March 27, 2020
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Global Health Advisory– Level 4: DO NOT TRAVEL
- As of March 19, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Read more here.
- The Maltese Ministry of Health announced confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malta. Please see their website here for details.
- Flights to U.S.: Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning to the United States from all restricted countries, including Malta, will now be required to travel through the 13 airports. Please see the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website here for more information.
- American Citizen Services: As of March 27, 2020, U.S. Embassy Malta has suspended non-emergency U.S. citizen and visa services. U.S. citizens in Malta who require assistance should email the Embassy at ConsularMalta@state.gov. If you need immediate assistance related to an emergency, such as death, hospitalizing, or if you have been a victim of serious crime, you can call the Embassy at +356 2561 4000.
- Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants: Please see the U.S. Embassy Malta Visas webpage here.
- The government of Malta has implemented measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. All bars (excluding take-away), restaurants (excluding deliveries), gymnasiums, clubs, cinemas, tombla halls, schools, childcare centers, universities, and all non-essential shops remain closed until further notice. Shops selling food or medicine, pet shops, banks, post offices and transport services will continue to operate as usual.
- Beginning March 28, all persons age 65 or older, pregnant women, those who are insulin dependent, on biological medication, have received chemotherapy in the past six months, have had a transplant or HIV treatment, are on dialysis, have been treated for respiratory disease in the past year, have had cardiac problems in the past six months, and those who take oral steroids are ordered to stay home except to attend medical appointments. Person living with those age 65 or older will need to find alternative accommodation or put themselves in isolation as well.
- Public gatherings of five or more people are banned, and people must leave a distance of at least two meters space between each other.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 17 Maltese Aviation Authorities stated the Malta airport will suspend all inbound flights as of Friday 20th March 11:59 pm. Air Malta also announced it will be suspending its passenger flights departing after 11:59 pm on Friday 20th March, until further notice. The ban does not apply to ferry flights, cargo flights, humanitarian flights and repatriation flights. Maltese authorities may also, in special cases, exempt individual flights.
- Malta airport suspended all inbound flights as of 11:59 p.m. on March 20. Air Malta suspended all commercial flights departing after 11:59 pm on March 20, until further notice, except for a limited number of “lifeline flights” as detailed below.
- On March 23, Air Malta began a “lifeline schedule” to facilitate outbound travel for stranded individuals to return to their country of origin. The “lifeline schedule” will operate from Malta to London, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. The schedule can be changed subject to demand. Selected flights from the outbound only schedule will be available for individuals to book online on www.airmalta.com or through a travel agent.
- U.S. citizens in Malta who want to return to the United States should make arrangements to depart the country through the Air Malta “lifeline schedule.” Interested individuals will also need to book a same-day commercial connecting flight from the transit point to the United States. If you plan to utilize Air Malta’s “lifeline schedule,” please email your complete travel itinerary, full name, and date of birth to ConsularMalta@state.gov.
- Americans returning to the United States from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through 13 airports. Please visit the Department of Homeland Security website here for more information.
- Persons entering Malta from any other country from 13:00CET on 13 March 2020 onwards must spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine, the14 days start from the last day that they were in any of these countries.
- Persons living in the same households as any of the above persons must also spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine.
- The mandatory quarantine will be enforced through regular police spot-checks. Those who fail to observe the order are subject to a €3,000 fine for each instance the order is breached.
- Persons who test positive for COVID-19 and are ordered to self-quarantine will be fined a €10,000 fine for each instance the order is breached.
- If you are in quarantine and need help, including food or medicine delivery, call +356-2141-1411.
- Asymptomatic visitors can choose to undergo mandatory self-quarantine or return to their country of origin as soon as possible. U.S. citizens in Malta who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.
- Government of Malta COVID-19 Info page.
- Government of Malta Ministry of Health Novel Coronavirus page.
- Call the Malta government COVID-19 helpline at 111.
- Call the Malta Department of Public Health Disease Surveillance Unit at +356-2132-4086 if you believe you have contracted COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Assistance for Tourists: call +356-2169-2447, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov.
- CDC page on COVID-19.
- Travel.state.gov Malta Country Information and Malta Travel Advisory page.