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Updated on October 16, 2020

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Global Health Advisory– Level 3: RECONSIDER TRAVEL

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.
  • Resumption of business is allowable provided specific COVID-19 prevention measures as detailed by the Maltese Health Authorities are adhered to.
  • As of Wednesday, August 19, discos and boat parties are not longer permitted to operate. Bars can operate restaurant style, with patrons only seated at tables and may not serve people at the bar.
  • From October 19, all food/drink establishments must close to services by 11pm.
  • Schools and childcare centers are currently open.
  • 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. At these gatherings, groups may not be larger than 10 persons.
  • Outside of mass events, the limit to 10 persons also applies; being groups of persons meeting together for reasons such as BBQ’s, picnics, etc.
  • 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. Weddings must also be conducted in a sit down manner with food served to tables of no greater than 8 people.
  • Religious services may be held according to the guidelines set out above.
  • As of October 17, 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.

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  September 28, 2020) In accordance with L.N 290 of 2020 there is no travel ban for the following countries.

      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, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City. Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are also considered as within Malta’s travel corridor countries (considered with UK and China respectively). 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 swab 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 euro per offence.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: Limited appointments for U.S. citizen services, including passport applications, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary services are available. See this website for more information
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants: Visa services are extremely limitedSee this website for more information.

Local Resources:

  • Government of Malta Ministry of Health Novel Coronavirus page.
  • To book a swab test, 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 tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com, or visit https://www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19. 
  • To report breaches of regulations regarding public health and COVID-19 to the Police, call 22944511 or 22944504.
  • For those who are feeling lonely, helpline 1775.
  • For elderly persons bereft of support who need medicines, ready-made meals or food products (fruits and vegetables), call 25903030.
  • For tourists and hoteliers who have questions about the announcement measures, call 21692447.

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