Arriving in Malta

Last Updated On: 14/01/2022 at 14:25

 

Important Information for Passengers Arriving in Malta:


 

Vaccination Certificate Required for Travel to Malta

Travel requirements from Monday 17th January:

Adults Aged 18 Years & Over

To be considered valid, vaccine certificates issued by the Maltese Authorities for adults aged 18 years and over must confirm that the person has received one of the following:
  • Primary vaccination schedule* with last dose administered not more than 3 months previously.

OR

  • Primary vaccination schedule* and booster with last dose of booster administered not more than 9 months previously.

Children Aged 12-17 Years

To be considered valid, vaccine certificates issued by the Maltese Authorities for children aged 12-17 years must confirm that the person has received the primary vaccination schedule*.
*​Primary schedule: the initial course of vaccination as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer, i.e. two doses of Spikevax (Moderna), Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca), or one dose of the Jannsen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Temporary Exemption criteria for passengers travelling with a Vaccination Certificate issued by the Maltese Authorities

Persons who have a valid residency card and are returning to Malta between the 17th January 2022 and 1st February 2022 would be granted a temporary exemption, with respect to the validity of the vaccine certificate, in line with these standards. This thus allows them to enter Malta with the vaccine certification requirements in place prior to the 17th January 2022. Following this date, persons who do not possess a valid vaccine certificate will be asked to undergo a period of 14 days quarantine on their arrival.

Exemption

Those persons who have a valid residency card and who were already abroad as of the 17th January 2022 and are repatriating back to Malta will be exempt from quarantine if they have a vaccination certificate with a primary schedule of vaccination, provided they provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival to Malta and would have applied for and take the booster dose within 5 days from arrival to Malta. This exemption does not apply to persons returning from dark red zones.

The above does not apply to passengers travelling to Malta who reside in foreign countries. 

 

Travel requirements until Sunday 16th January:

Guests, aged 12 and older, can only travel to Malta without being required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine if they are in possession of a vaccination certificate, confirming that the full dosage of a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine (i.e. Comirnaty [Pfizer] – 2 doses, Jannsen [Johnson & Johnson] – 1 dose, Spikevax [Moderna] – 2 doses, Vaxzevria [AstraZeneca] – 2 doses, Novavax – 2 doses) was received, and issued at least 14 days from the date of the administration of the final dose of the vaccine. A certificate with 2 different EMA-approved vaccines from the below recognised vaccine certificates is accepted as valid.

 

Recovery and One Vaccine Certificate

Vaccine certificates showing recovery from COVID in the previous six months, in addition to one dose of an EMA approved vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Malta, are also accepted.

 

Approved Vaccine Certificates

The vaccine certificate must confirm that you have received the full dosage of an EMA approved vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Malta. The certificate must also be one which is recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, namely:

  • Maltese Vaccination Certificate
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate (Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vatican City have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework, and therefore, the vaccination certificates issued by the countries’ health authorities are also being accepted by the Maltese Authorities)
  • Albanian Digital COVID Certificate / Certifikate dixhitale shqiptare COVID
  • Arab Republic of Egypt Vaccine Certificate
  • Armenia Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued through the United Information System of Electronic Healthcare in the Republic of Armenia
  • Australian Vaccine Certificate verified through the Medicare Express Plus App
  • Republic of Azerbaijan Vaccination Card
  • Kingdom of Bahrain Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
  • Government of Bermuda Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Official Chile Digital Vaccination Certificate
  • Colombia MiVacuna COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Doha, Qatar Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Canada COVID-19 Provincial Immunisation Records of the following provinces, as verified by the Verifly app: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Dubai Health Authority Vaccination Certificate with a readable QR code
  • Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey Vaccination Certificates
  • Iraq Covid-19 Vaccination Card issued by Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Japan Vaccination Certificate of COVID-19 (verified using VeriFLY)
  • Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Health Vaccination Card for COVID-19
  • Kuwait Vaccination Certificate
  • Lebanon Vaccination Certificate
  • State of Libya National Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Malaysian Covid-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate verified through MySehatara App
  • Moldova Vaccination Certificate as issued by the Moldova Ministry of Health
  • Sultanate of Oman Immunisation Certificate for COVID-19
  • Palestinian Ministry of Health Vaccination Certificate
  • Republic of Rwanda Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (only on presentation of mobile phone number and respective code)
  • Saudi Arabia Vaccination Certificate issued by sehhaty.sa
  • Serbian Green Certificate with a readable QR code
  • Singapore Vaccination Certificate
  • South Korea Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued through the COOV app.
  • Turkish Vaccination Certificate with a readable QR code
  • UAE Al Hosn Vaccine Certificate
  • United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine, verified digitally through the VeriFLY app.
  • United Kingdom Vaccination Certificates: 
    • England: NHS Covid Pass (Digital App and NHS Letter)
    • Wales: NHS Covid Pass Letter
    • Scotland: NHS Letter demonstrating Covid-19 vaccination status
    • Northern Ireland: Interim proof of vaccination document which is valid until 11:59pm on 31st July 2021

