Covid-19 Travel Advice
Now that Malta International Airport has reopened to commercial flights, we are doing our utmost to ensure that you can fully enjoy the journey as you travel through our airport. In line with the recommendations of local and international authorities, we have taken all necessary measures, invested in new technologies, and re-trained our front-liners to allow you to feel safe and secure every step of the way from check-in to boarding.
While we are doing our very best to protect you, we also need your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe airport environment for all our guests and team of dedicated employees. If you are ready to fly again, do take a minute to familiarise yourself with how you should prepare for your journey through the airport by having a browse through this regularly updated page.
We look forward to giving you a warm and safe welcome at Malta International Airport soon. Let’s travel again, safely!
Malta International Airport’s regularly updated flight schedule being available here.
Every country is likely to have its own health and safety protocols in place. For this reason, we recommend that, before booking a flight, you speak with an airline representative for guidance in relation to this and to any airline specific requirements in place. Airline contact details may be found here.
|Passengers travelling from one of the countries or cities included in Malta’s Amber Travel List, which are listed below, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test to representatives of the local Health Authority, after landing in Malta.
The COVID-19 PCR test must be taken within a period not exceeding 72 hours prior to the passenger’s arrival in Malta. It is strongly recommended that a physical copy of the test result is readily available to be presented to representatives of the local health authority stationed at Malta International Airport.
Passengers who fail to present a negative test result, may be subjected to a Covid-19 test upon arrival at Malta International Airport and may be required to observe a quarantine period.
Please take note of the below country-specific requirements and travel bans. This section is being updated regularly, but we recommend that you seek the guidance of your airline if you have any planned trips to one of the below countries.
Passengers travelling to Austria from Malta must credibly show that they did not travel to any country other than Austria and the countries listed below, within the 14 days preceding their date of travel:
Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania. Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Vatican, Cyprus
Passengers who visited a country which is not listed above within the same 14-day time span must present a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test, taken not more than four days prior to the time of arrival in Austria. Individuals who do not provide such a certificate will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Non-essential travel between Malta and Belgium will be banned as of 25th September at 4pm until further notice. Belgian residents returning to Belgium from Malta will be required to undergo a Covid-19 test and self-quarantine upon arrival.
Travel from Cyprus to Malta and vice-versa is currently banned. Cypriot nationals / residents are required to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon returning to Cyprus.
Passengers travelling for non-essential purposes, who are not nationals / residents of Denmark, will not be allowed in the country.
All passengers travelling to Egypt are required to present a negative PCR test result (PCR) for Covid-19, taken up to 72 hours prior to their departure. All children under 6 years will be exempt.
Passengers travelling to Estonia are required to observe a 14-day quarantine upon entry in the country.
Leisure travel between Malta and Finland is banned.
Passengers travelling from Malta to Greece are required to submit a passenger locator form electronically at least a day before entering the country and present a certificate indicating a negative Covid-19 PCR test result (PCR) for Covid-19, taken up to 72 hours prior to their departure from Malta. This certificate should be written in English, clearly showing the name and passport / ID card number of the passenger.
Travel between Malta and Hungary is banned, expect for Hungarian nationals / residents. Returning Hungarian nationals / residents must observe a quarantine period or present negative PCR test results upon their arrival.
Passengers travelling to Ireland are required to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry in the country.
ITALY & SICILY
Passengers travelling to Italy are required to present a negative Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours before their departure from Malta, or undergo a molecular or antigenic test to be carried out by means of a swab, upon arrival at the airport, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at a referred local health clinic.
Persons who would have stayed or transited through Malta are also requested to self-isolate for two weeks on entering the region of Puglia.
Tourists travelling to Sicily are required to present a negative Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours before their departure from Malta, or undergo a molecular or antigenic test to be carried out by means of a swab, upon arrival at the airport, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at a referred local health clinic.
