Malta is reopening for tourism on July 1st, allowing visitors from 20+ nations to enter the country without an isolation period.
Restrictions on all other flight destinations will be lifted on July 15.
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.
Here Are The Countries That Can Travel To Malta July 1st:
- Italy (except for Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Piemonte)
- France (except for Ile de France)
- Spain (except for Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla -La Mancha, Castile and Leon)
- Poland (except for Katowice Airport)
- Czech Republic
Last Updated June 15th
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
The government did mention that more countries are currently being considered, but more data is needed before the local health authority can grant clearance. For now, those 20+ countries are the only that can visit Malta on July 1st for the purposes of tourism.
on June 15th the government of Malta posted this quote on their tourism board site:
“Restrictions on all other flight destinations will be lifted on July 15.”
This means that ALL countries will be allowed to visit Malta as of July 15, 2020
Visitors from approved countries will only need to make a declaration on arrival that in the last 30 days they were living in one of the said countries. In this case no quarantine will be required.
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
- 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. Contact and confirm with local authorities before traveling abroad.