COVID-19 Coronavirus


 

UPDATE: Airport to Reopen from July 1st 2020

The Prime Minister of Malta Robert Abela announced that the Malta International Airport will reopen as from July 1st 2020. The first group of destinations that are being reopened for travel comprises: Germany, Austria, Sicily, Cyprus, Switzerland, Sardegna, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, and Czech Republic. More destinations will be announced in due course, once clearance from the health authorities is received.

 


 

UPDATE: Extract from NOTAM 23/05/2020

TRAVEL BAN
"The Superintendent of Public Health hereby extends the order of a travel ban on persons to Malta and from Malta to all countries, provided that cargo flights, ferry flights, humanitarian flights, and repatriation flights shall be exempt from this order. The Superintendent of Public Health may, in her absolute discretion, issue and exemption from the provisions of this order, by notice in the Gazette, or by other means, where, in the opinion of the said Superintendent of Public Health, the travel of certain persons or goods is deemed to be essential"
According to the notice, the travel ban has been extended till 15 June at 23:59.
A0466/20 NOTAMR A0366/20


 

UPDATE: Protocols published

A set of procedures have been formulated for a number of tourism establishments and other tourism receiving operations to ensure rigid compliance in the fields of social distancing, enhanced hygienic practices and the minimisation of COVID-19 infection risks by establishments and operations re-opening for domestic and foreign tourism use following their closure earlier this year. Read more about these protocols here.



UPDATE: The Way Forward

During a webinar organised by the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection, the Malta Tourism Authority and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association earlier today, the Minister for Tourism Julia Farrugia Portelli announced that protocols have been prepared for several industry sectors outlining clearly what needs to be done for establishments to reopen to the public. The protocols will be published as soon as these sectors and opening dates are officially announced by the Prime Minister in the coming days. The Minister also announced that bilateral discussions have been initiated with 9 countries for the setting up of safe corridors for travel. https://www.mta.com.mt/en/news-details/254

 


 

UPDATE: Extract from NOTAM 24/04/2020

TRAVEL BAN
"The Superintendent of Public Health hereby extends the order of a travel ban on persons to Malta and from Malta to and from all countries. Provided that cargo flights, ferry flights, humanitarian flights, and repatriation flights shall be exempt from this order. The Superintendent of Public Health may, in her absolute discretion, issue an exemption from the provisions of this order, by notice in the Gazette, or by other means, where, in the opinion of the said Superintendent of Public Health, the travel of certain persons or goods is deemed to be essential. Operators shall obtain prior approval from the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate before any operations."
From: 23 Apr 2020 23:25 To: 31 May 2020 23:59
A0366/20

 


 

NOTICE:
The TOURISM COVID-19 HELPLINE  356 21692447 WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM 08:30 TO 09:30 ON WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020 DUE TO URGENT WORKS. THE EMAIL INFO SERVICE ON tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE.   

 


PASSENGER FLIGHTS SUSPENDED AS FROM 23.59HRS OF FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020 (Issued on 17/03/2020)

Based on a decision taken by the Malta health authorities, all passenger flights inbound to Malta are temporarily suspended. Flights departing before 23.59 UTC on the 20th March 2020 are exempted. The ban does not apply to ferry flights, cargo flights, humanitarian flights and repatriation flights. The Maltese authorities may in special cases exempt individual flights.

Issued by MALTA AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION SERVICES - 17/03/2020 21:31

 


 

GUIDANCE FOR TRAVELLERS (Updated on 16/03/2020)


Tourists entering Malta from any country from 13:30 on 13th March 2020 onwards must spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine, which 14 days start from the last day that they were in any of these countries. This is enforceable by law. Failure to observe this obligation will result in fines of €3,000 for each time it is breached.

In view of the decision taken by the Government of Malta to ban all air and sea travel between Malta and Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain, in addition to previous decision that included Italy, kindly be guided as per below.

For tourists from the mentioned countries currently in Malta

Tourists who have entered Malta after having travelled or transited in any of the following countries at any time from 27 February 2020 onwards must spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine, which 14 days start from the last day that they were in any of these countries. This is enforceable by law. Failures to observe this obligation will result in fines of €3,000 for each time it is breached.

- Italy
- China (including Hong Kong)
- Singapore
- Japan
- Iran
- South Korea

Tourists who have entered Malta after having travelled or transited in any of the following countries at any time from 11 March 2020 onwards must spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine, which 14 days start from the date of their arrival in Malta. This is enforceable by law. Failures to observe this obligation will result in fines of €3,000 for each time it is breached.

- Spain
- Germany
- France
- Switzerland

Persons living in the same households as any of the above persons (all three categories mentioned above) must also spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine. This is enforceable by law. Failures to observe this obligation will result in fines of €3,000 for each time it is breached.

Should any individual in quarantine develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath they are to remain in quarantine and contact 111 or 356 21324086 or email covid19health@gov.mt  to be undergo necessary medical tests.

Travellers should contact 356 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com should they require further information on these guidelines


Travellers staying for less than 14 days must observe mandatory self-quarantine for the entire duration of their stay. It is important that individuals travelling are asymptomatic.

In those cases, where flights to the country of origin are banned, travellers may also choose to ask to be repatriated earlier than planned departure date. Arrangements to be made via their country's Embassy or Consulate in Malta. It is important that individuals travelling are asymptomatic.

How long will this measure be in force?

At this time decision is until further notice. This shall be reviewed as situation in the respective countries evolves and World Health Organisation gives further guidance.


The latest and most updated information related to COVID-19 can be found on the following website: www.covid19health.gov.mt



COVID-19 Important Notice for Travellers