malta opened for tourists with travel covid restrictions

Malta is open for tourists as one of the few places with herd immunity since May 24

Malta is open to tourists from 51 amber-listed countries but with few entry requirements.

The country has decided to unify green and amber lists of countries allowed entry to Malta. Restrictions from the amber list now apply to all inbound travelers.

Travelers from the Amber list must submit a test taken within 72 before departure and undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Malta Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

Malta, island country

June 4 – Malta reached herd immunity on May 24

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. 

(Source: Reuters)

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.

May 5 – Malta, the second most vaccinated country that not many want to visit

Malta has recently reached the honorable second place as the most vaccinated country in the world with 52.81% of its citizens having received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 24.62% being fully vaccinated. 

However, not many travelers seem to be interested in visiting the country.

Malta International Airport (MIA) has only recorded 1.7 million passengers this year, down 76.1% of the total who came to the country last year, even during the most difficult times of the pandemic. 

“Agility is the name of the game. We remain extremely vigilant of the situation, with an aim to take timely measures as the need arises,” said (MIA) CEO Alan Borg.

As of now, Malta is only open to tourists coming from “low-risk” countries. That might explain the decrease in passenger numbers. 

April 20 – Malta to hand out cash to foreign visitors

Malta authorities expect to lift most restrictions by June, for the summer season. The Tourism Minister, Clayton Bartolo, announced on April 9 that the government will be offering cash (of up to 200 dollars) as an incentive to foreign visitors staying in one of the country’s hotels. 

According to the Minister, visitors choosing 5-star hotels to spend their holidays will receive a 100 euros incentive by the Malta’s Tourism Authority and 100 euros from the hotel. Those who prefer a 4-star hotel will get 150 euros total, and those choosing a 3-star hotel will get 100 euros total. 

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Is Malta open for tourism?

It is, but there may be restrictions depending on where you are coming from. Find your country in the following lists to see what policies apply to you

Green-listed countries that can enter Malta without test or quarantine

Amber list of countries that need to take COVID test before entering Malta

Travelers coming from an amber-listed country will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival. In the case of not providing a negative test result they will have to get tested on arrival and/or go into quarantine for 14 days.

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan included)
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon 
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

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Red list

Countries not included on the Amber list belong on the Red List.

Can people from the red list still enter the country?

Yes, but,

  1. They have to spend at least 14 days in one of the safe corridor countries before arrival and, 
  2. Submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.

Is it safe to visit Malta during COVID-19?

Malta is no longer on the list of the safest places to visit in Europe. (Epidemiology level 4) (CDC.gov)

COVID situation in Malta

As of June 4, Malta has reported 30,559 cases and 419 deaths.

What are local restrictions in Malta?

Tourists in Malta

Plenty of activities have reopened in Malta. Click on the list to see the details. 

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