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The COVID-19 High Level Working Group that was set up by the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection has issued a set of Operational Guidelines for the Travel and Tourism Sector. The scope of this document is to present practical advice and recommendations for operators in the tourism industry, including hotels, collective accommodation and transport services, in relation to the COVID-19 situation. The information contained in the document has been approved by the Health Authorities and addresses feedback received from the industry representatives and other stakeholders. Updating of the document shall take place as necessary.

If you have questions regarding the Guidelines document or if you have any queries related to the work of the COVID-19 High Level Working Group, please contact the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection on covid19.mtcp@gov.mt.

For more information, please consult the official website of the Maltese Ministry for Health: www.covid19health.gov.mt which is updated regularly.

An official up-to-the-minute timeline can also be found on https://covid19malta.info .

In addition, we are including below some items of information, including FAQs and travel announcements, which you may find useful. 

 


UPDATE 26/06/2020 : The restrictions that applied to certain regions in Italy, France, Spain and Poland will also be lifted. So the first group of destinations that are being reopened for travel as from 1st July 2020 comprises: Germany, Austria, Italy, Cyprus, Switzerland, France, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, and Czech Republic


UPDATE: In preparation for the resumption of commercial flights starting July 1st 2020, Malta International Airport has implemented various measures in order to maintain a safe environment for passengers and employees. For details  https://www.maltairport.com/covid19/


UPDATE: Six Countries Added to Already Announced List of Destinations to Open on July 1

Prime Minister Robert Abela that a further six countries have been added to the list of destinations for when the airport officially reopens on July 1, and that restrictions on all other flight destinations will be lifted on July 15.

The destinations that have been added to the list of destinations to open on 1 July are 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), Greece and Croatia.

*Israel which had been included on the original list has been removed. The list of destinations will be monitored regularly and reviewed if necessary.


UPDATE: Airport to Reopen from July 1st 2020

The Prime Minister of Malta Robert Abela announced that the Malta International Airport will reopen as from July 1st 2020. The first group of destinations that are being reopened for travel comprises: Germany, Austria, Sicily, Cyprus, Switzerland, Sardegna, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel*, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, and Czech Republic. More destinations will be announced in due course, once clearance from the health authorities is received.

FLIGHT SCHEDULES

Click here for information about arrivals and departures to and from Malta International Airport.

*Israel which had been included on the original list was subsequently removed.


UPDATE: Extract from NOTAM 23/05/2020

TRAVEL BAN
"The Superintendent of Public Health hereby extends the order of a travel ban on persons to Malta and from Malta to all countries, provided that cargo flights, ferry flights, humanitarian flights, and repatriation flights shall be exempt from this order. The Superintendent of Public Health may, in her absolute discretion, issue and exemption from the provisions of this order, by notice in the Gazette, or by other means, where, in the opinion of the said Superintendent of Public Health, the travel of certain persons or goods is deemed to be essential"
According to the notice, the travel ban has been extended till 15 June at 23:59.
A0466/20 NOTAMR A0366/20

 


 

LEGAL NOTICE: LN 204 of 2020

This Legal Notice which comes into effect on Friday 22nd May 2020 amends the Closure of Places Open to the Public Order. Download here.


 

UPDATE: PROTOCOLS FOR REOPENING 

A set of procedures have been formulated for a number of tourism establishments and other tourism receiving operations to ensure rigid compliance in the fields of social distancing, enhanced hygienic practices and the minimisation of COVID-19 infection risks by establishments and operations re-opening for domestic and foreign tourism use following their closure earlier this year. Read more about these protocols here.

 


 

UPDATE: WEBINAR 15/05/2020

During a webinar organised by the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection, the Malta Tourism Authority and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association earlier today, the Minister for Tourism Julia Farrugia Portelli announced that protocols have been prepared for several industry sectors outlining clearly what needs to be done for establishments to reopen to the public. The protocols will be published as soon as these sectors and opening dates are officially announced by the Prime Minister in the coming days. The Minister also announced that bilateral discussions have been initiated with 9 countries for the setting up of safe corridors for travel. https://www.mta.com.mt/en/news-details/254

 


COVID-19 Travel Vouchers

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  • UPDATE: Extract from NOTAM 24/04/2020

    TRAVEL BAN
    The Superintendent of Public Health hereby extends the order of a travel ban on persons to Malta and from Malta to and from all countries. Provided that cargo flights, ferry flights, humanitarian flights, and repatriation flights shall be exempt from this order. The Superintendent of Public Health may, in her absolute discretion, issue an exemption from the provisions of this order, by notice in the Gazette, or by other means, where, in the opinion of the said Superintendent of Public Health, the travel of certain persons or goods is deemed to be essential. Operators shall obtain prior approval from the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate before any operations.
    From: 23 Apr 2020 23:25 To: 31 May 2020 23:59
    A0366/20

 


COVID-19 Notification re Suspension of Flights


  • UPDATE: PASSENGER FLIGHTS SUSPENDED AS FROM 23.59HRS OF FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020 - 17/03/2020
    Based on a decision taken by the Malta health authorities, all passenger flights inbound to Malta are temporarily suspended.
    Flights departing before 23.59 UTC on the 20th March 2020 are exempted. The ban does not apply to ferry flights, cargo flights, humanitarian flights and repatriation flights.
    Maltese authorities may in special cases exempt individual flights. Issued by MALTA AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION SERVICES - 17/03/2020 21:31

 


 

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