In addition to this, tourists and non-residents arriving in Sicily from Malta are obliged to register on the website www.siciliasicura.com, and to use the “SiciliaSiCura” app for the purpose of contacting the regional health service as well as monitoring their state of health.
Crews of means of transport, health workers as well as individuals who travel to/from Malta exclusively for documented work or health reasons are exempt from these obligations, but still need to fill out a form and send it to the Civil Protection Department of the Presidency of the Sicilian Region.
Passengers travelling to Latvia are required to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry in the country.
Passengers, who are not nationals / residents of Lithuania, will not be allowed in the country, while Lithuanian nationals / residents are required to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country.
Passengers travelling to the Netherlands from Malta are strongly advised to observe a 10-day quarantine upon entry in the country, even if they would have tested negative for Covid-19 or are not experiencing any symptoms.
Passengers travelling from Malta to Norway or transiting through Malta, must observe a 10-day quarantine period following their arrival in the country.
Tourists travelling to Slovenia are required to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry in the country. Slovenian citizens, regardless of their residence, and passengers having a permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia, travelling from EU member states or the Schengen Area can enter Slovenia without quarantine, provided that they submit evidence that they are not arriving from the countries on the red list.
Passengers travelling to Slovakia are required to observe a 10-day quarantine period upon arrival in the country.
Passengers travelling to Switzerland are required to observe a mandatory 10-day quarantine period upon entry in the country. Please note that the presentation of a negative Covid-19 test does not exempt passengers from observing this quarantine period or shorten its duration.
Passengers travelling from Malta to Tunisia are required to present a negative Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours before their departure as well as observe a 14-day quarantine period.
Non-essential travel from Malta to the UK is strongly being advised against. Passengers travelling from Malta to the UK may need self-isolate upon entry in the country.
(last updated on: 24.09.2020)
If you have a flight planned to one of the below countries, kindly check what documentation – passenger locator forms and health declaration forms – are required for entry into that country. By filling in the requested forms prior to arriving at Malta International Airport, you would be contributing to faster check-in and boarding processes.
It is recommended that you contact your airline if you have any queries about the forms and information found in this section.
Passengers travelling to Austria are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to Belgium are required to fill in the online passenger locator found at this link 48 hours before their arrival in the country.
Passengers who are unable to fill in the online form, may download and complete the form in their preferred language.
Passengers travelling to Bulgaria are required to download and fill in the health declaration form found here.
Passengers travelling to the Czech Republic are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to Denmark are required to fill in the forms and present the certificates listed at this link.
Passengers travelling to France are required to fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to Germany are required to fill in the passenger locator form found here.
In addition to the presentation of a certificate indicating a negative Covid-19 PCR test result (PCR) for Covid-19, taken up to 72 hours prior to their departure from Malta, passengers are required to fill in the online passenger locator form found at this link.
Passengers travelling to Hungary are required to fill in the forms available at this link.
Passengers travelling to Ireland are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here
Passengers travelling to Italy are required to download and fill in the self declaration form found below in their preferred language.
In addition to this form, passengers are required to fill in the below document issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in their preferred language.
Passengers who would have been in a non-Schengen/non-EU area in the 14 days prior to their flight to Italy are also required to fill in the below form in their preferred language.
Passengers travelling to Luxembourg are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to the Netherlands who are over 13 years of age are required to download and fill in a health declaration form in the preferred language.
In addition to this form, passengers are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to Poland are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to Portugal are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.
Passengers travelling to Romania are required to fill in the online form found at this link.
Passengers travelling to Spain are required to fill in the health control form found at this link, or via the free app Spain Travel Health-SPTH. Upon completion of the form, passengers will receive a QR code, which is to be presented upon arrival in Spain.
Passengers travelling from Malta to Switzerland are required to download and fill in this Contact Tracing Card.
Passengers travelling to Tunisia from a red zone are also required to download and fill in this Commitment Form.
Passengers travelling to Turkey are required to download and fill in the passenger information form found here.
