Malta has decided to extend the travel ban currently in place against non-vaccinated travelers from all EU/Schengen area countries and 67 third countries worldwide.
Such a decision means that all those who do not hold a valid vaccination certificate or other equivalent document are not allowed to enter the territory of Malta, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the latest update published yesterday, October 21, through Malta’s official travel portal, VisitMalta, the travel ban will continue to apply to all countries of the European Union and the Schengen area.
Aside from that, the travel ban will also remain in place for dozens of other third countries, part of which are Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, among others.
Although the state has decided to maintain strict entry rules for those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, some exemptions will still apply. People who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons are allowed to enter the country as long as they submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
In addition, children under the age of five are also exempted from the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination. It is also freed from the test requirements.
Furthermore, cargo, humanitarian flights, repatriation flights, cargo ships and other container ships containing essential goods and merchandise also fall into the list of exemptions, regardless of the country of origin.
Those who do not hold a COVID certificate and need to enter Malta for absolutely necessary purposes can also do so. However, they are required to follow the rules of self-isolation immediately upon entering.
On the other hand, the country allows unrestricted entry to all travelers who hold a valid EU COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or other equivalent document. In order for a certificate of vaccination to be considered valid in Malta, the document must indicate that the holder has been fully immunized against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
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Apart from that, the Ministry of Health in Malta has also noted that vaccination certificates showing that a person has been vaccinated with two EMA approved doses from different manufacturers are also recognized as long as the doses meet the required time frame between each other.
Furthermore, except for submitting a vaccination certificate, everyone must fill out a passenger locator form.
The Maltese authorities have emphasized that “any person traveling to Malta from the list of countries included in this arrangement, whether by air or by sea, must, upon arrival in Malta, submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF Form).”
To date, Malta has recognized vaccination passports for dozens of third countries. Armenia, Iraq, South Korea and Moldova recently joined the list.