 

The Maltese Health Authority is also accepting recognised vaccine certificates with a booster dose of an EMA approved vaccine following a primary full schedule with a WHO approved vaccine on a recognised vaccine certificate.  

 

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

  • Certificate of recovery from Covid-19 without a vaccine;
  • Vaccine appointment card;
  • Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose;
  • Certificates for vaccines which are not approved by the European Medicines Agency;
  • Negative Rapid Antigen Test, whether on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise.

 

Arriving Without Vaccination Certificate

Negative Nasopharyngeal PCR Test Requirement

Any person who enters the country without a recognised vaccination certificate must be in possession of a negative result of a nasopharyngeal PCR test which was taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Malta. You will not be able to board your flight to Malta without this document. You will also be required to observe a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days upon arrival in Malta.

Quarantine Requirement

Travelers arriving in Malta without a vaccination certificate will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days in accommodation allocated by the Superintendent of Public Health. This requirement applies to all arriving passengers travelling without a recognised vaccination certificate, with the exception of:

  • Persons who cannot take a Covid-19 vaccine due to pregnancy (evidence by a medical doctor must be presented, read Exemptions* section below).
  • Persons who cannot take a Covid-19 vaccine for medical reasons (written approval must be granted from the Superintendent of Public Health, read Exemptions* section below).
  • Persons between the ages of 5 and 11 years, both ages included.
  • Children aged between 12 and 15 years (both ages included) who are Maltese residents, who may self-isolate at their residence. All persons within the same household will need to quarantine.
  • Persons aged over 16 years who are Maltese residents, who may also request permission from the Superintendent of Public Health to observe their quarantine period at an alternative address by completing the form available here. All persons within the same household will need to quarantine.

Persons who observe quarantine in accommodation allocated by the Superintendent of Public Health will be required to pay a fee of EUR100 per night as stipulated in Legal Notices 229 and 230 of 2021, which includes a breakfast meal delivered to their room.

*Exemptions

Persons who cannot take any of the approved Covid-19 vaccines for medical reasons and who shall be travelling to Malta from ‘Red’ zones, may request an exemption from quarantine on arrival by sending an email with all relevant documentation to covid19.health@gov.mt, with the following subject line – EXEMPTION REQUEST: [Name of person for whom the application is being requested].

A valid, verifiable medical certificate which includes clear contact details of one’s medical specialist or consultant must be attached in this email request. Should the exemption be granted, the passenger must obtain a negative certificate of a nasopharyngeal PCR test performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival in Malta. A copy of the exemption letter from the Superintendent of Public Health must also be presented on arrival.

Pregnant persons in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, or in instances where the woman’s doctor advises that she should not get vaccinated during pregnancy, are exempt from vaccination requirements and quarantine on arrival from a red country/zone if they present a signed and dated doctor’s certificate to this effect, or their antenatal record card, AND are in possession of a negative nasopharyngeal PCR result performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival into Malta.

Release from Quarantine

A Covid-19 test is generally not required for release from quarantine once the 14 days have elapsed for persons arriving from a Red-listed country. However, the Maltese Public Health Authorities may require persons in quarantine to be tested at their discretion.

Passengers arriving from a country listed on Malta’s Dark Red List will be subject to a nasopharyngeal PCR Covid-19 test upon entry in Malta as well as a nasopharyngeal PCR Covid-19 test between day 10 and day 11 of quarantine. If the test result is negative, the person concerned will be released from quarantine on day 14.

The required nasopharyngeal PCR tests administered by the Maltese Public Health Authorities are carried out against payment of EUR250, as stipulated in Legal Notices 229 and 230 of 2021.

