Covid-19 Travel Advice

We are doing our utmost to ensure that you can fully enjoy your journey 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!

 

FLIGHT & DESTINATION INFORMATION

Travel Requirements

To read the latest information issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding restrictions on passengers travelling to and from Malta, please click here

Malta International Airport’s regularly updated flight schedule is available here. Before booking a flight, please contact your airline for guidance in relation to health and safety protocols at your destination or any airline specific requirements in place.

Airline contact details may be found here.

Travel Ban (Red List)

Travel between Malta and any country which is not listed in the Amber List below is currently banned.

Travelling to Malta from the UK

Travel between Malta and the United Kingdom is currently banned. However, Maltese nationals and residents are allowed to travel between the two countries.

Non-Maltese nationals and non-residents travelling to Malta for essential purposes from the United Kingdom must request prior authorisation to travel from the Superintendent for Public Health by sending an e-mail to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.

If you are arriving in Malta from the UK, you will need to present a negative result of a PCR, antigen or  LAMP test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Malta.

Passengers who fail to show a valid test result will be subject to two tests on arrival at the airport and will be required to observe a quarantine period of a maximum of 14 days.

Travel Requirements

All passengers travelling to Malta must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test to representatives of the local Health Authority, upon landing in Malta. This requirement also applies to children and infants. 

The Covid-19 PCR test must be taken within a period not exceeding 72 hours prior to your arrival in Malta. Please have a physical copy of the test result readily available to present to representatives of the local health authority stationed at Malta International Airport.

Passengers who fail to present a negative test result, including children and infants, may be subject to a rapid 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.

AUSTRIA

If you are a third-country national travelling between Malta and Austria, you will not be allowed entry into Austria.

If you are a resident or citizen of Austria, the EU/EEA, Switzerland or any country classified as ‘safe’ by the Austrian government, you will be required to present a negative result of a PCR, LAMP or TMA test taken not more than 72 hours prior to departure or of an antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure. You will also be required to observe a 10-day quarantine period, with the possibility to be released from quarantine after the fifth day upon presentation of a negative PCR or antigen test. If you are entering the country for work, family or educational purposes, any of the above-mentioned tests can be taken up to 7 days prior to your arrival in Austria.

Children under 10 years are exempt from taking a PCR, LAMP, TMA or antigen test.

BELGIUM

If you are travelling to Belgium from Malta, which has been classified as an ‘orange zone country’ by the Belgian authorities (i.e. “a country for which a moderately elevated risk of infection has been identified”), you will not be required to present a negative test upon departure or quarantine upon arrival. You will only be required to fill in an online passenger locator form up to 48 hours prior to your departure.

Based on your answers, you will receive a text message if you are considered ‘high risk’, in which case you will still need to quarantine for 10 days, taking a Covid-19 test on days 1 and day 7.

If you do not receive a text message after completing the form, you do not need to quarantine.

BULGARIA

To enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, you will be required to present the negative result of a PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country. Residents entering the country without a PCR test will be asked to quarantine for 10 days.

CZECH REPUBLIC

While non-essential travel to the Czech Republic is currently banned, non-residents travelling to the country for essential reasons are required to present either a negative result of an antigen test taken 24 hours prior to departure or a negative PCR result of a test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

DENMARK

If you are travelling to Denmark, you must present a negative result of a Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of boarding the aircraft.

You will also be requested to take a rapid test before leaving the airport and observe an isolation period of 10 days.

The isolation period may only be shortened upon presentation of a negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test taken from the fourth day of entry into the country onwards.

FRANCE

If you are travelling from Malta to France, you will be required to present a negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test, taken not more than 72 hours before arrival in France, at check-in. All children under 11 years will be exempt.

GERMANY

If you are travelling from Malta to Germany, you will be required to present to your airline a negative result of a PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA test taken not more than 48 hours prior to your scheduled time of entry into Germany and observe a self-quarantine period of 10 days. Further information regarding quarantine regulations for passengers travelling from risk areas may be found here.

Passengers transiting through Germany must have a negative result of a PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA test taken not more than 48 hours prior to arrival. The test result must be in English, German or French. Passengers who are under six are exempt from this requirement.

GREECE

If you are travelling from Malta to Greece, you will be required to submit a passenger locator form electronically at least a day before entering the country. Upon arrival in Greece, you will also need to present a certificate indicating a negative Covid-19 PCR test result for Covid-19, taken up to 72 hours prior to your departure from Malta. This certificate should be written in English, clearly showing your name and passport or ID card number.

