COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Updated on December 3, 2021

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

***Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Ministry of Health announced the Government of Malta will recognize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card beginning July 19.  CDC cards have been valid for quarantine-free entry into Malta from July 19, provided holders received a full vaccination course and that 14 days passed since their last dose.  As of 01 August 2021 CDC vaccination cards must 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).  Go to https://go.daon.com/veriflyapp​ for Verifly FAQs. The US Embassy highly recommends travelers also carry printed documentation on their person for entry in case they are requested from Maltese Immigration officials upon entry.
  • The Maltese government has announced that any person entering Malta must provide an accepted vaccination certificate. Please see the Maltese government’s website here for the full list of accepted certificates: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx (any of which must show a full course of vaccination was taken and 14 days have passed since the last dose).
  • Airlines are to deny boarding to persons not abiding with the Maltese regulations. For more information please visit: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx 
  • Travelers who arrive in Malta and attempt to enter Malta without an approved vaccination certificate shall be required to submit themselves to a period of quarantine of 14 days at a government mandated quarantine hotel chosen by the Superintendent of Public Health, regardless of the traveler’s planned accommodation. The traveler must pay the cost of the hotel and any additional expenses, including required PCR tests. 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 if they fulfil criteria outlined below at least ten days prior to their arrival in Malta. This form can be accessed here​. Health authorities reserve the right to accept or reject such requests.
  • As of July 1, 2021, anyone who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has an approved vaccination certificate can remove their mask when in groups of two or less when outside. Children (ages 12 or younger) of vaccinated guardians may also remove their masks when outside provided they are with their guardians or another vaccinated adult. For more details please see the Maltese Health Department website here.
  • Persons who do not possess a vaccination certificate and are over 3 years of age must wear a mask at all times with the following exceptions: in one’s residence; in one’s car (unless others not within the family are traveling); alone at work; training outside (i.e. running; biking).  All other places, including work; schools; public places; public transport, shops, airport, anywhere outside – masks must be worn.  School children over the age of 3 must wear masks at all times at school, even if their guardians are vaccinated.
  • Restaurants and snack bars are open.
  • Non-essential retail stores are open.
  • Certain non-essential services are open; these include hair dressers, and beauticians.
  • Gyms and pools are open.
  • Schools are open.
  • Religious services are permitted; held to local regulations.
  • Weddings are permitted to be held per health authority’s regulations.
  • Organized events are permitted from September 2021 as per regulations.
  • Cinemas, theaters, bars and social clubs have reopened.
  • Sporting events and any trainings are permitted according to regulations.
  • Persons meeting outside in groups are limited to 6 people in any public space.  Four households can gather in private residences.
  • Customers and clients of indoor businesses are required to have their temperature checked before entering the service venue, wear a face-mask within the premises, and keep two meters from others.  Establishments may only permit entry to one person per every 10 square meters of venue space. Restaurants reserve the right to permit only vaccinated persons entry.
  • Regulation updates can be found here.
  • As of June 1, masks wearing is relaxed when on the beach/swimming.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Malta? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • To book a swab test, non-residents must contact a private clinic or facility which offers the service. For a short list please visit our hospitals page here.
  • COVID-19 PCR tests for residents of Malta can be scheduled through the Health Ministry’s contact hotline: 111. Results are communicated via SMS and e-mail to the applicant. Tests are now being done for a fee. For more information please see the government’s testing page here.
  • Details provided by the Government of Malta are available here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Malta approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Malta for U.S. citizens to receive? No
  • Which vaccines are available in Malta? AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
  • All Maltese citizens and all residents of Malta with a valid residency card are eligible for the vaccine. Tourists are not eligible.
  • Details on the Maltese vaccination schedule and vaccine related frequently asked questions are available on the Maltese Health Ministry website here.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. Citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • The Ministry of Health announced the Government of Malta will recognize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card beginning July 19.  CDC cards have been valid for quarantine-free entry into Malta from July 19, provided holders received a full vaccination course and that 14 days passed since their last dose.  As of 01 August 2021 CDC vaccination cards must 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).  Go to https://go.daon.com/veriflyapp​ for Verifly FAQs.
    • If upon arrival in Malta, any passenger is not in possession of a valid vaccination certificate, the passenger will be subject to a mandatory nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test and mandatory quarantine of 14 days in a hotel of the government’s choosing against a fee. For more information, please visit the Maltese Ministry of Health website here.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • The Malta airport has implemented various measures to maintain a safe environment for passengers and employees. For details please visit the MIA website here.  The Gozo ferry and Sicilian Catamaran have also implemented measures.
    • The Superintendence of Public Health requires that all persons travelling to Malta complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form (EU-dPLF).  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.  A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence. For FAQ’s, please see the Maltese government page here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? No
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is not accepted for entry into Malta with out an accepted vaccination certificate.
    • Changes in Maltese regulations can be found upon publication on the Maltese Government COVID info page.
    • Currently commercial flights out of Malta are available for U.S. residents who are in Malta and wish to return to the U.S. There are several airlines that fly out of Malta International AirportAir Malta, amongst others, are offering flights with connections.
    • Americans who are in Malta on visa waiver and are aware that they may overstay, must contact the Maltese Immigration Authorities in order to request an extension.  The embassy cannot make such request on behalf of an applicant.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Currently there are no restrictions on movement whilst in Malta.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Travelers entering Malta without a recognized vaccination certificate will be required to take PCR test and quarantine at a hotel of the Maltese government’s choosing at their own expense. For the full list of accepted certificates, please visit the Maltese government’s website here.
    • Persons living in the same households as entrants must also spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine.
    • If you are in quarantine and need help, including food or medicine delivery, call +356-2141-1411.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • To book a swab test, non-residents must contact a private clinic or facility which offers the service. For a short list please visit our hospitals page here.
  • Currently there are five government run testing facilities available at Hal Farrug, Pembroke, Qormi, Burmarrad, and Msida localities where tests are conducted for residents of Malta.
  • From October 23, rapid testing will be carried out in the following areas: airport, education departments, medical facilities, and in retirement homes.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Commercial flights from the Malta International Airport are currently available.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • The Gozo Channel Ferry, Fast Ferry, public transit and private taxis are currently operating with requirements that masks be worn when boarded and are enforcing limits to the number of persons permitted to board at a time.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • 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.
  • Any person found to be without a mask in all regulated locations (in all public places which are enclosed, on public transport, in shops, on the Gozo ferry, at the airport) will be fined €300 per offence.
  • Any persons found in a group of more than 6 will be fined €200 each, or €100 if paid before court proceedings begin.
  • Planned events in private houses are limited to a maximum of four households, with a €100 fine for every person caught in breach of the law. 
  • Please note, fines may change at any time and are at the discretion of Maltese authorities.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: Limited appointments for U.S. citizen services, including passport applications, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, Consular Reports of Death Abroad and notary services are available. Renunciations are not being processed at this time.  See our website for more information
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants: Visa services are limited. Currently, applications are only being accepted for legal residents of Malta. See our website for more information.

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