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Malta is reopening for tourism on July 1st, allowing visitors from many nations to enter the country without an isolation period or testing.
As of August, many more countries have been added to the approved list. (see below)
The Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, also 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 Sept 12
Countries That Can Currently Travel To Malta:
- Czech Republic*
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
The above countries (in black text) on this list can enter Malta with no covid-related restrictions, no mandatory tests, and no required quarantines.
Important Testing Update August 18:
Malta just published a list of countries on their new ‘amber list'
As of midnight, on Friday 21st August 2020, passengers arriving from the following countries 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 in Malta upon arrival.
- Spain (applies to passengers arriving from Barcelona, Girona and Madrid)
- Czech Republic
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.
This ‘amber list’ will be updated regularly.
(Tunisia and Czech Republic were added August 28. France was added Sept 10)
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
Breaking July 11 Update:
Are other countries allowed to enter Malta?
Perhaps. The country made an update to the list of countries allowed into Malta on July 11. The update now includes many new nations, but still some (notably the USA) are still 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 will need to be worn the entire time
- 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 (Please note: bars have re-closed as of Aug 17)
- Hotels and accommodations
- Shops, Malls and non-essential stores
- Museums and cultural attractions (with limited hours)
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.