Travel and Covid-19
Updated: Sep 22, 2021
The requirements and regulations regarding travel to and from Malta are dynamic and changing frequently. We do our best to keep up to date with all the changes so as to be able to inform our clients and thought it would be useful if we maintain a blog in which we will upload information regarding this topic when we come across it.
DISCLAIMER: The information given below is purely informative and will by no means be exhaustive. We will not be held responsible for any omissions or discrepancies and travellers must always ensure that any information related to their travel plans is confirmed by the appropriate authorities.
The latest information will be listed on top.
22nd September 2021: Good news!
The following countries have been moved from our Dark Red to Red list:
Bahrain, Gabon, Kuwait, Maldives, Bermuda, Rwanda, Russia, Mongolia, Cape Verde, Namibia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Myanmar, Malaysia, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, South Africa, Timor and India.
This means that travellers arriving from any 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.
Changes have been updated on the link below:
21st September 2021: US travel restrictions: Vaccinated travellers from UK and EU allowed to enter from November:
'Non-US citizens will finally be allowed into the country from November onwards. They will, however, have to prove they are fully vaccinated and show a negative COVID test result.
White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the new rules yesterday. He said that authorities will require all foreign travellers to show proof of being fully vaccinated and a negative COVD test taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival.
It was not immediately clear which vaccines would be accepted. Zients said that decision would be up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine.
The CDC will also require airlines to collect contact information from travellers to facilitate contact tracing.
The US's new travel restrictions will take effect in "early November" to give the travel industry time to prepare.'
15th August 2021: For the current travel requirements to Malta applicable to all passengers from red and dark red listed countries/zones please see the following link:
14th July 2021: Confusion!!!
13th July 2021: All passengers travelling to Malta must complete Public Health Declaration and Passenger Locator Forms. For more detailed information please click the link below:
27th June 2021: The Maltese vaccination certificate will be accepted to enter Sicily. Therefore you will no longer require a rapid test prior arrival in Sicily.
24th June 2021: Portugal has raised the age of exemption from testing requirements from 2 to 12 years:
source: Air Malta
22nd June 2021: On the 10th June Malta International Airport was certified with the highest 5-star COVID-19 safety rating by the international air transport rating agency Skytrax. For the full report click the link below:
17th June 2021: Thailand will begin welcoming vaccinated international travellers to Phuket starting 1st July 2021 without quarantine requirements. Travel plans must be organised through a Safety and Health Administration+ (SHA+) approved provider based in Thailand. More information regarding detailed requirements is expected to be announced by the government next week. The Prime Minister of Thailand has also set a goal to be able to declare Thailand fully open within 120 days from today and for tourism centres that are ready, to do so even faster.
Distant Horizons is pleased to advise that the company with which they collaborate in Thailand are on the list of SHA+ approved providers.
16th June 2021: TRAVEL TO MALTA ON THE BASIS OF A VALID OFFICIAL MALTESE VACCINATION CERTIFICATE
From 17th June 2021, persons in possession of a valid official Maltese Vaccination Certificate (currently only the official Maltese Vaccine Certificate is recognised in Malta as a valid vaccination certificate) can travel to Malta from the following countries without the need for a nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test or quarantine obligations. Children under 12 years of age may accompany their vaccinated parent/s only in this regard, on condition that a negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test is presented, which test is taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. Children under 5 years do not need to do a test if they accompany their vaccinated parents.
Please note the list only applies to individuals coming into Malta. To go to these countries travellers will still have to check the requirements for entry into each country (some still have closed borders, quarantine upon arrival. etc.)
This list currently includes:
· Andorra · Australia · Austria · Belgium · Bulgaria · Canada · China · 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 · United States of America but only limited to the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin · Vatican City
TRAVEL TO AND FROM MALTA ON THE BASIS OF A VALID OFFICIAL MALTESE VACCINATION CERTIFICATE
For the list of applicable countries please refer to the Government Gazette 14th June page 3
Please remember that a travel ban to and from countries other than the above amber listed countries still applies. Thus commercial tourism travel from countries not on Malta's amber list is not permitted. In this regard and until the said travel ban remains in place Maltese nationals are advised against all travel to and from countries not on the above amber list.
14th June 2021: the Presidents of the three EU institutions - the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission - attended the official signing ceremony for the Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, marking the end of the legislative process and ushering in safe and coordinated travel across the bloc this summer. Below is a document answering a number of FAQs related to the certificate.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate will be accessible for everyone and it will:
cover COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery;
be free of charge and available in all EU languages;
be available in a digital and paper-based format;
be secure and include a digitally signed QR code
The regulation will come into effect on the 1st July 2021 and will apply for 12 months.
9th June 2021: European Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate. See press release below (source: News European Parliament)
8th June 2021: Attached below are the latest updates to enter Greece (source: Aegean Airlines)
8th June 2021: Travelling to Belgium: since Malta is in the Green Zone, only the e-PLF (Electronic Passenger Locator Form) is required for passengers travelling from Malta into Belgium (source: Malta Sales - Air Malta)
7th June 2021: Spain opens its borders to vaccinated travellers from all over the world. Non-vaccinated Europeans who can currently enter Spain with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours will from the 7th June be able to take the less expensive antigen test instead (source: TOM 07 06 21)
3rd June 2021: Maltese ID card holders can obtain their Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate 14 days after getting fully vaccinated. You can either generate a new certificate or reprint it. Follow the link below:
2nd June 2021: Air Malta has advised that Malta has just been added to the Czech Republic’s Green List. This means that for arrivals from Malta into the Czech Republic, travel restrictions have been lifted, where -No PLF (Passenger Locator Form) is required; -No pre-departure or upon arrival test is required; -No quarantine applies Detailed information can be found here:
https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239932&doctype=ART 1st June 2021: Turkish Airlines announce that passengers travelling from Malta to Turkey are able to travel without a PCR test as long as they provide a Vaccine Certificate issued by Malta’s official authorities. Please see full details in the attachment below:
1st June 2021: L.N. 229 of 2021, Public Health Act (Cap. 465): Conditions to be imposed on persons travelling to and from Malta This law came into effect from the 1st June and it is important to note that for the time being only persons with a Maltese vaccination certificate can exempt themselves of the requirement to get a negative PCR test for entry into Malta. Other vaccination certificates issued by other countries are not valid until the EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is implemented or bilateral agreements are signed with non-EU countries. Age exemptions apply and other documentation is required for entry into Malta. It is very important that you read the full text: https://legislation.mt/eli/ln/2021/229/eng