HUNGARY

Travel between Malta and Hungary is banned, except for Hungarian nationals and residents. If you are a Hungarian resident or citizen returning to Hungary from Malta, you must observe a 10-day quarantine period. You may be exempt from observing quarantine only if you present a negative PCR test result upon your arrival and undergo another PCR test at least 48 hours later.

IRELAND

If you are travelling to Ireland, you will be required to present a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Children under 6 years are exempt from this travel requirement.

Upon arrival in Ireland, you must also observe a 14-day quarantine period, with the possibility to be released from quarantine after the fifth day upon presentation of a negative PCR test.

ITALY

If you are travelling to Italy, you will be required to present a negative result of a rapid or a molecular test taken up to 48 hours prior to entry into the country. You will also be required to quarantine for a period of five days upon arrival in Italy and undergo a second molecular or antigen test at the end of the five-day isolation period. If the result is negative, you will no longer need to self-isolate.

LITHUANIA

If you are travelling to Lithuania from Malta, you will only be allowed to enter the country provided that you take a Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours before your arrival in the country or self-isolate for 10 days. Passengers under 16 years are exempt from this travel requirement.

NETHERLANDS

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from Malta, you will be required to present a negative result of a NAAT or PCR test performed not more than 24 hours prior to boarding the aircraft. You may also choose to present a negative result of a NAAT or PCR test performed up to 72 hours before arriving in the Netherlands, together with a negative rapid test result of a sample collected up to 24 hours prior to boarding. In this case, you will also be required to present a negative result of a PCR test taken not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in the Netherlands.

Passengers under 13 years are exempt from this travel requirement

Moreover, you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands, with the possibility of getting tested after 5 days. If the result of this PCR test is negative, self-quarantine can be ended.

For more information regarding travel requirements, please click here.

POLAND

If you are travelling from Malta to Poland, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival unless you can provide a proof of a negative PCR test result taken up to 48 hours prior to your arrival in the country or a certificate of vaccination.

PORTUGAL

If you are travelling from Malta to Portugal, you are required to present a negative PCR test result and may be subject to airport screening upon arrival. Children under the age of 2 years are exempt from this requirement.

ROMANIA

Malta has been classified as a country of high epidemiological risk by the Romanian government. This means that if you are travelling to Romania from Malta, you must present a negative result of a PCR test taken not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in the country. You will also be required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the country, or for 14 days if you do not present a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

If you received your second Covid-19 vaccination more than 10 days prior to your departure to Romania, you are exempt from observing quarantine.

SPAIN

The Spanish government has classified Malta as a ‘high risk country’. If you are travelling to Spain from Malta, you will be required to present the negative result of a PCR, LAMP or TMA test taken not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in the country. Upon arrival in Spain, you may be subjected to further health checks at the airport and you maybe be required to undergo another diagnostic Covid-19 test. Children under 6 years are exempt from these travel requirements.

SWITZERLAND 

If you are travelling from Malta to Switzerland, you will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR result of a test taken within 72 hours of boarding or a rapid antigen test conducted less than 24 hours prior to boarding. However, to cross the Swiss border, you will need a negative PCR test result which is not older than 72 hours. This test may be carried out at the border or immediately after entering Switzerland. Children under 12 years will not be subject to the testing requirement.

You will also be required to observe a self-quarantine period of 10 days.

TUNISIA

If you are travelling from Malta to Tunisia, you will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours before the check-in time at the airport of departure. You will also be required to observe a 5-day self-quarantine period upon arrival in the country. Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from this travel requirement.

TURKEY

If you are travelling to Turkey from Malta, are required to present results of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure of their flight (i.e. a maximum of 72 hours between the sample delivery time and the scheduled time of departure of the flight).

The test must be a nucleic acid test and results thereof may be presented in a digital format.

You must also register your arrival in Turkey here within 72 hours prior to departure.

Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the PCR test and registration form requirements.

The requirement to submit a negative PCR test is also applicable to passengers who avail themselves of accommodation services while waiting for a connection flight, but does not apply to flight crew and transit passengers.

International transit passengers do not need to register their arrival in Turkey, but should take into account the requirements of their final destination in relation to travel requirements.

UNITED KINGDOM

A ban on travel between Malta and the United Kingdom is currently in place. If you are a British national / resident returning to the United Kingdom, you will be required to observe a mandatory 10-day quarantine period upon arrival in the country. You will also be required to present a negative PCR, antigen or LAMP Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours before your departure. Children under the age of 11 years are exempt from this travel requirement.

