July 24 – Malta reopened to fully vaccinated American travelers on July 19
The Maltese government decided to recognize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card on July 19, announced the Ministry of Health.
This means that fully vaccinated Americans are now welcomed if they received one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Malta.
From August 1, the U.S. Vaccination Record Card will need to be verified through a local app so it can be accepted as a valid vaccination certificate. However, the details of the app have not been released yet.
Also, proof of being fully vaccinated is mandatory.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
United Arab Emirates
United States of America (limited to the following states: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas. Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Northern Mariana Islands, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Republic of Marshall Islands, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Only essential travel is permitted. Travelers arriving from any of the following countries will need to quarantine at a government-approved facility for 14 days at a cost of USD $100 per night. Also, they will have to pay for 3 more additional PCR tests.
July 8 – Malta banned unvaccinated children aged 12-18 from entering the country from July 1
Holiday makers traveling with children aged 12-18 must be aware of this new travel restriction. Malta has decided to only allow entry to double-vaccinated visitors. Children aged 0-11 are exempted from this requirement but those aged 12-18 are not.
The problem mostly lies in the fact that this demographic group is not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in most countries.
Early in the pandemic when vaccines against COVID-19 were still just a dream in the middle of a nightmare, the term “herd immunity” came to signify the point when enough people would be able to reclaim their lives.
Well, Malta has done it. With 70% of their population having received at least one shot of a vaccine, the country has become the first E.U. nation and one of few on the exclusive list of “fully” protected countries in the world.
This milestone was achieved on May 24, 2021, due to the country’s great effort and commitment to health and safety, and its ongoing undertaking to integrate vaccination plus prevention, an example that must be followed by other nations worldwide.
May 20 – Malta to replace COVID-19 PCR test requirement with a vaccinate certificate starting June 1.
With more than 60% of its population fully vaccinated, Malta has announced they would replace the requirement of bringing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, with a Digital Green Certificate.
As of today, passengers arriving from Amber-listed countries must submit a COVID-19 PCR test certificate before boarding flights to Malta. But if it is not submitted, visitors must undergo a swab test on arrival or a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
According to the statement, As from June 1, if a visitor has received two doses of a vaccine against COVID-19, being the last dose taken 14 days earlier or more, the vaccine certificate can be used instead of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
They also clarified that all of this depends on whether the Digital Green Certificate is approved and enacted by the European Union. This digital certificate would be free of charge, in digital or paper format, and in both cases it would include a QR code to ensure security and authenticity.