Arriving in Malta
Last Updated On: 22/09/2021 at 14:15
Important Information for Passengers Arriving in Malta:
Vaccination Certificate Required for Travel to Malta
Travel to Malta with just a negative PCR test result is no longer allowed. Guests, aged 12 and older, can only travel to Malta if they have 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) was received, and issued at least 14 days from the date of the administration of the final dose of the vaccine.
The said vaccine certificate must be one which is recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health, namely:
- Maltese Vaccination Certificate
- EU Digital COVID Certificate (Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Ukraine 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
- Australian Vaccine Certificate verified through the Medicare Express Plus App
- Arab Republic of Egypt Vaccine 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
- Lebanon Vaccination Certificate
- Serbian Green Certificate with a readable QR code
- 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 following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:
- Certificate of recovery from Covid-19;
- Vaccine appointment card;
- Vaccine certificates for only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, also for people who recovered from Covid-19;
- 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 PCR Test Requirement
Any person who enters the country without a recognised vaccination certificate must be in possession of a negative result of a 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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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 an RT-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 RT-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 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.
Exemptions for Travellers
- Children aged between 5 and 11 years (both ages included) may travel to Malta by presenting a negative 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 an RT-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 an RT-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, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, China (incl. Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the following states forming part of the United States of America (Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Republic of Marshall Islands, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming), 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.
N.B. Maltese residents who were already expected to enter Malta prior to the 14th of July 2021 from one of the countries listed above will not be required to quarantine if they are unable to present a valid vaccination certificate, as long as they are in possession of a negative certificate of a PCR Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Malta.
For information about travelling to any of the above-mentioned countries, please click HERE.
Travel Ban (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, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Curacao, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgystan, Lesotho, Liberia, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (country), Montserrat, Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Cyprus, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
Airport Screening and Testing Facilities
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 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 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 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.
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.
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
Anyone who has taken both doses of the vaccine, or received the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and has been fully vaccinated for 14 days, in possession of a vaccine certificate, will be able to stay without a mask in open public places in groups of 2.
Children under the age of 12 may remain without a mask as long as they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person against COVID-19.
People from the same household, irrespective of the number, can also be together without a mask outdoors.
Masks will still have to be worn in closed spaces.
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
- 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.
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 2am.
Theatres and Cinemas
All theatres and cinemas are open.
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
Malta Tourism Authority
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.
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Helpline: +356 2124 2191
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