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Updated on August 07, 2020

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Global Health Advisory– Level 3: RECONSIDER 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.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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 13 specific airports.  Please see the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website here for more information. 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.
  • American Citizen Services: Beginning June 18, routine passport and consular report of birth abroad appointments resumed at Embassy Malta, all other non-emergency U.S. citizen services (this includes notary services) remain suspended until further notice. 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:  Non-mission critical visa appointments are currently suspended. Please see the U.S. Embassy Malta Visas web page here for details on visa types that may qualify for an exception.
  • The government of Malta has implemented measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
  • On July 1, summer schools re-opened.
  • Resumption of business is allowable provided specific COVID-19 prevention measures as detailed by the Maltese Health Authorities are adhered to. At this time, cinemas and contact sports are still suspended.
  • 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 July 31, the government of Malta implemented restrictions on mass events.  No more than one person may occupy every four-square meters of space, no more than ten people may congregate per group, and all mass event attendees must provide their contact information to authorities in order to facilitate contact tracing.  Those considering attending a mass event are strongly encouraged to review the Center for Disease Control website here for health and safety information on gatherings and community events. This rule does not apply to members of the same family who live in the same household.
  • As of August 7, outside events (such as weddings) may only have up to 300 persons in attendance, inside events up to 100; still keeping a minimum of 2 meters distance per person.
  • Any person found to be without a mask in all regulated locations (shops, on the Gozo ferry, at the airport) will be fined 50 euro per offence.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • 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
  • 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: Germany, Austria, Italy, Cyprus, Switzerland, France, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. Beginning July 15, the Government of Malta also lifted travel restrictions on the following locations: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Japan, Jordan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovenia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican City, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. The Malta International Airport has implemented various measures to maintain a safe environment for passengers and employees. For details please visit the MIA website here.

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 travelers from the United States will be permitted to enter Malta directly.
  • Additionally, the Council of the European agreed to begin lifting non-essential travel restrictions for residents of some third countries beginning July 1. European Union member states should begin lifting travel restrictions for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

Quarantine Information:

  • Persons entering Malta from non-safe-corridor countries will be required to quarantine for 14-days upon arrival into Malta.
  • 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.

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