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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Malta
March 19, 2020

Location: Malta

Event: As of March 19, the Malta Ministry of Health has announced forty-eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malta.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

The government of Malta has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the COVID-19 Info Page website for additional information on these new measures.

The government of Malta has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 11:59 PM, all bars (excluding take-away), restaurants (excluding deliveries), gymnasiums, clubs, cinemas and tombola halls must remain closed. All schools, childcare centers, and universities remain closed until further notice.

On March 17, the Maltese aviation authority announced the Malta airport will suspend all inbound flights as of Friday 20th March 11:59 pm. Air Malta announced it will suspend all commercial flights departing after 11:59 pm on Friday 20th March, until further notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are strongly urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.

 Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

State local government actions: 

All persons entering Malta from any other country must spend 14 days in mandatory self-quarantine.
The mandatory self-quarantine is 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.
Asymptomatic visitors can choose to undergo mandatory self-quarantine or return to their country of origin as soon as possible. S. citizens in Malta who want to return to the United States should make arrangements while outbound flights are still available.

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.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States 


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
Email: ConsularMalta@state.gov
Website: https://mt.usembassy.gov/
State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Malta Country Information
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