Maltese nationals and residents are allowed to travel to Malta.

If you are not a Maltese national or a resident in Malta but are travelling to Malta for essential purposes from the United Kingdom, you must request prior authorisation to travel from the Superintendent for Public Health by sending an e-mail to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.

Given the current Travel Ban Order and Brexit proceedings, only UK nationals who have applied for a Maltese residency permit and have received an interim receipt issued by the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs will be allowed to travel from the United Kingdom to Malta for repatriation purposes.

Upon arrival from the UK, you will need to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Malta.

For a more comprehensive list of countries and travel requirements, click here.

(last updated on: 20.04.2021)

Departures - Forms & Declarations

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.

AUSTRIA

Prior to your arrival in Austria, you must also complete a Pre-Travel Clearance Form. This can be completed digitally here or by printing and completing the below forms:

Pre-Travel Clearance Form_DE

Pre-Travel Clearance Form_EN

Passengers travelling to Austria are required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.

BELGIUM

Fill in the online passenger locator found at this link 48 hours before your arrival in the country.

If you are unable to fill in the online form, you may download and complete the form below:

Passenger Locator Form – English

The need to quarantine will be determined based on the answers provided in the passenger locator form and the colour code of the country you are arriving from.

You must also fill in the online form available here (or download and complete the form here) stating that you are travelling for essential purposes. Please carry this form with you at all times.

If you are travelling on business, you must ask your employer to fill in the form available here. This will generate a code, which is to be used when filling in the Passenger Locator Form.

BULGARIA

Before travelling to Bulgaria, you will be required to download and fill in the health declaration form found here.

DENMARK

You may find information regarding the forms and certificates required by passengers entering Denmark at this link.

FRANCE

Fill in the passenger locator form found here.

GERMANY

Fill in the passenger locator form found here. You must also register your arrival electronically at this link and carry the confirmation of registration with you throughout your journey.

GREECE

Fill in the online passenger locator form found at this link.

HUNGARY

Fill in the forms available at this link.

IRELAND

Fill in the online passenger locator form found here

ITALY & SICILY 

Download and fill in the self declaration form found below in your preferred language.

Self Declaration Form – English

Self Declaration Form – Italian

In addition to this form, you will be required to fill in the below document issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs Form – Italian

You must also complete a Covid-19 self-certification form to be able to move freely in Italy following the introduction of a curfew and new travel restrictions in the new DPCM, which divides the regions into different bands. The form is available here.

If you have been in a non-Schengen/non-EU area in the 14 days prior to your flight to Italy, you are also required to fill in the below form in their preferred language.

Non-Schengen Non-EU Form – English

Non-Schengen Non-EU Form – Italian

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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.

LUXEMBOURG

Download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.

NETHERLANDS

Download and fill in a health declaration form in your preferred language:

Health Declaration Form – English

Health Declaration Form – French

Health Declaration Form – Spanish

Passengers under 13 years do not need to fill in this form.

In addition to the health declaration form, you are also required to download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.

As of 29 December 2020, all passengers, including Dutch nationals, must present a recent negative PCR test declaration prior to boarding an aircraft bound for the Netherlands and may be asked to present the test result once again upon arrival in the Netherlands. You will also need to present a filled-in negative test result declaration form, which can be found here.

For more information regarding travel requirements, please click here.

POLAND

Download and fill in the passenger locator form found here.

PORTUGAL

Fill in the online passenger locator card which is available on the country’s Clean and Safe portal in English here and in Portuguese here. Printed forms should only be used as a last resort.

ROMANIA

Fill in the online form found at this link.

SPAIN

Fill in the health control form found at this link, or via the free app Spain Travel Health-SPTH. Upon completion of the form, you will receive a QR code, which is to be presented upon arrival in Spain.

SWITZERLAND 

Fill in and submit the electronic form found here. Alternatively, you may download and fill in a paper version of the form here.

This form must be completed by each person entering Switzerland. In the case of children and persons under guardianship, the form may be completed by the person with whom they are travelling or by a legal guardian.

TUNISIA

Fill in the online form found at this link. In addition to this, you are also required to fill in a second online form found at this link.

If you are travelling to Tunisia from a red zone, you must also download and fill in this Commitment Form.

TURKEY

Register your arrival in Turkey here. The form must be filled in within 72 hours prior to departure. If you are transiting through Istanbul, you do not need to fill in this form.

