COVID-19 travel restrictions: Malta

Travel Restrictions

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This article has been written on the January 17, 2022 and contains accurate information. However, we highly recommend you check the latest travel requirements before you book a trip since covid regulations are constantly updating.

Can I enter Malta?

Presently, Malta is open to a limited number of countries. Please learn the information presented below to clarify if you can enter Malta for tourism.

When traveling to Malta, the first thing you have to do is fill in the Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form. The next steps vary depending on your vaccination status and country of departure.

Can I enter Malta if I am vaccinated?

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You can enter Malta if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated at least 14 days after completing your vaccination course.

As of December 2021, five vaccines are approved in Malta:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Novavax

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, please present a certificate confirming your vaccination status.

As of February 2022, the government of Malta recognizes the following certificates: 

  • Maltese Vaccination Certificate
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate (including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia,  Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vatican City)
  • Albanian Digital COVID Certificate / Certifikate dixhitale shqiptare COVID
  • Armenia Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued through the United Information System of Electronic Healthcare in the Republic of Armenia
  • Australian Vaccine Certificate verified through the Medicare Express Plus App
  • Republic of Azerbaijan Vaccination Card
  • Kingdom of Bahrain Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
  • Government of Bermuda Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Republika Srpska Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Canada COVID-19 Provincial Immunization Records of the following provinces, as verified by the Verifly app: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Official Chile Digital Vaccination Certificate
  • Colombia MiVacuna COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Doha, Qatar Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Dubai Health Authority Vaccination Certificate with a readable QR code
  • Arab Republic of Egypt Vaccine Certificate
  • Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey Vaccination Certificates
  • Ghana Health Service Covid-19 Vaccination Card
  • Government of India Final Certificate for Covid-19 Vaccination
  • Iraq Covid-19 Vaccination Card issued by Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Japan Vaccination Certificate of COVID-19 (verified using VeriFLY)
  • The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan COVID-19 Vaccination Certification (verified with Sanad Jo app)
  • Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Health Vaccination Card for COVID-19
  • Kuwait Vaccination Certificate
  • Lebanon Vaccination Certificate
  • State of Libya National Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Malaysian Covid-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate verified through MySehatara App
  • The Republic of Maldives covidSafe COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (using covidSafe app)
  • Moldova Vaccination Certificate as issued by the Moldova Ministry of Health
  • Government of Pakistan Immunization Certificate for Covid-19
  • Sultanate of Oman Immunization Certificate for COVID-19
  • Palestinian Ministry of Health Vaccination Certificate
  • Republic of the Philippines International Certificate of Vaccination (with QR code)
  • Republic of Rwanda Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Rwanda Biomedical Center (only on presentation of mobile phone number and respective code)
  • Saudi Arabia Vaccination Certificate issued by sehhaty.sa
  • Serbian Green Certificate with a readable QR code
  • Singapore Vaccination Certificate
  • South Korea Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate issued through the COOV app.
  • Turkish Vaccination Certificate with a readable QR code
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Vaccination Certificate
  • UAE Al Hosn Vaccine Certificate
  • United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine, verified digitally through the VeriFLY app
  • United Kingdom Vaccination Certificates

As for UK Vaccination Certificates, they are divided into:

  • England — NHS Covid Pass (Digital App and NHS Letter)
  • Wales — NHS Covid Pass Letter
  • Scotland — NHS Letter demonstrating COVID-19 vaccination status
  • Northern Ireland: Interim proof of vaccination document 

Can I enter Malta if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Malta if you are unvaccinated. Nevertheless, please be advised that entry requirements are tighter for unvaccinated visitors.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Malta

Please note that, unlike most other countries, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 is not a valid document in Malta. This document is valid only when accompanied by one dose of an EMA-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Malta.

Otherwise, present only a negative PCR test.

Traveling to Malta from “red” or “dark red” countries

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As of December 2021, the Maltese government divides countries only into “red” and “dark red” territories.

Traveling to Malta from “red” countries

Traveling to Malta for tourism from “red” countries is permitted. The list of “red” countries includes:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina​
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan​
  • ​​​Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belize​
  • ​Belgium
  • ​Bermuda​
  • Bhutan​
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands​
  • Chile​
  • Cape Verde​​​
  • China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
  • Colombia
  • Croatia​
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti​
  • Equatorial Guinea​​​​
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia​
  • India
  • Iran​
  • Ireland
  • ​Iraq​
  • Israel
  • Jamaica​
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritania​
  • Maldives​
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway​
  • Oman
  • Palestine​​​
  • Panama​
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis​
  • Sao Tome and Principe​
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Timor​
  • Trinidad and Tobago​
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay​
  • United States of America​
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam​

Traveling to Malta from “dark red” countries

Traveling to Malta for tourism from “dark red” countries is forbidden. You can enter Malta from these countries only for essential needs and possess the Travel Authorisation. The list of “dark red” countries includes:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina​
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Egypt​
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kazakhstan​
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • ​Mongolia​​
  • Micronesia (country)
  • Montenegro​
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barts
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maartin (French part)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Serbia​
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine​
  • Uganda
  • The United States, minor outlying Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands (British)
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Only Maltese citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter Malta from the countries mentioned above provided they abide by the following requirements:

  • Present a negative result of a PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta
  • Get tested on arrival at the airport
  • Self-isolate for 14 days with another PCR test required to be taken between days 10 and 11 of isolation

Can I leave Malta?

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can leave Malta. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health advises people to avoid traveling for non-essential reasons.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • To travel within the EU — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • To travel outside the EU — a printed document confirming vaccination status

In addition, please check the necessity of a COVID-19 negative test presence in your destination country. Several countries, such as the US, demand tests anyway.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Malta currently

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As of December 2021, around 80.2% of the total Maltese population have been fully vaccinated. The COVID-19 situation in Malta is moderate now.

FAQs

Is it safe to travel to Malta right now?

International travel to Malta is safe now. Maltese covid-related restrictions are considered recommendations. Nevertheless, wearing masks indoors is obligatory.

Is Valletta open for travel now?

Valletta is open for travel now. It is possible to visit the capital’s main attractions without strict restrictions.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Malta?

If you arrive from “red” countries:
  • Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine
  • Unvaccinated travelers have to undergo a mandatory 14-days self-isolation at the quarantine accommodation provided by the Health Authorities
If you arrive from “dark red” countries:
  • Fully vaccinated travelers have to undergo a mandatory 10-days self-isolation at the quarantine accommodation provided by the Health Authorities
  • Unvaccinated travelers have to undergo a mandatory 10-days self-isolation at the quarantine accommodation provided by the Health Authorities

How do I get a health pass to travel to Malta?

Presently, Malta recognizes COVID-19 health passes of many foreign countries. Please scroll up to the “Travel documents if I am vaccinated” section to see if your digital certificate is valid. Travelers from outside these countries or unvaccinated travelers should carry their paper documents.

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