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Updated on April 15, 2021

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Global Health Advisory– Level 3: RECONSIDER TRAVEL

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Maltese Ministry of Health announced confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malta and has implemented measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.  Please see their website here for details.
  • As of March 11, 2021 new restrictions came into affect. Non-essential shops are closed; these include but are not limited to: retail stores and restaurants. These shops will reopen on April 26, 2021. Restaurants, snack bars and kiosks may only serve take-away. Hotels may only provide room service. The only stores that can remain open include food, medical and pet supply stores.
  • Non-essential services are closed. These include but are not limited to: hair dressers, beauticians, gyms, pools, cinemas, theatres, bars and social clubs.
  • Schools and childcare centers are open.
  • Religious services will be permitted from April 18, 2021.
  • Weddings and mass gatherings are not permitted until further notice.
  • Travel to Gozo is only permitted for residents or those traveling for business purposes.
  • Sporting events and any trainings are prohibited until further notice.
  • As of March 29, 2021, persons meeting in groups are limited to 2 people in any public space.
  • As of Wednesday, August 19, 2020, discos and boat parties are not longer permitted to operate.
  • 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. Vulnerable persons must continue to exercise caution and leave their home only for essential needs.
  • As of October 17, 2020 everyone over 3 years of age must wear a mask at all times with the following exceptions: in one’s house; in one’s car (unless others not within the family are traveling); alone at work; training outside (i.e. running). 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.

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
  • COVID-19 PCR tests can be scheduled through the Health Ministry’s contact hotline: 111. There is no fee for the test, and results are communicated via SMS and e-mail to the applicant.
  • Private clinics also offer rapid antigen tests for a fee. Fees vary widely, and results are communicated to the applicant within minutes.
  • 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, and Moderna.
  • All Maltese citizens and all residents of Malta with a valid residency card are eligible for the vaccine.
  • 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? No
    • U.S. citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Malta for non-essential travel, which includes tourism, unless they have an EU passport or meet the very narrow exceptions detailed here. The EU Commission determines who may enter the EU based on epidemiological data.  At this time, there is no projected date when travellers from the United States will be permitted to enter Malta directly.
    • This means, a U.S. resident may not travel to Malta from a non-corridor country through a corridor country, unless they remain in the safe-corridor country for 14-days prior to entering Malta; have no symptoms of COVID-19; and have not come into contact with a person who is positive within the 14-days prior to travel to Malta.
    • Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that the Malta International Airport and ports reopening on July 1, 2020. The “safe corridor” destinations that have been reopened for travel include:
      Corridor Countries (updated on March 29, 2021) In accordance with L.N 290 of 2020 there is no travel ban for the following countries. As of March 29, 2021 until April 11, 2021- travelers from all countries (including safe corridor countries) are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta.

      Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vatican City. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are also considered as within Malta’s travel corridor countries (included with   China). Quarantine on arrival to Malta will not be applicable to those travelling from these countries, but suspected persons will be requested to have a swab test. 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 “safe corridors” list applies to direct flights between areas deemed safe by Maltese authorities and to people who have spent the previous two weeks there. Please visit the Malta Travel Authority website here for more information.
    • The Superintendence of Public Health requires that all persons travelling to Malta complete the  Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Forms which can be downloaded from https://www.maltairport.com/declarationforms.  Both completed forms are to be handed over to the Aircraft Crew or drop the Forms within the deposit boxes available on exit from the Terminal Temperature Screening Points following arrival at Malta International Airport or with the Virtu Ferries crew at the check in counter, prior departure from Pozzallo, Sicily.  A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? No
    • At this time, a negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry into Malta.  As of Friday, 21 August, 2020, besides a red and green list of countries from which a traveler may or may not enter into Malta. An ‘amber’ list of corridor countries is published from week to week from which arriving passengers must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 swab test result, which test must have been taken not longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta.  If a negative test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a 14 day quarantine period would be required.  This list will be updated weekly by the Maltese Government and can be found here.
    • 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 have begun flying out of Malta International Airport since the reopening of the international airport.  Air Malta, amongst others, are offering these 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? No
    • IMPORTANT: not if they enter from a safe-corridor country (where they have been for at least 14 days).
    • Persons entering Malta from non-safe-corridor countries will be required to quarantine for 14-days upon arrival into Malta at their hotel or residence.  For questions, or to schedule a test, the COVID helpline in Malta is 111.
    • Persons living in the same households as entrants from non-safe-corridor countries 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.
    • Asymptomatic visitors can choose to undergo mandatory self-quarantine or return to their country of origin as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • An appointment for a PCR swab test can be made by calling 111 from Malta.
  • Currently there are four government run testing facilities available at Hal Farrug, Pembroke, Qormi and Burmarrad localities where tests are conducted for free (no payment required).
  • Some private run hospitals are providing rapid tests for a fee (fees may vary).
  • 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, 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 €100 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 limitedSee our website for more information.

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