Event: Announcement of new restrictions from the Maltese government in response to rising numbers of COVID cases
The Ministry of Health announced the Government of Malta will recognize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card beginning July 19. CDC cards will be valid for quarantine-free entry into Malta as of July 19, provided holders have received a full vaccination course and that 14 days have passed since their last dose. Beginning August 1, the Government of Malta will require CDC vaccination cards to be digitally verified, but further details have yet to be released.
Malta requires all travelers to present Maltese recognized proof of COVID-19 vaccination for quarantine-free travel to Malta. The Government of Malta currently only recognizes the Maltese vaccine certificate, UK-issued NHS COVID pass, EU COVID pass, Dubai Health Authority vaccine certificate, and the Turkish vaccine certificate. Malta will recognize the CDC card beginning July 19. Those who are not in possession of Maltese recognized proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to submit themselves to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at a government mandated hotel at a cost of 100 euros per night. They must also present a negative pharyngeal Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test performed no earlier than 72 hours prior to their arrival to Malta. Airlines will deny boarding to those who do not fulfill the before-mentioned requirements.
Commercial flights remain available for U.S. citizens in Malta who want to return to the United States. On January 12, 2021, the CDC announced an order requiring all air passengers (including U.S. citizens) arriving to the United States from a foreign country to undergo COVID-19 testing no more than three days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Malta advising travelers to reconsider travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 (COVID-19 Low) Travel Recommendation for Malta.
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 U.S. Embassy Malta webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Malta.
- Visit the Maltese Ministry of Health Travel to Malta webpage for information on traveling to Malta.
- Visit the Maltese Ministry of Health Mandatory Standards and Guidance webpage for information on current restrictions.
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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