COVID-19

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. 


Latest Information

Update 21/12/2020 - Flights to and from the UK suspended as from Tuesday 22nd December - Click here


Green, Amber & Red Lists

Malta International Airport reopened on July 1, 2020 and commercial flights to and from Malta resumed from that date. Certain restrictions may apply, depending on whether the traveller is coming from a country that is included on the Green, Amber or Red list, as outlined below.

More Information can be found on the website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry for Health by clicking here

 

Green List

Travellers coming to Malta from the ‘Green List' of safe countries will NOT be subjected to a swab test on arrival. There will only be thermal screening at the airport and persons arriving will be asked to fill a self-declaration form requesting information on their travels in the previous 30 days. Specifically, they will be asked to confirm that they have not travelled anywhere outside the safe countries listed.

At present, the following countries are on the ‘Green List':

  • Australia
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France (Ile-de-France)
  • Germany (Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (Attiki)
  • Iceland
  • Italy (Sicily and Sardegna)
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal (Madeira, Azores)
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Spain (Canarias)
  • United Arab Emirates

 

Amber List

Passengers arriving from countries on the ‘Amber List' are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate before boarding flights to Malta. The swab test should be carried out within the previous 72 hours. For increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport.

At present, the following countries are on the ‘Amber List':

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France (all airports except Ile-de-France)
  • Germany (all airports except Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (all airport except Attiki)
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except Canarias)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

 

Red List

All countries not included on the Green List or Amber List are automatically included on the ‘Red List'. Passengers arriving from these countries must have spent at least the previous 14 days in one of the safe corridor countries before reaching Malta. It is also recommended that these passengers undertake a PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

NOTE: Lists may be updated from time to time.


Flight Schedules

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


Travelling Safely

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/


Updates

Update 21/12/2020 - Flights to and from the UK suspended as from Tuesday 22nd December

As from Tuesday 22nd December 2020, all flights to and from the United Kingdom are being suspended. This measure is being introduced in the wake of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus detected amongst patients in the UK.

Notwithstanding this suspension, Maltese citizens and persons who reside in Malta and who are currently in the United Kingdom will be allowed to return to Malta. However these will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival and will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The local health authorities stated that this restriction is a temporary one as they are following closely developments in the United Kingdom whilst taking part in discussions with the European Union regarding the situation with the aim of establishing a common position and direction going forward.

 


Update 11/12/2020 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

With effect from midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Revised List of Countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France (all airports except Ile-de-France)
  • Germany (all airports except Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • Greece (all airport except Attiki)
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (all airports except Madeira, Azores)
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (all airports except Canarias)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

Update 27/11/2020 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations

The Minister responsible for Public Health notifies that, by virtue of Article 2 (1) of the Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations, 2020, the list of countries referred to in the same regulations is being revised. Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no longer than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta.

Travelers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Revised List of Countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium (all airports)
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • France (all airports)
  • Germany (all airports)
  • Hungary
  • Ireland (all airports)
  • Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardegna)
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands (all airports)
  • Poland (all airports)
  • Portugal (all airports)
  • Spain (all airports)
  • Switzerland (all airports)
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom (all airports)

This notice regarding the revised list of countries shall come into effect on Friday 27th November, at midnight.


Update 11/11/2020 - Revised List of Countries

With effect from midnight on Friday, 13th November 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Revised List of Countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice)
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (Porto)
  • Spain 
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham)

Update 26/10/2020

  • L.N. 407 of 2020 - Organised Public Mass Events - View Document
  • L.N. 408 of 2020 - Number of Persons in Public Places - View Document

Update 23/10/2020 - Romania added to Green List

With effect from 01.00hrs on the 24th of October, Romania will be added to the Green List. 


Update 21/10/2020 - Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers 

With effect from midnight on Friday, 23rd October 2020, any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travellers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Revised List of Countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium (all airports)
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • France (all Paris airports, Marseille)
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands (all airports)
  • Poland (Gdansk, Krakow)
  • Portugal (Porto)
  • Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Girona airport)
  • Switzerland (all airports)
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom (Belfast, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle)

Update 16/10/2020 - New Measures announced on 16/10/2020

In an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Government of Malta has introduced a series of additional measures which include the following:

  • The wearing of masks becomes mandatory in outdoor places and offices. Children under three, those suffering from respiratory conditions, and those doing physical training are exempt.
  • Bars and clubs are to close at 11pm. Restaurants are not affected by these restrictions.
  • Increased fines and more enforcement by the relevant authorities (including MTA).
  • Rapid testing is to be introduced.
  • All previous measures on public gatherings and social distancing remain in force.

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