Travelling to Malta Amid COVID-19: Rules & Restrictions Explained

Malta is one of the European countries that continues to implement some of the strictest restrictions in order to protect public health and avoid an increase in new COVID-19 cases.

The Maltese authorities have consistently advised against travel outside the country and have banned entry to all persons who pose a threat to the country’s population.

Malta currently adopts its own national classification of danger zones, which means that travel restrictions within the country are not based on the common ‘European Traffic Lights’ map.

As such, entry restrictions into Malta generally depend on whether the traveler is entering the country from an area classified as red or dark red, TheSchengen.com reports.

Currently, Malta only allows entry to people with a vaccination certificate indicating that its holder has been immunized with a vaccine approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Certificates proving recovery from the virus are not accepted.

Countries on Malta’s Red List

Malta is known for keeping some of the strictest rules within the European Union, and it has put the majority of European countries on the red list. This means that unvaccinated travelers coming from one of the EU Red List countries need to follow strict entry restrictions.

Currently, Malta’s red list includes the following EU countries:

Andorra Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Monaco Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania San Marino Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Vatican City State

With the exception of the above-mentioned EU countries, dozens of third countries are also part of Malta’s red list. The full list is as follows:

Albania Armenia Argentina Australia Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Belize Bermuda Bhutan Canada Cayman Islands Chile Cape Verde China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong) Colombia Cuba Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Falkland Islands Faroe Islands Fiji Gabon Georgia Gibraltar Indonesia India Iran Iraq Israel Jamaica Japan Jordan Kosovo Kuwait Laos Lebanon Libya Malaysia Mauritania Maldives Moldova Morocco Myanmar Namibia New Zealand North Macedonia Panama Qatar Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Singapore South Africa South Korea Timor Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay United States of America Vietnam rules and restrictions for arrivals from Red List Countries

The Maltese authorities have announced that people wishing to enter from an EU country or a third country that are part of the Red List need to present the General Health Travel Permit and Passenger Locator Form in addition to having a valid vaccination certificate.

In order for a Certificate of Vaccination to be considered valid in Malta, it must indicate that the holder has been fully vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine – Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.

Mixed vaccine doses are also recognized as valid evidence of immunity as long as the doses follow the required time frame.

In addition, it was noted that travelers from an EU member state or a Schengen area country are only allowed to enter if they hold a valid vaccination certificate recognized by the Public Health Supervisor.

>> Malta only recognizes travel approved vaccines

The government statement reads: “People may travel to Malta from the countries listed below provided they are in possession of: a valid vaccination certificate showing that this person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are 12 years of age or older.”

Apart from EMA-approved vaccines, the Maltese authorities previously announced that travelers who have been vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines can also enter the country. However, they must demonstrate that they have taken a booster dose acceptable to the EMA.

>> Malta now allows travelers to enter with WHO approved vaccines followed by a booster injection accepted by EMA

What are the certificates of vaccination from recognized countries in Malta?

Malta does not accept vaccination certificates from every country, which means that only people with a certificate issued by certain countries can enter the territory of the latter.

According to the Maltese authorities, only the following vaccination certificates are recognized:

Malta vaccination certificate issued by the Ministry of Health EU digital COVID-19 certificate issued by the EU/EEA, non-EU countries connected to the portal, including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Moldova , New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City, Arab Republic of Egypt, COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate, Australian Digital Certificate for COVID-19, Republic of Azerbaijan Vaccination Card Kingdom of Bahrain Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate Bermuda Government Ministry of Health Canadian COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate Chilean Official Digital Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for Colombia Vaccination Card Iraq COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey Japan – Certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 Republic or vaccination card of the Ministry of Health of Kosovo, Ministry of Health of the State of Kuwait, Certificate of vaccination against SARS- COV-2, Lebanon COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Libyan COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, Malaysian COVID-19 Digital Certificate, Omani Vaccination Certificate Palestinian Ministry of Health Vaccination Certificate Qatar COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate In Rwanda, Saudi Arabia’s vaccination certificate, Ministry of Health, Singapore’s vaccination certificate, South Korean COVID-19 vaccination certificate, UAE Al-Hosn vaccine certificate, UAE vaccination certificate issued by Dubai health authorities, CDC COVID-19 US vaccination record card

With regard to unvaccinated travelers coming from a red-listed country, the authorities confirmed that they are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement. The expenses of the quarantine must be borne by the travelers themselves.

Rules and restrictions for people coming from countries included in the dark red list

Countries not mentioned in the red list fall under the dark red list Malta. Taking into account the high infection rates recorded by the countries on this list, travel from these areas is only permitted in certain limited circumstances if followed by a permit.

As such, to enter Malta from a country included in the Dark Red List, the following documents are required:

A permit obtained from the Maltese public health authorities with a negative COVID-19 test result made within 72 hours prior to arrival of the completed Health Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form; Forms must be completed between 72 and 3 hours before boarding the plane

Except for the above requirements, people coming from a country on the dark red list must follow the rules for self-isolation and testing. They are required to remain in isolation for 14 days and undergo a second test after the 11th day of quarantine.

What is open to tourists in Malta?

As in other European countries, most public places are open in Malta, including bars, restaurants, and cafes.

However, in public places, only a maximum of six people from the same house are allowed to sit together. Groups of more than six people are subject to a fine of 300 euros per group unless they are kept two meters apart.

Museums, theaters, and other cultural sites also welcome visitors. Malta International Airport revealed that on all days of the week, except for Tuesdays, the following museums and sites are open from 10am to 4:30pm:

The Palace Armory MUŻA aġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples Fort St Angelo St Paul’s Catacombs Skorba and Ta ‘arat Temples Fort St Elmo and National War Museum Ġgantija Temples Ta’ Kola Windmill

“Anyone who has received two doses of the vaccine, or received one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, is fully vaccinated for 14 days, and has a vaccine certificate, will be able to remain without a mask in open public spaces in groups of two,” the Malta International Airport statement reads.

Malta passport vaccination

Malta is already connected to the EU’s COVID-19 digital certification portal, which means that the country accepts and issues at least one of the certifications. Thus, Maltese citizens, as well as residents of other countries holding the certificate, can travel freely within the European Union and Malta without having to follow strict rules.

The EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is a one-page document that can be obtained in paper or digital form. Other features of the document are as follows:

FREE SAFE & SECURE National and English language widely recognized travel insurance in the EU – a MUST HAVE when traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic

Vacationers planning to visit Malta or any other European country amid the COVID-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged to purchase extended travel insurance packages that cover epidemic and pandemic situations.

This purchase ensures that travelers can get their money back if their flight is canceled due to the unexpected increase in coronavirus cases.

Affordable travel insurance packages for Malta can be purchased from AXA Assistance, MondialCare or Europ Assistance.

COVID-19 status and vaccination rate in Malta

Based on the latest figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of November 16, Malta has identified 38,202 cases of COVID-19, with only 32 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Apart from that, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported 462 deaths related to the health effects of the coronavirus.

As for the vaccination rate, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed that about 81.2% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 82.2% have taken only the first dose of vaccine.

Note: This article was originally published on August 26. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on November 16, in line with the latest updates from the Maltese authorities.

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