 


 

Exemptions for Travellers

 

  • Children aged between 5 and 11 years (both ages included) may travel to Malta by presenting a negative nasopharyngeal PCR test, which must be taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Malta. Children falling within this category must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians, who in turn must present a recognised vaccine certificate.
  • Children under 5 years of age do not need a PCR test to travel with their fully vaccinated parents or legal guardians.
  • Unaccompanied minors (11 years and under) cannot travel to Malta.
  • Travellers who cannot take any of the approved Covid-19 vaccines for medical reasons and who shall be travelling to Malta from ‘Red’ zones, may request an exemption from quarantine on arrival by sending an email with all relevant documentation to covid19.health@gov.mt, with the following subject line – EXEMPTION REQUEST: [Name of person for whom the application is being requested]. A valid, verifiable medical certificate which includes clear contact details of one’s medical specialist or consultant must be attached in this email request. Should the exemption be granted, the passenger must obtain a negative certificate of a negative nasopharyngeal PCR test performed no longer that 72 hours before arrival in Malta. A copy of the exemption letter from the Superintendent of Public Health must also be presented on arrival.
  • Non-vaccinated pregnant women arriving in Malta from a ‘Red’ country are exempt from mandatory quarantine, as long as they present a signed and dated doctor’s certificate AND/OR their antenatal record card. Pregnant women must also be in possession of a negative result of a negative nasopharyngeal PCR test performed not more than 72 hours before arrival in Malta.

 


 

Digital Passenger Locator Form

 

Before travelling to Malta, you are required to complete a digital Passenger Locator Form, which is available HERE.

 

Upon successfully submitting the form, you will receive a confirmation email with a unique Quick Response (QR) code and a link to download the dPLF in PDF format. A downloaded or printed copy of the completed dPLF will need to be presented at boarding and upon arrival in Malta

 


 

Travel Restrictions: Red List

 

Persons may travel to Malta from the countries indicated below provided that they have not been in any other country not listed below in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Malta:

 

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, China (incl. Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan), Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay,  Vatican City and Vietnam.

 

If you are travelling to Malta from a country listed above, you must be in possession of the following documents prior to boarding your flight:

  • A completed Passenger Locator Form, which is available here.
  • A valid vaccination certificate for a vaccine which is approved by the European Medicines Agency which is recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health. This requirement also applies to children aged 12 years and over. For exemptions, please click HERE.

 

The vaccine certificates which are currently recognised by the Malta Superintendent of Public Health are listed HERE.

 

For information about travelling to any of the above-mentioned countries, please click HERE.

 


 

Travel Restrictions: Dark Red List

 

Travel to and from other countries which are not featured in the Malta’s Red List in the previous section is not permitted. The Superintendent of Public Health may grant an exemption for travelling for essential or necessary reasons. Authorisation to travel may be requested by completing the online authorisation form which is available here.

 

In view of the new variant strains of COVID-19, unauthorized high-risk travel to and from the following countries is not permitted unless travellers have spent at least the previous 14 days in one of the countries listed on Malta’s Amber List or Red List before reaching Malta:

 

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados,  Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Curacao, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati,  Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Martinique, Mayotte, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia (country), Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Cyprus, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Reunion, Saint Barts, Saint Lucia, Saint Maartin (French part), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Stated (minor outlying islands), Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (British), Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia.

 

If you are a Maltese citizen or are in possession a valid Malta resident permit, you will be granted permission to return to Malta from any of these countries, upon meeting the following requirements:

  • request prior authorisation to travel from the Superintendent for Public Health by completing the online authorisation form available here.
  • present a negative result of a nasopharyngeal RT-PCR Covid-19 test which test was taken no longer than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Malta.
  • be subject to testing on arrival at the airport if you fail to show a valid test result against payment of administrative fees as stipulated in Legal Notices 229 and 230 of 2021 (EUR120 for PCR Covid-19 test and, if the passengers in question are not Maltese residents, EUR100 per night for accommodation allocated by the Superintendent of Public Health for mandatory quarantine until a negative test result is received, with the quarantine period being extended in case of a positive or detected result).
  • observe a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days with a repeat nasopharyngeal PCR test required to be taken between days 10 and 11 of your quarantine.  Additional testing may be requested as required by the public health authorities. The quarantine address and the test results are to be forwarded to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt.​

Residents in possession of a valid Maltese ID or Residence Card, whose permanent residence is in Malta, may apply to undergo quarantine at an alternative address if they fulfil criteria outlined below at least ten days prior to their arrival in Malta.

