The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has amended its October 25, 2021 Order, titled, “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.” This amendment updates COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers 2 years or older boarding a flight to the United States.
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. Please see the CDC website for more information.
On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction for certain travelers physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe due to the detection of a variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The policy does not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and certain other categories of travelers. See the text of the announcement here. The new restrictions and requirements took effect on November 29.
As always, U.S. citizens are reminded that transportation schedules can change without notice. Please check with airlines/carriers regarding flight cancellations and/or restrictions and keep apprised of the testing and vaccine requirements for any country you are transiting. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to have a departure plan that does not depend on U.S. government assistance. U.S. citizens are also encouraged to read our webpage on What the Department of State Can and Can’t do in a Crisis.
Please see contact information for airlines operating from Malta International Airport below:
Air Malta plc
+356 (0) 800 62142, +49 421 5575 578 Website: www.britishairways.com Contact Form: https://www.britishairways.com/travel/custrelform/public/en_gb
EasyJet Airline Company Limited
+356 25577255 Website: https://www.emirates.com
Lufthansa German Airlines
+356 2125 2020, + 49 6986 799 799 Website: www.lufthansa.com
Scandinavian Airlines System
+46 8797 3010 Website: www.flysas.com
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd
+41 848 700 700 Contact form: http://www.swiss.com/gb/EN/customer-support/general-request Website: www.swiss.com
Vueling Airlines S.A.
Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit the S. Embassy Malta webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Malta.
U.S. Embassy Valletta, Malta
Ta’Qali National Park
Attard, ATD 4000
Phone number (business hours) +356 2561 4000
Phone number (after hours) +356 2561 4000
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Malta Country Information
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