Passengers travelling to the United Kingdom are required to fill in the online passenger locator found at this link.
All passengers travelling to Malta are required by the Superintendence of Public Health for Malta to complete:
and hand over both forms to the Aircraft Crew or drop the Forms within the deposit boxes available on exit from the Terminal Temperature Screening Points following arrival in Malta.
The information provided by passengers will enable the Public Health Authorities to trace and contact travelling guests swiftly should the need arise.
Moreover, passengers travelling from one of the countries or cities (listed below) which are on Malta’s amber list, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test to representatives of the local health authority, after landing in Malta. It is strongly recommended that a physical copy of the test result is readily available to be presented to representatives of the local health authority stationed at Malta International Airport.
- Czech Republic
- France (only applicable to passengers travelling from Paris and Marseille)
- Spain (only applicable to passengers travelling from Barcelona, Girona & Madrid)
For further information, please contact the Public Health Authorities on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travellers arriving directly from one of the specified countries and regions which have been identified by the Maltese Government as safe for travel to and from Malta, will not be required to observe a 14-day quarantine. Travellers arriving from Romania, Spain (Barcelona, Girona and Madrid), Czech Republic, Tunisia, and France (Paris and Marseilles) are required to present a negative Covid-19 swab test, taken within the previous 72 hours, prior to boarding their flight. Passengers who do not present the negative test result, can be asked to take a swab at Malta International Airport or asked to self-quarantine upon arrival.
All guests arriving in Malta can expect to be subjected to body temperature screening immediately after arrival. If your body temperature exceeds 37.2oC, you can expect to be interviewed by Public Health officials.
All guests are asked to download, print and complete a travel declaration and passenger locator form, both of which are available here, and present them upon their arrival at our airport. The information provided would enable the health authorities to trace travelling guests swiftly should the need arise. Further details about passenger locator forms should be sought from the Public Health Authorities.
Once you pick up your luggage upon arrival and pass through customs, proceed to leave the terminal as soon as possible to reduce the risk of virus transmission, unless you need to make use of the services of the rental car desks, the taxi reservation booth, or the tour operator desks, all of which are located within the Welcomers’ Hall.
The Malta Tourism Authority’s tourist information office, which is also located within the Welcomers’ Hall, will re-open on Wednesday 1st July. The office will be open from Monday to Sunday between 10am and 9pm.
If you fall ill or experience one of these symptoms – a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell – during your stay in Malta, please call the local health authorities on +356 2132 4086 immediately. If you are staying at a hotel, please inform a member of staff immediately.
Ferry Service to Gozo
If you are planning on crossing over to Gozo, remember that you will not be allowed to board the ferry without a face mask. Your face mask must be worn during the ferry ride as well as at the waiting and disembarkation areas.
Museums & Cultural Sites
Museum and cultural site operators can exercise the right of refusal of entry into a museum to visitors if they are visibly unwell or have respiratory symptoms.
If you’re going to dine out at a restaurant, it is recommended that you make a reservation beforehand since eateries are operating with a reduced seating capacity in line with the authorities’ guidelines. You may also want to look out for a Covid-19 compliance sticker awarded by the Malta Tourism Authority before you choose your restaurant. This sticker proves that the establishment is compliant with Covid-19 protocols. Restaurant owners have the obligation to refuse entry to people whose temperature is above 37.2°C.
You are required to wear a face mask while using taxis, public transport, and when waiting at the bus stop. While you are strongly encouraged to purchase a Tallinja Card, should you choose to pay by cash on the bus you are required to have the exact fare as no change can be given by the driver.
If you’d like to rent a car, you may find the details of all car rental booths available at our airport here.
Our new signage and floor markings have been installed to help you find your way around the terminal, whilst keeping safe distances. We have also reorganised our seating in a way that meets social distancing requirements and installed protective panes at customer service desks to help limit unnecessary contact between our guests and front-line staff. Passenger flows have also been restructured in order to limit the unnecessary crossing of paths of travelling and non-travelling guests.