Travellers authorised to travel to Malta from dark red countries who:

  • have a valid Maltese ID or Residence card, and
  • whose permanent residence is in Malta, and
  • who are in possession of a valid recognised vaccine certificate or are under 12 years of age

can apply to undergo quarantine at a residence provided further that they fulfil the following criteria:

  • there are no more than 4 additional persons (apart from the passengers arriving from dark red countries) living at the address where the returning traveller/s will be residing during the quarantine period.
  • any persons aged 12 years and over residing at the same quarantine address as travellers returning from dark red countries need to be fully vaccinated and in passion of a recognised vaccination certificate.

This application form can be accessed from travelauthorisation.gov.mt. Health authorities reserve the right to accept or reject such requests.

Residents of Malta, travelling to Malta from a red country/zone, who are not in possession of a valid, recognised vaccination certificate and would like to request approval to quarantine at an alternative address other than the official quarantine hotel, in line with the Standards for Quarantine for Travellers, have to send their requests for an alternative quarantine location via the  online form available on travelauthorisation.gov.mt.

Health authorities reserve the right to accept or reject such requests.

For more information :  Standards for Quarantine of Travellers Entering the Maltese Islands​​​

 

N.B. Maltese residents who were already expected to enter Malta prior to the 14th of July 2021 from a country listed in this section may enter Malta upon presentation of a valid vaccination certificate for an EMA-approved vaccine which meets the requirements listed HERE.

 


 

Travel Ban

 

Travel to and from regions/countries with known cases of the new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 to Malta will be temporarily banned as from Sunday 28th November 2021 at 00:01 am. At the moment this includes South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

 


 

Airport Screening and Testing Facilities

 

Covid-19 Testing

 

Returning Passengers

Currently, only persons in possession of a valid recognised vaccine certificate for an EMA-approved vaccine are permitted to travel to Malta, except for passengers aged between 5 and 11 years, passengers who are unable to receive a vaccination for medical reasons as well as passengers who have been granted permission to return to Malta by the Superintendent of Public Health, who must present a negative Covid-19 nasopharyngeal PCR test to representatives of the local Health Authority, upon landing in Malta.

The Covid-19 nasopharyngeal PCR test must be taken within a period not exceeding 72 hours prior to your arrival in Malta. If you are travelling to Malta, please have a 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 the abovementioned documentation, together with the relevant declaration forms, at the airport of departure, will be denied boarding. Should passengers, including children over the age of 5 years, arrive in Malta without these documents, they may be subject to mandatory nasopharyngeal PCR testing upon arrival by the Maltese public health authorities against payment of administrative fees as stipulated in Legal Notices 229 and 230 of 2021 (EUR120 for PCR Covid-19 test and, if the passengers in question are not Maltese residents, EUR100 per night for accommodation allocated by the Superintendent of Public Health for mandatory quarantine until a negative test result is received, with the quarantine period being extended in case of a positive or detected result).

 

Rapid Testing Facility

Travelers as well as members of the general public may pre-book an appointment at the rapid antigen testing facility which can be found at Malta International Airport’s Multi-Storey Car Park, Park East, on Level 0. The test is carried out by means of a nasal swab, the results of which are received within 20 to 45 minutes after carrying out the test.

Pre-booking is required. Persons who would like to book a test must book through the online portal here prior to their arrival at the rapid testing facility, and show proof of their confirmed appointment upon arrival. The available testing slots are indicated on the website.

Each nasal swab test is carried out against a payment of €35. Only cashless payments submitted through the website during the booking process will be accepted.

For more information, please visit the website’s FAQ section here or send an email on info@swabbingmalta.com.

 

Temperature Screening

You can expect to be subjected to body temperature screening upon entry into the terminal building. If your body temperature exceeds 37.2oC, you can expect to be interviewed by Public Health officials.

 

Social Distancing

We have also installed new signage and floor markings to help you find your way around the terminal. Please make sure to follow this signage in order to keep safe distances throughout your journey. We have re-organised our seating in a way that meets social distancing requirements. We have also installed protective panes at customer service desks to help limit unnecessary contact between our guests and front-line staff.

 


 

Useful Contact Details

 

Local Health Authorities

Helpline: +356 2132 4086

Email: covid19.health@gov.mt

Website: www.deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/

 

Malta Tourism Authority

Helpline: +356 2169 2447

Email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com

Website: www.visitmalta.com/covid-19

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.

 

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Helpline: +356 2124 2191

Email: foreignaffairs@gov.mt

Website: foreignandeu.gov.mt

 

For Covid-19 consular-related issues, you can contact the Situation Centre at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs on:

Helpline: +356 2204 2200

Email: sitcen.mfea@gov.mt