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Malta’s Entry Requirements for Tourism in 2021

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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)

reopening of Malta to tourists

June 2021 is the official reopening date for Malta, now the nation has reached herd immunity with 70% of the population having received at least the first shot of the vaccine.

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**Important note starting July 14, 2021. Due to a surge in new cases caused by the Delta variant, Malta has decided to move ALL countries from the ‘amber’ list to red and require full vaccination ONLY for entry (no more entry with PCR tests.)

Updated Country List as of July 13, 2021

Countries That Can Currently Travel To Malta:

Green List

  • Currently no countries are on the green list

The above countries on the green list can enter Malta with no covid-related restrictions, no mandatory tests, and no required quarantines. 

Amber List

No countries are on the Amber list due to the new strict entry rules starting July 14, 2021

Red List

  • All Nations

Only fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination from NHS, Maltese authorities, or the EU’s Digital Green Certificate can enter Malta from RED countries as of July 14, 2021.

Updates

US Travelers: Until July 31, 2021, Malta will accept the CDC paper card from US travelers. After August 1, 2021, only the digital VeriFly app for US travelers will be accepted.

Other Third-Party Travelers: Malta will now accept more proof of vaccinations from additional third-party countries outside the EU (providing its still with am EMA approved vaccine), including:

  • Turkey’s Health Certificate
  • UAE’s official government digital vaccine certificate with QR code
  • Serbia’s digital green certificate

Canada has not yet been added.

Malta is reopening July 1st

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

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.

Malta reopening

What’s Open In Malta

Since mid-May 2021, Malta has been gradually reopening things like shops and restaurants to get back to their ‘new normal’.

Here is what you can expect to be open during your trip to Malta after June 2021 (with social distancing and enhanced health protocols of course)

  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Salons and barbers
  • Gyms at fitness centers
  • Restaurants and bars until midnight
  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Shops, Malls, and non-essential stores
  • Museums and cultural attractions (with limited hours)

Great jobs are still available for expats in malta

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. 

As of July 1, 2021, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in public areas.

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.

Malta is a great place for English speakers to visit because 89% speak English

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.

Sources: VisitMalta.com / Mta.com.mt /

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Article originally published July 11, 2020 with updates


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Gopi

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

I am from india I have Schengen visit visa for Spain From Spain and can I travel to Malta and fully vaxcinated

Akash singh

Sunday 29th of August 2021

I want to travel Malta from India & I am vaccinated to.

Roshan

Saturday 21st of August 2021

I am planning to come in malta from uae. I have completed 3 shot sinopharm vaccine. Is it aprovel from malta government.

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

No sorry, Sinopharm is not an approved vaccine for Malta at this time

Colleen Bolhous

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

I am set to come to Malta in mid October from Canada, any chance our vaccines will be recognized by then ?

Chris Nel

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Does the Pfizer double vaccination qualify?