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Posted on: 19-05-2021
Update 14/06/2021 - Revised List of Countries

From June 17

With effect from Thursday, 17th June 2021, passengers arriving from countries on the ‘Amber List' below are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate before boarding flights to Malta. This swab test would need to have been carried out up to 72 hours (maximum) prior to arrival in Malta. If a negative PCR test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a 14-day quarantine period is mandatory on arrival.

From July 1

In addition, with effect from Thursday, 1st July 2021,  passengers arriving from EU countries on the 'Amber List', who are in possession of a vaccination certificate, and a vaccine recognised and approved by the Superintendent of Public Health may travel to the Maltese Islands, namely, (a. ) Pfizer-BioNTech, (b. ) Moderna, (c. ) AstraZeneca, and (d. ) Johnson & Johnson, can travel to and from Malta without the need of a negative COVID-19 PCR Swab Test.

Passengers arriving from non-EU countries on the 'Amber List' below are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate before boarding flights to Malta. This swab test would need to have been carried out up to 72 hours (maximum) prior to arrival in Malta. If a negative PCR test is not presented, a swab test on arrival or a 14-day quarantine period is mandatory on arrival.

Countries on the Amber List:

  • Andorra 
  • Australia
  • Austria 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Canada 
  • China, including the territories of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark
  • Estonia 
  • Finland
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Israel
  • Italy 
  • Japan 
  • Jordan 
  • Latvia 
  • Lebanon 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Monaco 
  • Netherlands 
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland  
  • Portugal 
  • Romania 
  • San Marino 
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • South Korea
  • Spain 
  • Sweden 
  • Switzerland 
  • Thailand 
  • Turkey 
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom 
  • Vatican City 
  • United States of America but only limited to the following states: Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, Arizona, West Virginia, Colorado, North Dakota, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Maine, South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Delaware, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, New Jersey, Minnesota, Connecticut, Alaska, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Vermont, California.

Legal Notice 255 of 2021


 

Update 11/06/2021 - Social, cultural events with seated and limited audiences to start from July 5

Seated mass events will resume on July 5 for those who are fully vaccinated, with entry only allowed to those possessing a vaccine certificate. 

Events will have their capacity capped at 100 people at first, going up gradually to 200 over the course of 4 weeks. Events can be held both indoors and outdoors but must be held in enclosed areas that allow organisers to control people’s entry and exit. 


 

Update 04/06/2021 - COVID-19 Measures Announced

From June 6

Band Clubs and Culture Clubs

  • Can open till midnight offering table service only, and with 4 people per table

From June 7

  • Band Clubs and Culture Clubs will be able to host a maximum of 6 people per table. Alcohol can only be served through table service, if food is ordered. 
  • Theatres and Cinemas can reopen again following their respective protocols to ensure maximum safety always.
  • Gaming and Betting Establishments will also be reopening their doors.
  • Restaurants and Snack Bars will be able to host a maximum of 6 people per table.
  • Number of Persons in Public - Groups of 6 people will be permitted in public.

For more information, please refer to the below legal notices: 


 

Update 31/05/2021 - Malta Updates its Travel Advice

Air and sea travel between Malta and specific corridor countries resumed in 2020. These are the current travel requirements, which are continuously reviewed and updated.

A travel ban to and from all red zone countries still applies.

Maltese citizens or registered residents currently in these countries and persons who have been granted exceptional approval to travel to or from a red zone by the Superintendent of Public Health, will be given the opportunity to return to Malta, subject to presenting a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, which test is to be taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta; testing on arrival; in addition, 14 days of mandatory quarantine is required and a repeat PCR test must be taken on day 11-12 of quarantine. The quarantine address and the test results are to be forwarded to [email protected].

Current travel requirements applicable to all passengers (aged 5 and over)

Any person who travels to Malta, whether by air or by sea, shall prior to boarding and upon arrival provide a completed passenger locator form (PLF) together with a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken not earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Malta. PCR tests taken to travel to Malta must include both the date and time of when the test was carried out. 

As of 1st June 2021, a valid Maltese vaccination certificate with clearly visible QR codes can be presented instead of a negative PCR result. Failure to present either, together with a PLF, will result in denied boarding. If upon arrival, any passenger (aged 5 and above) is not in possession of any of the above, the passenger will be subject to a Mandatory PCR test and/or Mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021.


Update 29/05/2021: Travel to Malta Advice
  1. Commercial tourism travel to Malta is only permitted from Amber list countries with a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours before arrival in Malta
  2. A completed Passenger Locator Form(PLF) and a negative PCR test need to be presented to carrier (by air or by sea) offering travel to Malta. Failure of this shall result in denied boarding.
  3. A vaccination certificate will only be accepted when; (a.) EU’s digital Covid passport is in place and functioning and (b.) Bilateral agreements to accept reciprocal vaccination certification between Malta and other country are signed
  4. As yet EU Digital Covid Passport and bilateral agreements are not in force
  5. Commercial tourism travel from countries on Malta’s Red list is not permitted
  6. No countries are currently on Malta’s Green list
  7. As from 1st June 2021, fully vaccinated Maltese nationals or Malta residency permit holders may present Maltese vaccination certificate instead of negative PCR test when returning to Malta.
  8. If upon arrival in Malta, any passenger (aged 5 and older) is not in possession of negative PCR result, or a valid Maltese vaccination certificate in case of Maltese nationals and those holding a Maltese residency permit, the passenger will be subject to a mandatory PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021 

Click here to view the legal notice. 


