malta opened for tourists with travel covid restrictions

Malta is open for tourism and plans to lift more COVID restrictions on Aug. 16

Malta is open to tourists from 74 Red-listed countries with few entry requirements.

Visitors from Dark Red Zones are only allowed for essential travel and must spend 14 days in quarantine at their own expense.

The country is no longer using its old amber list. Now countries are classified as Red Zones and Dark Red Zones.

Malta Reopening Tourism – Latest Updates

Malta, island country

August 8 – Malta to lift more COVID restrictions on Aug. 16 as its vaccination rate reaches 86% 

Starting August 16, multiple COVID restrictions will be eased in Malta as the country has fully vaccinated 86 percent of the adults in the territory. 

According to Malta’s Health Minister Chris Fearne, outdoor events capacity will be increased from 200 to 300 people and even 500 if attendees are fully vaccinated.

For now, wearing a face mask and observing social distancing continues to be mandatory, but given Malta’s pandemic management it shouldn’t be for long.

Source: Xinhuanet News

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. 

Source: Visit Malta

Is Malta open for tourism?

Malta is open to travelers from a number of countries (see list below).

Red Countries/Zones:

Passengers arriving from “Red Zones” are required to present a completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form ​(PLF). A false declaration will be considered a criminal offence. 

Also, proof of being fully vaccinated is mandatory. 

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Armenia
  4. Australia
  5. Austria
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Belgium
  8. Belize
  9. Bhutan
  10. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  11. Bulgaria
  12. Canada
  13. China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
  14. Croatia​
  15. Cuba
  16. Cyprus
  17. Czechia
  18. Denmark
  19. Egypt
  20. Estonia
  21. Faroe Islands
  22. Fiji
  23. Finland
  24. France
  25. Georgia
  26. Germany
  27. Gibraltar
  28. Greece
  29. Hungary
  30. Iceland
  31. Ireland
  32. Iran
  33. Israel
  34. Italy
  35. Jamaica
  36. Japan
  37. Jordan
  38. Kazakhstan
  39. Kosovo
  40. Latvia
  41. Lebanon
  42. Libya
  43. Liechtenstein
  44. Lithuania
  45. Luxembourg
  46. Moldova
  47. Monaco
  48. Montenegro
  49. Netherlands
  50. New Zealand
  51. North Macedonia
  52. Norway
  53. Panama
  54. Poland
  55. Portugal
  56. Qatar
  57. Romania
  58. San Marino
  59. Saudi Arabia
  60. Serbia
  61. Singapore
  62. Slovakia
  63. Slovenia
  64. South Korea
  65. Spain
  66. Sweden
  67. Switzerland
  68. Turkey
  69. Ukraine
  70. United Arab Emirates
  71. United Kingdom
  72. Vatican City
  73. Vietnam
  74. 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.


Dark Red Zones

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.

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Mongolia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (country)
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Reunion
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barts
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maarten (French part)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • United States, minor outlying Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands (British)
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


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 one of the safest places to visit in Europe. (Level 1 – Low level) (

COVID situation in Malta

As of August 8, Malta has reported 34,787 cases and 424 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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Malta reopening border: Updates Archives

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.

The country reached herd immunity back on May 24. So far, 80.9 percent of residents have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, according to Fortune’s COVID-19 global vaccine tracker

Source: INews

June 21 – Malta reopened to the U.S. on June 18 but not all states are welcomed

Malta has reopened to the U.S. but only 38 states are welcomed. According to Malta epidemiology standards, 12 states couldn’t make it to its “amber” list.

Accepted Americans still need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before boarding or undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense.

“Malta looks forward to welcoming back all Americans, one of our strongest inbound markets,” said Johann Buttigieg, chief executive officer of the Malta Tourism Authority, last week. 

Check the complete list of allowed states at our “Amber list

(Source: Travel and Leisure)

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.