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