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Malta updates its travel advice

June 2, 2021
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Malta has published the current travel requirements, stating that a travel ban to and from all red zone countries still applies.

Maltese citizens or registered residents currently in these countries and persons who have been granted exceptional approval to travel to or from a red zone by the Superintendent of Public Health, will be given the opportunity to return to Malta, subject to presenting a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, which test is to be taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta; testing on arrival; in addition, 14 days of mandatory quarantine is required and a repeat PCR test must be taken on day 11-12 of quarantine.

Current travel requirements applicable to all passengers (aged 5 and over)

Any person who travels to Malta, whether by air or by sea, shall prior to boarding and upon arrival provide a completed passenger locator form(PLF) together with a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken not earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Malta.

As from June 1, 2021, a valid Maltese vaccination certificate with clearly visible QR codes can be presented instead of a negative PCR result. Failure to present either, together with a PLF, will result in denied boarding. If upon arrival, any passenger (aged 5 and above) is not in possession of any of the above, the passenger will be subject to a Mandatory PCR test and/or Mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021.

In brief, the Travel Advice for Malta, as at May 29, 2021 is as follows:

• Commercial tourism travel to Malta is only permitted from Amber list countries with a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours before arrival in Malta
• A completed Passenger Locator Form(PLF) and a negative PCR test need to be presented to carrier (by air or by sea) offering travel to Malta. Failure of this shall result in denied boarding.
• A vaccination certificate will only be accepted when;
• EU’s digital Covid passport is in place and functioning
• Bilateral agreements to accept reciprocal vaccination certification between Malta and other country are signed%
• As yet EU Digital Covid Passport and bilateral agreements are not in force
• Commercial tourism travel from countries on Malta’s Red list is not permitted
• No countries are currently on Malta’s Green list
• As from 1st June 2021, fully vaccinated Maltese nationals or Malta residency permit holders may present Maltese vaccination certificate instead of negative PCR test when returning to Malta.
• If upon arrival in Malta, any passenger (aged 5 and older) is not in possession of negative PCR result, or a valid Maltese vaccination certificate in case of Maltese nationals and those holding a Maltese residency permit, the passenger will be subject to a mandatory PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine against a fee as per legal notice LN229 of 2021.

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