Malta reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020, allowing visitors from many nations to enter the country without an isolation period or testing.
Between reopening in July and the situation now in 2021, Malta has continued to add more countries to their approved ‘green’ and ‘amber’ lists. (see below)
The Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, announced Malta’s International Airport will resume commercial passenger flights on July 1st. Flights carrying tourists coming from the 20+ pre-approved country list will start arriving in Malta that very day.
* Updated Country List as of Feb 21, 2021
Countries That Can Currently Travel To Malta:
- Italy (Sicily and Sardegna)
- New Zealand
- Portugal (Madeira, Azores)
- South Korea
- Spain (Canarias)
- United Arab Emirates
The above countries on the green list can enter Malta with no covid-related restrictions, no mandatory tests, and no required quarantines.
Countries That Can Enter Malta with PCR Testing:
Malta has published a list of countries on ‘amber list’, who are higher-risk. They are still permitted entry, but with testing.
Passengers arriving from the following countries on the ‘Amber List’ will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before boarding flights to Malta. Passengers who do not present this certificate can be asked to swab at the Malta International Airport or asked to self-quarantine for 14-days in Malta upon arrival.
- Czech Republic
- Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardinia)
- Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
- San Marino
- Spain (all airports except Canarias)
- Vatican City
Passengers arriving from the above-mentioned destinations will be required to present a negative result of a swab test carried out within the last 72 hours. Random swabs may also be done on arrival.
This ‘amber list’ will be updated regularly.
We welcome announcement of airport reopening from July 1st. Destinations that will reopen first are Germany, Austria, Sicily, Cyprus, Switzerland, Sardinia, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, Czech Rep. pic.twitter.com/jym651sMiN— MTA Malta (@MTAMalta) June 1, 2020
Are other countries allowed to enter Malta?
Perhaps. Malta continues to update its lists based on epidemiological information. Recent updates now include many new nations, but still some (notably the USA) are absent.
The site now states “Any person coming from any other country and has not spent at least 14 days in any of the safe countries needs a special permit from health and may be obliged to do quarantine in Malta if accepted by the Health Authorities”.
We contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malta and a representative told us:
“All persons who wish to travel to Malta from countries not listed in the legal notice may request an exemption by sending an e-mail on [email protected] “
This means, travelers coming from countries like the USA need to email above for a special exemption to enter Malta. It is undecided at this point if there will be testing involved.
Is Entry into Malta based on Location, Residency or Nationality?
Location for the last 14 days.
The Maltese government states “Any person coming from any other country and has not spent at least 14 days in any of the safe countries needs a special permit from health and may be obliged to do quarantine in Malta if accepted by the Health Authorities”
Other Entry Requirements for Malta
- All tourists should have a travel insurance policy that covers covid.
- Masks are mandatory at the airport, and in ALL indoor and outdoor places
- Arrivals will have a temperature scan at the airport. Any temperature over 37.2c will be taken into secondary screening and possible testing.
Have Flights To Malta Resumed?
Air Malta offers the most direct flights to Malta and has already resumed many routes.
Other airlines like: Ryan Air, Luxair and Wizz Air will be the first to start flying back into Malta at the start of July. Here are some of the first direct flights scheduled:
- from Vienna – July 1 – Air Malta
- from Prague – July 4 – Air Malta
- from Berlin – July 1 – Air Malta, July 2 – Ryan Air
- from Zurich – July 7 – Air Malta
- from Budpest – July 2 – Ryan Air, July 2 – Wizz Air
- from Dublin – July 1 – Ryan Air
- from Luxembourg – July 4 – Luxair, July 6 – Ryan Air
What’s Open In Malta
Since mid-May, Malta has been gradually reopening things like shops, restaurants and even gyms to get back to their ‘new normal’.
Here is what you can expect to be open during your trip to Malta (with social distancing and enhanced health protocols of course)
- Theatres and cinemas
- Salons and barbers
- Gyms at fitness centres
- Restaurants and bars (as of Oct 16, bars must close by 11pm)
- Hotels and accommodations
- Shops, Malls and non-essential stores
- Museums and cultural attractions (with limited hours)
Masks in Malta
As of October 16, the wearing of masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces is mandatory. Children under 3 are exempt.
Malta’s population is only 450,000 people but saw over 2.6 million tourists in 2018. The island nation took a hard hit from closing its borders in March due to the pandemic, since up to a quarter of its economy is dependent on tourism. Having virtually no tourists entering Malta has cost the country an estimated 3 billion Euros, so they are very keen to start welcoming visitors once again.
Disclaimer: Malta’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Article originally published July 11, with updates