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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

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.

Important 2021 Update: Between March 11 and April 26, 2021, non-essential businesses will close and other restrictions will be in place to help curb the sudden rise in cases. 

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* Updated Country List as of April 16, 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. 

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 with at least 14 days from the last shot.

Passengers who do not present a test or proof of vaccination can be asked to swab at the Malta International Airport or asked to self-quarantine for 14-days in Malta upon arrival.

Amber List

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan included)
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon 
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • 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, or proof of vaccination. Random swabs may also be done on arrival.

This ‘amber list’ will be updated regularly.

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.

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

  • 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
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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)

Important 2021 Update: Between March 11 and April 26, 2021, non-essential businesses will close and other restrictions will be in place to help curb the sudden rise in cases. 

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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.

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.

Read More: See a list of all countries in Europe that have reopened for tourism plus which travel insurance policies include covid coverage

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Article originally published July 11, with updates

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Sunday 25th of April 2021

My elder sister is in malta .we are from nepal .and she is trying to bring me to the malta with her since9 months .. when will be malta available for nepali?????please reply 😑.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 26th of April 2021

Nepal is not currently permitted and we are not sure when that will change, sorry

pedro ribeiro gomes

Sunday 7th of February 2021

What about Brazil?

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Saturday 30th of January 2021

Hi! Coming from the green country Finland, do you know if transit through Germany is allowed? It's impossible to find direct flights.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 30th of January 2021

Transit is very likely possible without issue, but in these extreme times of restrictions in the EU lately, I would triple check with your airline and the airport


Sunday 10th of January 2021

Dear kashlee Hope you are doing good, could you let me know if you have any update on Malta VFS (India)opening Which is the government partner for Visa application. As per Malta ministry it suppose to open from 10 January 2021 however now update yet moreover there is no information on VFS global home page after 19 March 2020. How many more days do we need to wait, phone calls/email are remains unanswered since March 2020. Please help

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 11th of January 2021

I'm sorry I don't have any information on this

Craig Cloete

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hi Kashlee

Thanks for the amazing article.

I am relocating to Malta for a job in Auditing from South Africa and really want my girlfriend to come with me.

With her being on a tourist visa, would she need to email [email protected] as well?


Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 11th of December 2020

Yes, but I am not sure she will be permitted in at all