UNITED KINGDOM

Fill in the online passenger locator found at this link.

British nationals / residents returning to the United Kingdom are required to observe a mandatory 10-day quarantine period upon arrival in the country. All passengers over the age of 11 years who are travelling to the United Kingdom are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test, taken up to 72 hours before their departure.

While flights between Malta and the United Kingdom are currently suspended, Maltese nationals and residents will be allowed to travel to Malta. Non-Maltese nationals and non-residents travelling to Malta for essential purposes from the United Kingdom must request prior authorisation to travel from the Superintendent for Public Health by sending an e-mail to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.

Passengers arriving from the UK will need to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Malta. Passengers who fail to show a valid test result will be subject to two tests on arrival at the airport and will be required to observe a quarantine period of a maximum of 14 days.

Arrivals - Form & Declaration

All passengers travelling to Malta are required by the Superintendence of Public Health for Malta to complete:

a. the Public Health Travel Declaration Form

b. the Passenger Locator Form 

and present both forms to health officials stationed at 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, all passengers are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test to representatives of the local health authority, after landing in Malta. This requirement also applies to children and infants. 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, will be subject to a rapid test upon arrival at Malta International Airport and may be required to observe a quarantine period. 

All passenger flights between Malta and the United Kingdom are currently suspended. While Maltese nationals and residents will be allowed to travel, non-Maltese nationals and non-residents travelling to Malta for essential purposes from the United Kingdom must request prior authorisation to travel from the Superintendent for Public Health by sending an e-mail to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.

Given the current Travel Ban Order and Brexit proceedings, only UK nationals who have applied for a Maltese residency permit and have received an interim receipt issued by the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs will be allowed to travel from the United Kingdom to Malta for repatriation purposes.

Passengers arriving from the UK will need to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Malta. Passengers who fail to show a valid test result will be subject to two tests on arrival at the airport and will be required to observe a quarantine period of a maximum of 14 days.

For further information, please contact the Public Health Authorities on covid19.health@gov.mt.

FLYING TO MALTA & YOUR STAY HERE

Arriving in Malta

All passengers travelling to Malta are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, prior to boarding their flight.

Passengers who do not present a negative test result will be subject to a rapid test at Malta International Airport, and may also be asked to observe a quarantine period upon arrival.

Additionally, all passengers arriving in Malta can expect to be subject to body temperature screening immediately after arrival. If your body temperature exceeds 37.2oC, you can expect to be interviewed by Public Health officials.

As of 22.12.2020, all passenger flights between Malta and the United Kingdom have been suspended. While Maltese nationals and residents will be allowed to travel, non-Maltese nationals and non-residents travelling to Malta for essential purposes from the United Kingdom must request prior authorisation to travel from the Superintendent for Public Health by sending an e-mail to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.

Passengers arriving from the UK will need to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Malta. Passengers who fail to show a valid test result will be subject to two tests on arrival at the airport and will be required to observe a quarantine period of a maximum of 14 days.

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 is open from Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) 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.

Your Stay in Malta

Please note that the wearing of masks in both indoor and outdoor public areas is mandatory. The use of visors alone is discouraged. 

Museums & Cultural Sites

Museum and cultural sites are currently closed.

Bars & Restaurants

While bars are currently closed, most restaurants are still open for take-away and delivery. Please note, however, that an 11pm curfew on restaurants is also currently in place.

Transport

If you are using public transport during your stay in Malta, you are strongly encouraged to purchase a Tallinja Card. Should you choose to pay by cash on the bus, however, you are required to have the exact fare as no change can be given by the driver.

If you’re interested in renting a car, you may find the details of all car rental booths available at our airport here, while taxi fares from Malta International Airport to several destinations around Malta may be found here.

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT & TRAVELLING THROUGH THE TERMINAL

Plan Ahead

Remember that it is obligatory to wear a face mask in both outdoor and indoor public spaces, 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 a face mask. The use of visors alone is discouraged. 

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.

The Main Touch Points of your Journey: What to Expect

Before Check-in

  • 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.

 

At Check-In

  • 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 health declaration form and 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.
Transport Options

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.

