Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy in Malta (July 9, 2021)
Event: Announcement of new restrictions from the Maltese government in response to rising numbers of COVID cases
On July 9, the Minister for Health publicly announced Malta will require all travelers to present Maltese recognized proof of COVID-19 vaccination beginning July 14. The Government of Malta currently only recognizes the Maltese vaccine certificates, UK-issued NHS COVID passes, and the EU COVID Pass. The Government of Malta does not currently recognize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card. Beginning July 14, U.S. citizens will not be permitted to enter Malta unless they have one of the before-mentioned Maltese recognized COVID-19 vaccination certificates, regardless of their point of origin.
The Maltese Ministry of Health website has not yet been updated to reflect these new restrictions. The Embassy is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates or clarifications as they become available.
Commercial flights remain available for U.S. citizens in Malta who want to return to the United States. On January 12, 2021, the CDC announced an order requiring all air passengers (including U.S. citizens) arriving to the United States from a foreign country to undergo COVID-19 testing no more than three days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. .
The Department of State has issued a Level 1: Travel Advisory for Malta advising travelers exercise normal precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 (COVID-19 Low) Travel Recommendation for Malta.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit the S. Embassy Malta webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Malta.
- Visit the Maltese Ministry of Health Travel to Malta webpage for information on traveling to Malta.
U.S. Embassy Valletta, Malta
Ta’Qali National Park
Attard, ATD 4000
Phone number (business hours) +356 2561 4000
Phone number (after hours) +356 2561 4000
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Malta Country Information
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