Arriving in Malta

Important Information for Passengers Arriving in Malta:

Passengers travelling to Malta are required to be in possession, prior to boarding the aircraft, of a completed Passenger Locator and Health Declaration Form, which may be downloaded here, together with a negative result of a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken not later than 72 hours before arriving in Malta.

Passengers in possession of a valid Maltese vaccine certificate can present this in lieu of the negative test result. Eventually, passengers of foreign nationalities will be able present their national COVID-19 vaccination certificate instead of a PCR test result, provided that the certificate format has been approved by the Maltese Superintendent of Public Health.

Passengers who fail to present either document, together with the relevant declaration forms, at the airport of departure, will be denied boarding.

Guests who will be travelling to Malta with children are advised that these entry requirements do not apply to passengers who are under five years of age.

Guests who arrive in Malta will be asked to present their health documentation for verification by public health officials before they exit the terminal. Any passengers failing to meet any of the abovementioned requirements will be subject to mandatory 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).

 

Below, you may find information regarding your arrival at our airport, requirements for entry into the country and country-wide restrictions which are currently in place.


 

Forms and Declarations

 

Before travelling to Malta, you are required to complete a Passenger Locator and Health Declaration Form, which may be downloaded here. A physical copy of the completed form must be presented to health officials when requested. 

 


 

Travel Ban (Red List)

 

In view of the new variant strains of COVID-19, unauthorized high-risk travel to and from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and South Africa is still not permitted. Unauthorised travel to and from countries which are not listed on Malta’s Amber List (available in the next section) is also not permitted, unless travelers have spent at least the previous 14 days in one of the countries listed on Malta’s Amber List before reaching Malta.

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 sending an e-mail to covid19.vetting@gov.mt.
  • present a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR 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 PCR test required to be taken between days 5 and 7 of your quarantine.

 


 

Travel Restrictions (Amber List)

 

If you are travelling from one of the countries or cities included in Malta’s Amber Travel List, which are listed below, you must present a negative PCR test result to representatives of the local Health Authority, upon landing in Malta. This requirement also applies to children aged 5 years and over. 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 in possession of a valid Maltese vaccine certificate can present this in lieu of the negative test result.

Any passengers failing to meet this requirement will be subject to mandatory 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).

The countries on Malta’s Amber List are:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City.

For information about travelling to any of the countries listed above, please click here.

 


 

Airport Screening and Testing Facilities

 

Covid-19 Testing

 

Returning Passengers

All passengers aged 5 years and over who are travelling to Malta must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test to representatives of the local Health Authority, upon landing in Malta.

The Covid-19 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 physical copy of the test result readily available to present to representatives of the local health authority stationed at Malta International Airport.

Passengers in possession of a valid Maltese vaccine certificate can present this in lieu of the negative test result.

Passengers who fail to present either document, 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 will be subject to mandatory 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.

 


 

Public Health Measures in Malta

 

Face Masks

The wearing of masks in both indoor and outdoor public areas is mandatory, while the use of visors alone is discouraged.

However, the use of masks on beaches and at pools, though still recommended, is not enforced by law.

 

Museums & Cultural Sites

From the beginning of June until the end of October, Heritage Malta’s museums and cultural sites will be open at the following times:

  • Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum: Open daily from 09.00 to 17.00hrs. Last minute tickets for the Hypogeum can only be purchased on site.

On Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the following museums and sites will be open from 10.00 to 16.30hrs:

  • Għar Dalam and Borġ in-Nadur
  • Tarxien Temples
  • Inquisitor’s Palace
  • Domvs Romana
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • The Citadel museums and sites

All week except Tuesdays, the following museums and sites will be open from 10.00 to 16.30hrs:

  • The National Museum of Archaeology
  • MUŻA
  • The Palace Armoury
  • Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum
  • Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples
  • Fort St Angelo
  • St Paul’s Catacombs
  • Skorba and Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples
  • Ġgantija Temples
  • Ta’ Kola Windmill

The following museums and sites are temporarily closed until further notice:

  • Ta’ Bistra Catacombs
  • Fortress Builders Interpretation Centre
  • The Malta Maritime Museum
  • The Palace State Rooms

For further information, click here.

 

Public Gatherings

A maximum of six persons from different households may gather in public places. The measure does not apply to persons who live in the same household. Groups of over six persons in public places will be subject to a €300 fine each, unless a social distance of two metres between them is observed.

 

Restaurants & Bars

Bars and restaurants are open until midnight.

 

Theatres and Cinemas

All theatres and cinemas are open.

 

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.

 


 

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