COVID-19 Info

MALTA REOPENS ITS AIRPORT AND SEA FOR TRAVEL FROM LISTED SAFE-CORRIDOR COUNTRIES

Air and sea travel between Malta and specific safe ‘corridor countries’ resumed as of the 1st of July 2020. Incoming travel to Malta is allowed ONLY for persons who would have spent at least 2 weeks in one or more of the corridor country/ies (or Malta) prior to arriving in Malta. The list of countries was published in Legal Notice (LN) 244 of 2020 the ‘Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) (Amendment) Order, 2020, amended by LN 255 of 2020 and LN 280 of 2020. The list of countries currently includes:

Austria; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Germany; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Norway; Italy; France; Slovakia; Switzerland; Greece; Croatia; Spain; Poland.

Legal Notice 92 of 2020 the ‘Travel Ban Order’ extends the order of a travel ban on persons to Malta and from Malta to and from all other countries – travel to and from all other countries not in the above list is not permitted.

Thus, travel to Malta from a country not in the above list is not permitted, unless the person travelling has spent 2 weeks in one or more corridor country/ies.

Systems are be in place to verify the origins of passengers arriving in Malta. Passengers will be requested to complete a Travel Declaration Form and a Passenger Locator Form. A false declaration on arrival will be considered a criminal offence.

Only Maltese Nationals with a valid Maltese ID Card, and those who have a valid residency permit for Malta who need to return to Malta are eligible to travel to Malta from countries not on the corridor country list (available at https://reopen.europa.eu). No further approval is required from the Health Authorities. Such persons are required to abide by the Medical Protocol for testing of persons arriving in Malta, which includes:

  • PCR Swab Test done within 7 days of flying to Malta which must be Negative (The result, from a licensed or accredited lab, must be available by the time of travel)

  • PCR Swab Test done in the 48 hours after arrival in Malta

  • PCR Swab Test on day 12/13 from arrival in Malta

Full qua​rantine must also be observed, in isolation from all other persons for 14 full days from arrival in Malta. You must not come in contact with other household

members if you must share a household. Other household members also need to observe quarantine. The quarantine period needs to be observed in full regardless of any negative swab results. This is as per Legal Notice 63 of 2020, the Period of Quarantine (Amendment) Order, 2020, further amended by LN’s 79, 252, 279 and 289 of 2020.

PCR swab test results and the address where quarantine is to be observed must be sent by email to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt

With effect from the 15th July 2020, in accordance with LN 290 of 2020 – Travel Ban (Extension to All Countries) (Amendment No. 4) Order, 2020, travel to and from the following countries will also be permitted, with the same conditions as the above-mentioned corridor countries:

United Kingdom; Belgium; Bulgaria; Netherlands; Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, China, Vatican City, Rwanda, Uruguay, Slovenia, Japan; Morocco; Thailand; Tunisia; Portugal; Romania; Lebanon; Indonesia; United Arab Emirates; Turkey; Jordan; Liechtenstein.

PCR swab testing prior to travelling and quarantine will not be applicable to those travelling through this process, but suspected persons will be requested to have a swab test.

The list of countries which is expected to be updated regularly can also be found at https://reopen.europa.eu/en. Please understand that this is a constantly evolving situation. Further information regarding other countries and quarantine and testing requirements will be made available in due course.

The Superintendent of Public Health may also, in her absolute discretion, issue an exemption for travel from and to Malta if in her opinion the travel of certain persons is deemed to be necessary or essential. This email address is to be used solely for this reason. If you think your request is of exceptional circumstance which warrants consideration by the Superintendent of Public Health please send another email with your request to covid19.vetting@gov.mt with ‘CONSIDER’ as the first word in the subject title., otherwise you may not receive a reply to your email.

Further COVID-19 related information and downloadable materials on prevention of COVID-19 can be accessed at www.covid19health.gov.mt.