An investment in new technologies will help us deliver on our promise of protecting your health. Technologies in place will allow you to scan your passport and boarding pass at check-in, minimising interaction with our front-line staff as much as possible. Through our agglomeration detection technology, on the other hand, we will be alerted in real-time if social distancing is not maintained by passengers, permitting the team on the floor to take prompt action. Thermal screening cameras will help us detect passengers having a high temperature, with the least inconvenience possible.
Our cleaning and disinfection schedules have been aligned to the recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). This means that we are cleaning and disinfecting our terminal – especially surfaces that are regularly touched such as buttons and handles – more frequently and intensively. Special attention is also being given to the cleaning of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units and testing of centralised drinking water distribution systems.
We also coordinate our efforts with those of all our airport stakeholders to ensure that the same hygiene and cleanliness standards are upheld across the terminal.
While we are doing our best to keep the terminal spotless, remember that personal hygiene is crucial as well. Clean your hands frequently by washing them with soap and water – our washrooms are equipped with touchless facilities – or by using the alcohol-based rub available at the sanitising stations around the terminal. It is also recommended that you have your own 100ml hand sanitising gel bottle handy throughout the journey, which can also be carried through security.
While we have put a lot of effort into limiting unnecessary contact between airport guests and staff, we have assembled and trained an Airport Care Team, whose primary role will be the facilitation of your journey whilst ensuring that health and safety recommendations are being observed by all airport guests. Members of this team will be roaming the terminal and wearing light blue vests in order for our guests to identify them easily should they need assistance.
Remember that it is obligatory to wear a face mask inside the terminal, and that it is recommended that you change your mask every 4 hours. Pack enough face masks in your hand luggage for your entire trip including the time spent at the airport of origin, the time spent on the aircraft, and the time spent at the airport of your destination. Only children who are under 3 years of age and people having a valid medical reason are exempt from wearing face masks or visors.
Please be informed that, while the use of face masks is obligatory on board an aircraft, some airlines may prohibit the use of face shields or visors, while some airlines may specifically require that a surgical mask is worn. It is recommended to contact your airline before your flight to inquire about its policy on the use of face masks on board the aircraft.
Be sure to arrive at the terminal at least two and a half (2.5) hours before your flight departure time. This will allow you enough time for all airport processes such as check-in and security screening as well as any Covid-related procedures in place. However, it is recommended that check-in formalities are completed online in accordance with the instructions of your airline.
Should you be experiencing any one of the following Covid-19 symptoms – a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell – on the day of your travels, we urge you to act responsibly and postpone your trip. Seek the guidance of the public health authorities by calling +356 111.
- Complete online check-in formalities in accordance with the instructions of your airline
- It is recommended to travel light. Kindly also note that baggage wrapping services are not currently available at our airport.
- Say your goodbyes outside of the terminal building; non-travelling guests will not be allowed to accompany you inside
- There are two designated smoking areas after security; one may be found next to Gate 1 inside the Departures Hall while the other is available on the terrace of the La Valette Club Departures Lounge
- Put on your face mask before entering the terminal building (while the use of face masks is also obligatory on board an aircraft, airlines may prohibit the use of face shields or visors)
- Expect to be subjected to body temperature screening before entering the Check-in Hall. If your body temperature exceeds 37.2oC, you will be interviewed by the Public Health Authorities and may be asked to leave the airport.
- Keep a safe distance by following the signs and floor markings
- Have your boarding pass handy, preferably on your mobile phone
- It is recommended that you check in your bags
- Newly introduced technologies will enable you to scan your passport and boarding pass at the Check-in Desks without interacting with staff. However, should you need a helping hand, do look out for members of our Airport Care team wearing light blue vests for guidance.
- Smoking is permitted on the terrace just outside the Costa Coffee outlet inside the Check-In Hall.