Car Rentals

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
Bjorn Garage
Burmarrad Commercials
Butterfly Garage
Cabs Upfront Malta
Car Rentals Ltd
Down Under Garage
Drifter
Drive-away
E Cabs Car Hire
E.M.M
Europcar
First Active
Franklin Garage
Hertz
JL Car Rentals
Josef Car Hire
JS Car Hire
KWL Rent a Car
Liverpool Garage
M Cabs
Merlin Car Hire
Mexico Garage
Nova Car Rentals
Paul & Rocco
Percius Car Hire
Peters Garage
Pitt’s Rent a Car
Pyramid
Sixt
Star Services
Sundrive
Supercar
Swift Car Hire
Trust Rent a Car
Unicar
X Cabs

A Few things to Keep in Mind

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.

Shopping & Dining at the Airport

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 Check-In*

Burger King

Costa Coffee

KFC

Pharmacy

WHSmith

Epic

Outlets available before security screening

Costa Coffee

Dr Juice

Outlets available after security screening

Eateries**

Cleland & Souchet

Costa Coffee

Relish

Retail*

Dufry

Hard Rock Retail

Hebe

Parfois

Saltwater

WHSmith

*In line with the public health regulations which are currently in place, all retail outlets (with the exception of WHSmith, the airport pharmacy and Epic which offer essential services) are closed until further notice.

**Our dining outlets and restaurants are currently only open for take-away.

Family Travel

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.

Journey Facilitation Service

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.

La Valette Members & VIP services

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 info@lavaletteclub.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.

VIP Services
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 info@lavaletteclub.com 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.

OUR EFFORTS TO SAFEGUARD YOUR HEALTH

Social Distancing Measures

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.

New Technologies

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.

Cleaning & Hygiene

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.

Our Airport Care Team

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.

AIRPORT VISITORS

Dropping off / Picking Up Someone

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.

Shopping and Dining at the Airport

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

Hebe

Samsonite

Vodafone

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am – 7pm

WH Smith Express

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am – 7pm

 

Pharmacy

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 2.30pm; 3pm – 7pm; Sundays & Public Holidays, 8am – 10pm

 

SkyParks Business Centre

For a list of outlets and eateries available at SkyParks Business Centre on the airport campus, click here.

USEFUL CONTACT DETAILS & FAQs

Local Health Authorities

Helpline: +356 2132 4086

Email: covid19.health@gov.mt

Malta Tourism Authority

Helpline: +356 2169 2447

Email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com

 

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.

Airlines

The contact details of all airlines operating to and from our airport can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I take a Covid-19 PCR test at the airport?

Covid-19 PCR tests are currently only carried out on passengers arriving from countries and regions on Malta’s amber list. This list of destinations concerned can be found in the Travel Requirements section above.

2. Do I need to take a Covid-19 PCR test before travelling to Malta? 

Yes, but only if you are travelling to Malta from a country or region currently on Malta’s amber list. This list of destinations concerned can be found in the Travel Requirements section above.

3. I am travelling from a country on Malta’s amber list. Can I still travel to Malta if I am unable to take a Covid-19 PCR test prior to my flight? 

If you are unable to take a Covid-19 PCR test in good time prior to your flight, Local Health Authorities may ask you to take the test upon arrival at Malta International Airport. Quarantine may also be required.

4. I’m travelling from a ‘Safe Corridor’ country but transiting through a country listed on Malta’s amber list.  Do I still have to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result ? 

Kindly contact the Local Health Authorities on covid19.vetting@gov.mt / covid19.health@gov.mt  prior to travelling for further information in this regard.

5. Do I need to wear a face mask to travel? 

Yes, anyone who is 3 years and over must wear a face mask covering both nose and mouth in all outdoor and indoor public spaces, including the terminal and the aircraft. Only travellers who are under 3 years of age or have a valid medical reason are exempt from wearing a face mask. The use of visors alone is discouraged.

While the use of face masks is obligatory on board 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 thus recommended to contact your airline before your flight.

6. Can I buy a face mask at the airport? 

Yes, face masks may be bought from the airport pharmacy and vending machines available both inside the terminal and prior to entering the building.

7. What documents do I require to travel to and from Malta?

Arriving in Malta

Passengers travelling to Malta are required to submit:

Additionally, a negative PCR test is required for all passengers arriving from countries or regions on the Malta’s amber list.

Departing from Malta:

The documents required for departing passengers depend on the country of destination. You may find the documents required for entry in several countries under the section “Departures – Forms & Declarations”  here.

It is also recommended that you contact the airline for further details on the documentation required.

8. Will I be screened upon arrival in Malta? 

Yes, all arriving and departing passengers are thermally screened. If your body temperature exceeds 37.2oC, you will be interviewed by the Local Health Authorities and may be asked to leave the airport.