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)
June 2021 is the offical reopening date for Malta, now the nation has reached herd immunity with 70% of the population having recieved at least the first shot of the vaccine.
* Updated Country List as of June 17, 2021
Countries That Can Currently Travel To Malta:
- 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.
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 either required to submit a 72-hour negative PCR test before boarding flights to Malta -or- show proof of being fully vaccinated by the Maltese health authorities with at least 14 days from the last shot.
*Proof of vaccination from all nations to circumvent the PCR testing was said by the governement of Malta to be launched on June 1, 2021, but has now been delayed until July 1. Only proof of being vaccinated within Malta will work for the time being.
- China, including the territories of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- USA 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.
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.
*Starting July 1, 2021 EU nations on the Amber list can use proof of vaccination to skip testing.
This ‘amber list’ will be updated regularly.
Any country which is not mentioned in the Green or Amber List will automatically be classified as a Red List Country. Travel to Malta is only allowed for Maltese citizens or those who have a valid residence permit for Malta.
To enter from a red country, the VisitMalta site states: “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]“
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 (not on beaches and pools starting June 1)
- A Public Health Declaration Travel Form must be filled out before arrival by all passengers
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.
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)
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.
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Article originally published July 11, 2020 with updates