At the Security Screening Area
- Keep a safe distance by following the signage and floor markings
- Security checks may take a little longer than usual; please be patient
- We will do our best to avoid contact screening, but this may be necessary for safety reasons
- While our security screening trays are cleaned frequently, we recommend you clean your hands with the alcohol-based rub available at the sanitising stations found as you make your way out of the security screening area.
Departures Areas & Boarding
- Keep a safe distance by following the signage and floor markings, even when in outlets and eateries
- A designated smoking area is available next to Gate 1, and another is available on the terrace of the La Valette Club Departures Lounge
- Water fountains are currently unavailable for your safety
- We have reorganised seating for the purposes of social distancing; unavailable seating is clearly marked
- The wait to use the washrooms may be longer than usual; we apologise for this and ask for your understanding. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water after using the restrooms and otherwise as frequently as possible.
- Boarding processes may take longer than usual; please be patient. Approach the Gate in accordance with the given instructions.
- Should you need a helping hand, do look out for members of our Airport Care team wearing light blue vests for guidance.
- Continue maintaining safe distances on aircraft coaches
Arrival in Malta & Baggage Reclaim
- If you experience any of the Covid-19 symptoms while in flight, inform the crew immediately and do not leave your seat.
- Expect to be subjected to body temperature screening immediately after arrival. If your body temperature exceeds 37.2 oC, you can expect to be interviewed by Public Health officials. All guests will be asked to fill in a passenger locator form, which would enable the health authorities to trace them swiftly should the need arise.
- Keep a safe distance by following the signage and floor markings within the terminal building
- At Baggage Reclaim, you may have to wait for guests who would have arrived earlier before approaching the belt to pick up your luggage. Please maintain a safe distance here.
- Once you pick up your luggage upon arrival and pass through customs, proceed to leave the terminal as soon as possible to reduce the risk of virus transmission, unless you need to make use of the services of the rental car desks, the taxi reservation booth, or the tour operator desks, all of which are located within the Welcomers’ Hall.
Taxis & Public Transport
If you choose to take a taxi or the bus to get to the airport, remember that you would need to wear your mask for the duration of the entire journey. Face masks must also be worn while waiting for the bus at your bus stop. For the full list of guidelines issued by the local public transport provider, please click here, and for an updated bus schedule, including the direct routes to the airport, please click here.
If you choose to rent a car during your stay in Malta, you may be asked by the car rental company to drop off your car keys at the airport. In this case, please deposit your keys at the MIA Information Desk located at Check-in prior to departure.
The airport’s customer service representatives will have the keys returned to the appropriate car rental company. This service is limited to the following car rental companies represented at the airport:
Active Car Rental
Aquarius Rent a Car
Auto Car Rentals
Baldacchino Curmi Rentals
Cabs Upfront Malta
Car Rentals Ltd
Down Under Garage
E Cabs Car Hire
JL Car Rentals
Josef Car Hire
JS Car Hire
KWL Rent a Car
Merlin Car Hire
Nova Car Rentals
Paul & Rocco
Percius Car Hire
Pitt’s Rent a Car
Swift Car Hire
Trust Rent a Car
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you will have to keep your mask on – covering both your nose and mouth – inside the terminal. Only children who are under 3 years of age and people having a valid medical reason are exempt from wearing a face mask. At the terminal, you must dispose of face masks or gloves within the refuse containers provided only.
Remember that the use of face masks becomes more effective in stopping the spread of viral particles when coupled with other measures, including maintaining safe physical distances, observing coughing and sneezing etiquette, and maintaining excellent hand hygiene. It is recommended that you change your mask every 4 hours, so do not forget to pack enough face masks for your entire journey. Please be informed that, while the use of face masks is obligatory on board an aircraft, airlines may prohibit the use of face shields or visors.