Update 24/05/2021: Herd Immunity Reached in Malta! - First country in the European Union 

After Malta was the first country in the European Union to start vaccinating people over 16 years of age, two weeks ago, today, much earlier than initially projected, Malta has reached herd immunity, with 70% of the adult population now vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and with 42% of the population now fully vaccinated.

Malta’s National Vaccination Programme, has led to a sharp decrease in new COVID-19 cases registered daily, with the number of daily deaths also coming to a halt for the last 17 days, and subsequently also registering daily decrease in COVID-19 Active Cases. 


 

Update 06/05/2021: New timeline to Ease Covid-19 Restriction Measures Announced

The new timeline includes:

From May 17

  • Senior Citizens residing at Homes for the Elderly, will be allowed more visitors, for longer periods;

From May 24

  • Restaurants and snackbars allowed to open until midnight;
  • Pools can reopen until 8pm for swimming only;
  • Gyms can reopen but no classes allowed;
  • Day centres will reopen;
  • Contact sports training will resume for those aged over 17;
  • Competitions of non-contact sports will resume, without spectators; 

From June 1

  • Tourism Restarts;
  • English Language Schools can reopen again for physical lessons;
  • The use of masks on beaches and at pools, though still recommended, will not be enforced by law;
  • Seated weddings can be held (adhering to local protocols); 

From June 7

  • Restaurants can allow six people per table (up from four);
  • Groups of up to six people will be allowed in public (up from four); 
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen;
  • Bars and kazini can open again, following Restaurant Protocols;
  • Competitions of Contact sports and Team Sports will resume for those aged over 17, without spectators; 
  • Gaming and Betting Establishments will reopen; 

From June 28

  • Contact sports for persons aged under 17 years will resume
  • Summer schools will reopen. 

 

Update 27/04/2021: UK on the Amber List

Public Health Authorities notifies that, after a review of the epidemiological studies in the United Kingdom, it was decided that the region will no longer be considered in the red zone for travelling, but will be lifted to the amber zone.
Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the amber list is required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test performed no more than seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Malta. 
Travellers arriving in Malta from any of these countries who fail to produce such a test will be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

This notice will start with immediate effect from today, 27th April 2021.


Update 24/04/2021

As of Monday, April 26: 

  • Groups of up to four people will be allowed in public
  • Four households will be able to gather in a private residential property
  • Reopening of museums
  • Non-essential shops and services will reopen

More information regarding the Legal Notices (Legal Notices 182-185) can be found at https://legislation.mt/LegalNotices


Update 07/04/2021: Timeline for exit from partial-lockdown announced

Monday, April 12: 

  • Childcare centres and kindergartens reopen
  • Primary schools reopen
  • Elective surgeries resume at Mater Dei Hospital
  • Visits to homes for the elderly resume

Wednesday, April 14: 

  • Middle schools reopen

Friday, April 16: 

  • Secondary schools reopen

Sunday, April 18:

  • Masses resume

Monday, April 26: 

  • Non-essential shops reopen
  • Non-essential services reopen
  • Groups of up to four people allowed in public

Tuesday, June 1:

  • Tourism reopens

Update 28/03/2021 - New Measures Announced

Travel Restrictions

The Health Ministry announced that, from Monday 29th March 2021, a revision will be made in the list of countries in the amber zone so that all countries currently in the green zone are added to this list.

Every traveller arriving in Malta will be requested to present their negative PCR COVID-19 test, carried out not more than 72 hours before their arrival in Malta. Persons who fail to produce this test may be submitted to testing in Malta and also subjected to a quarantine.

Travel from countries on the red list remains banned, except for repatriation travel.

Public Gatherings Limited to Two Persons 

From Wednesday 31st March, the maximum number of persons who may gather in public places will be reduced from four to two. The measure does not apply to persons who live in the same household. 

This means that in public places, groups of over two persons are banned, including in queues and on bus stops, unless a social distance of two metres between them is observed.

Persons who breach this measure will be subjected to a €300 fine for each person.

The measures, which will apply until Sunday 11th April 2021, are being enforced on the suggestion of the Public Health Superintendent in order to counter the spread of Covid-19 over the Easter Holidays. 


