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 December 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.
No countries are on the Amber list due to the new strict entry rules starting July 14, 2021
- Cayman Islands
- Cape Verde
- China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
- Czech Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Faroe Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Sao Tome and Principe
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Vatican City
Only fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination can enter Malta from RED countries as of mid-2021, without testing or quarantines. Non-vaccinated passengers from Red countries may still be able to enter, but they face providing a PCR test and a 14-day quarantine.
Dark Red List
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- Bouvet Island
- British Virgin Islands
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
- Ivory Coast
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia (country)
- New Caledonia
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Cyprus
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Barts
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Maartin (French part)
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States, minor outlying Islands
- Virgin Islands (British)
- Wallis and Futuna
- Western Sahara
Passengers coming from countries on the Dark Red list are currently banned from entering Malta.
Accepted Vaccine Certificates (Country List)
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:
- The Albanian Digital Covid Certificate
- The Arab Republic of Egypt COVID-19 vaccine certificate
- The Armenian “COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate”
- The Australian International COVID-19 Digital Certificate
- The Republic of Azerbaijan Vaccination card
- The Kingdom of Bahrain Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
- The Government of Bermuda Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
- The Canadian COVID-19 Provincial Immunisation Records
- The Official Chile’s Digital Vaccination Certificate
- The MiVacuna COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate – Colombia
- The Iraq “COVID-19 Vaccination Card issued by Kurdistan Regional Government – Iraq
- The Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey vaccination certificate
- The Japanese Vaccination Certificate of COVID-19
- The Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Health Vaccination Card for COVID-19
- The State of Kuwait Ministry of Health SARS-COV-2 Vaccination Certificate
- The Lebanese COVID-19 vaccination record card
- The Libyan National Center for Disease Control – Libya State of Libya COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
- The Malaysian -Covid 19 Digital certificate verified through MySehatara App
- The Moldovian “Vaccination Certificate” as issued by Moldova Ministry of Health
- The Sultanate of Oman Immunisation Certificate for COVID-19
- The Palestinian Ministry of Health Vaccination Certificate
- The Covid 19 vaccination certificate issued by the Ministry of Public Health, Doha, Qatar
- The Republic of Rwanda – Covid vaccination certificate issued by Rwanda Biomedical centre
- The Saudi Arabia vaccine certificate
- The Serbian “Digital Green Certificate”
- The Ministry of Health, Singapore Vaccination Certificate
- The South Korean “COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate”
- The Turkish Vaccine certificate
- The UAE Al Hosn vaccine certificate
- The UAE Vaccine certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authorities
- The United Kingdom NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
- The Cayman Islands COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
- The United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
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 spaces. Removal of masks while outdoors is only allowed for vaccinated persons in groups of no more than two.
- Groups of up to 6 people are allowed in public.
- Physical distancing of 2 meters are required.
- 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 2 am
- 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