
  • Measures will apply until April 11

Update 25/02/2021 – Organised Public Mass Events 


Update 11/02/2021 – Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

With effect from midnight on Saturday 13th February, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.
 

Revised List of Countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardinia)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon 
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except Canarias)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

Update 09/02/2021 – Licensed Accommodation Regulations


Update 21/12/2020 – Flights to and from the UK suspended as from Tuesday 22nd December

As from Tuesday 22nd December 2020, all flights to and from the United Kingdom are being suspended. This measure is being introduced in the wake of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus detected amongst patients in the UK.

Notwithstanding this suspension, Maltese citizens and persons who reside in Malta and who are currently in the United Kingdom will be allowed to return to Malta. However these will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival and will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The local health authorities stated that this restriction is a temporary one as they are following closely developments in the United Kingdom whilst taking part in discussions with the European Union regarding the situation with the aim of establishing a common position and direction going forward


Update 11/12/2020 – Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

With effect from midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.
 

Revised List of Countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France (all regions except Ile-de-France)
  • Germany (all airports except Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (all airport except Attiki)
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except Canarias)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

Guidelines for MICE Events & Gatherings

Conventions Malta has issued its safety Guidelines for MICE Events in the Maltese Islands.
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