Update 10/03/2021 - New Measures Announced

Legal Notice 84 of 2021

  • Various Laws relating to Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) (Amendment) Regulations - View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 85 of 2021

  • Asylum Procedures (Means of Facilitating Identification of Applicant) (Repeal) Regulations - View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 86 of 2021

Legal Notice 87 of 2021

Legal Notice 88 of 2021

Legal Notice 89 of 2021

Legal Notice 90 of 2021

  • Closure of Non-Essential Retail Outlets and Outlets Providing Non-essential Services Order - View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 91 of 2021

  • Enforcement of the Order relating to the Closure of Non-Essential Retail Outlets and Outlets Providing Non-Essential Services Regulations - View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 92 of 2021

  • Closure of Food and Drink Outlets (Amendment No. 2) Regulations - View Legal Notice

Legal Notice 93 of 2021

Legal Notice 94 of 2021

  • Enforcement of the Order relating to Closure of Places Open to the Public Regulations - View Legal Notice

 

Overview

In addition to the existing measures published on Friday 5th March 2021, new measures are now being introduced which will come into effect from tomorrow 11th March till 11th April 2021. The measures are as follows:

  • All organised sports activities have been suspended;
  • All restaurants and ancillary services in hotels will close and only room service will be provided;
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as; clothes, jewellery, furniture,  souvenirs, toyshops, florists, haberdasheryand perfumeries have been closed;
  • Those establishments offering services including; hairdressers, barbers, beauty shops, nail technicians and tattooists have been closed;
  • Establishments such as gyms, pools, cinemas, theatres and museums have been closed.
  • Crossings to Gozo will be limited to essential travel;
  • The maximum number of people who can gather in public has been reduced from six to four, and;
  • Weddings and religious activities have been suspended, but funerals can still take place according to established safety protocols.

Update 07/03/2021 - New Measures Announced

Legal Notice 73 of 2021

Legal Notice 74 of 2021

Legal Notice 75 of 2021

Legal Notice 76 of 2021

Legal Notice 77 of 2021

Legal Notice 78 of 2021

Legal Notice 79 of 2021 - Published 07/03/2021

 

Overview

  • Restaurants, kiosks and snack bars can only offer take-away service
  • Guesthouses will remain open for their residents, whilst nightclubs, bars and clubs will remain closed
  • Events for the masses will remain prohibited, except for weddings and religious activities
  • Wage supplement extended to June
  • Contact sport for children younger than 16 has been banned
  • Planned events in private houses will be limited to a maximum of four households
  • Fines for persons caught in breach of the law
  • Measures will apply until April 11

Update 25/02/2021 - Organised Public Mass Events 

Update 11/02/2021 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

With effect from midnight on Saturday 13th February, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.
 

Revised List of Countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardinia)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon 
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except Canarias)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

Update 09/02/2021 - Licensed Accommodation Regulations

Update 21/12/2020 - Flights to and from the UK suspended as from Tuesday 22nd December

As from Tuesday 22nd December 2020, all flights to and from the United Kingdom are being suspended. This measure is being introduced in the wake of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus detected amongst patients in the UK.

Notwithstanding this suspension, Maltese citizens and persons who reside in Malta and who are currently in the United Kingdom will be allowed to return to Malta. However these will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival and will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The local health authorities stated that this restriction is a temporary one as they are following closely developments in the United Kingdom whilst taking part in discussions with the European Union regarding the situation with the aim of establishing a common position and direction going forward


Update 11/12/2020 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

With effect from midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.
 

Revised List of Countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France (all regions except Ile-de-France)
  • Germany (all airports except Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (all airport except Attiki)
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except Canarias)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

Update 27/11/2020 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

The Minister responsible for Public Health notifies that, by virtue of Article 2 (1) of the Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations, 2020, the list of countries referred to in the same regulations is being revised. Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no longer than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta.

Travelers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Revised List of Countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium (all airports)
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • France (all airports)
  • Germany (all airports)
  • Hungary
  • Ireland (all airports)
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands (all airports)
  • Poland (all airports)
  • Portugal (all airports)
  • Spain (all airports)
  • Switzerland (all airports)
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom (all airports)

This notice regarding the revised list of countries shall come into effect on Friday 27th November, at midnight.


Update 11/11/2020 - Revised List of Countries

With effect from midnight on Friday, 13th November 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.
 

Revised List of Countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice)
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (Porto)
  • Spain 
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham)

Update 26/10/2020
  • L.N. 407 of 2020 - Organised Public Mass Events - View Document
  • L.N. 408 of 2020 - Number of Persons in Public Places - View Document

Update 23/10/2020 - Romania added to Green List

With effect from 01.00hrs on the 24th of October, Romania will be added to the Green List. 


Update 21/10/2020 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers 

With effect from midnight on Friday, 23rd October 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.
 

Revised List of Countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium (all airports)
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • France (all Paris airports, Marseille)
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands (all airports)
  • Poland (Gdansk, Krakow)
  • Portugal (Porto)
  • Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Girona airport)
  • Switzerland (all airports)
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom (Belfast, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle)

Update 16/10/2020 - New Measures announced on 16/10/2020

In an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Government of Malta has introduced a series of additional measures which include the following:

  • The wearing of masks becomes mandatory in outdoor places and offices. Children under three, those suffering from respiratory conditions, and those doing physical training are exempt.
  • Bars and clubs are to close at 11pm. Restaurants are not affected by these restrictions.
  • Increased fines and more enforcement by the relevant authorities (including MTA).
  • Rapid testing is to be introduced.
  • All previous measures on public gatherings and social distancing remain in force.

Read More - L.N. 402 of 2020

Read More - L.N. 403 of 2020

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