New signage and floor markings have been introduced throughout the terminal to help you keep the required distances and guide you in relation to the use of washrooms and maximum lift capacity.
For your safety and security, we have limited access to certain landside retail and F&B outlets that were previously also accessible to visitors to travelling guests only. We encourage you to heed the instructions on the signage installed in our outlets and to ask members of staff for assistance should you have any difficulties. Whenever possible, please pay using a credit card or mobile phone to avoid the unnecessary handling of bank notes and coins.
Outlets available before security screening
Outlets available after security screening
If you are travelling with the little ones in tow, remember that children under 3 years of age are exempt from wearing a face mask inside the terminal building.
We have two parenting rooms available; one is located within the Check-In Hall and a second room is located at Departures. We have recently increased the cleaning frequency of these rooms, with special attention to all surfaces, nappy changers and nappy bins, in order to protect the health and safety of our little guests.
Our journey facilitation service for passengers with autism is once again being offered. This service must be booked at least 48 hours prior to one’s flight by filling the form available here and submitting the requested documents.
If you are a La Valette Club member or plan on using any one of VIP services, please note the below:
Pre-Booking of Lounge
All guests who wish to use the lounge when they travel next, are requested to book at least 24 hours before their trip by sending an email, including their flight number and guest details, on email@example.com. This will allow the La Valette team to ascertain that social distancing requirements can be observed in the lounges. An email confirming lounge availability or otherwise will be sent by the team.
Please note that the use of mask is not obligatory while seated at the lounge. A mask must be worn at all other times.
All VIP services, such as meet and greet and porterage, are also being offered subject to availability. Guests are reminded to book these services at least 24 hours prior to their trip via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and not through the La Valette website, until further notice.
Guests booking and making use of the chauffeur service, are reminded that face masks must be worn in the vehicle and that each vehicle will only take up to two guests and a driver.
Complimentary drinks & snacks
In line with the authorities’ guidelines for catering establishments, the buffet option at our Departures lounge will be replaced by waiter service until further notice. Guests will be assigned a table upon checking in at the Departures lounge and will be served by the La Valette team after placing their order. Only complimentary beverages will be made available at the Arrivals lounge.
Unavailability of Publications & iPads
Newspapers, magazines, and iPads will be unavailable to limit our guests’ contact with common surfaces. Should you wish to leave feedback or suggestions, please ask for a comment card and stationery at reception.
Please note that access to the terminal is controlled and largely limited to travelling guests only. Exceptions will be made in special circumstances for a visitor to accompany a travelling guest inside the terminal building; these circumstances include dropping off / picking up a minor and dropping off / picking up a person with reduced mobility.
All outlets within the terminal building are following the authorities’ health and safety recommendations in an effort to protect your wellbeing. When visiting the airport to shop or eat at one of the F&B outlets, remember to follow the signage installed within the respective outlet and to wear your face mask. Whenever possible, please pay using a credit card or mobile phone to avoid the unnecessary handling of bank notes and coins.
The access to certain outlets that were previously accessible to non-travelling visitors has been restricted to travelling guests and airport employees only, to limit the unnecessary crossing of paths of travelling and non-travelling guests.
Outlets and eateries that are accessible to visitors are:
Dr Juice (Check-In Hall)
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Costa Coffee (Welcomers’ Hall)
Burger King (Level -1)
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am – 8:30pm
KFC (Level -1)
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am – 7pm
WH Smith Express
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 2.30pm; 3pm – 7pm; Sundays & Public Holidays, 8am – 10pm
Outlets & Eateries available at SkyParks Business Centre
For a list of outlets and eateries available at SkyParks Business Centre on the airport campus, click here.
Helpline: +356 2132 4086
Helpline: +356 2169 2447
The Malta Tourism Authority’s tourist information office at the Welcomers’ Hall will re-open on Wednesday 1st July. The office will be open from Monday to Sunday between 10am and 9pm.
The contact details of all airlines operating to and from our airport can be found here.