Are you considering booking a trip to Malta this year?
I know, I know.
PCR, RT-PCR along with Malta travel restrictions, right?
But it is not as hard as you may think.
Today’s post is written to simplify the process and help you get onto the next flight to Malta!
Granted, the pandemic has forced change upon us, but come on…
you’re not going to let a thing like that get between you and a gorgeous crystalline beach now are you?
Honestly, you’ll be fine… as long as you remember to do these 5 useful tips before booking.
Grab a drink and lets dive right in!
Check Malta’s Travel Restrictions Too!
First things first.
Check travel restrictions for both countries
Being placed on a so-called green list doesn’t automatically
equate, (no) entitle the country to reciprocity.
For instance, the UK has placed Malta on their green list. Most likely because the number of active cases currently stands at 7.
But the same cannot be said for the UK… yet.
As a result, the UK has been placed on Malta’s red list.
With things changing all the time- and oft at a moment’s notice! Though no way as exciting as checking out beach pics on Instagram…
but you’ll need to include Malta travel restrictions as part of the new holiday countdown.
Get familiar with Malta’s Traffic Light System
Travel has evolved significantly since COVID-19. For me, it saw words such as Malta travel restrictions and social distance become part of everyday vocab.
And now I have a new one for you: “Traffic Light System” (in the context of travel).
Green is most probably the easiest to remember and will no doubt become a trending topic.
But how about your reds and even your dark reds? (Don’t worry, I won’t go into this here, but it is unlikely you can travel here).
The list is updated regularly and is dependent on the COVID-19 risk of the country you are planning to travel to Malta from.
Check the list daily to see where your country fares in the traffic light system
Red List Countries
Currently travelling to Malta from a red (and amber) list country requires that you are fully vaccinated i.e. double jabbed or completed the full course (in the case of Johnson & Johnson).
- This applies to all travellers aged 12 years and over.
- Children aged 5 to 11 can travel with their (vaccinated) parents on the proviso they take and submit a PCR test dated within the last 72 hours.
Failing this – it’s a “computer-says-no” situation
Naturally, the Maltese health authorities will require proof that travellers aged 12 years and over have been fully vaccinated.
Here are the acceptable forms of proof (see below for current vaccination deemed acceptable for travel to Malta):
An official Maltese Vaccination Certificate
NHS (British) COVID Pass (Letter or App) Get yours at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter
EU Digital Covid Certificate
Please note, you must have completed the full (vaccine) course i.e the 2nd jab no less than 14 days from the date you are due to board your flight.
UAE Vaccination Certificate with readable QR code (Must be issued by Dubai Health Authorities) confirming full vaccination completed no less than 14 days earlier.
Turkish Vaccination Certificate confirming fully vaccinated with the final dose received no less than 14 days earlier.
USA* CDC Covid-19 Record Card confirming fully vaccinated with the final dose received no less than 14 days earlier.
*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.
You also must complete and hand in with the above:
- A Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for each (individual) traveller
Malta Travel: Acceptable Vaccines
Malta Health Authorites is currently accepting the following vaccinations:
- Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty™)
- Moderna (SpikeVax)
- Astra Zeneca* (Vaxzevria)
- Johnson & Johnson) (Janssen)
*All AstraZeneca batches as approved by UK MHRA (Indian Batches too!)
See. Not too painful right?
Another thing: check and check and check again. The airline (and seaport officials) will also verify you have all this information.
If you do not have this info – they will not let you travel and should you somehow make it on the flight. Let me tell you now it’s not worth it.
Mandatory Quarantine for “Unvaccinated” Travellers Arriving in Malta
Should you arrive into Malta without acceptable proof you are vaccinated (with the approved list of vaccines)…
you’ll be placed into mandatory quarantine for 14 days charged at €100 per night (=€1400).
In addition you will be charged €120 for each PCR test undertaken by the authorities.
Amber List Countries
If you are travelling to Malta from an Amber List country (or have been residing in one for the past 14 days) you will need to submit the following:
- A completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for each (individual) traveller
- A negative RT-PCR (note difference RT-PCR) test dated within the last 72 hours of travelling to Malta (aged 5 and over)
Or one of the following:
- An official Maltese Vaccination Certificate Or
- NHS (British) COVID Pass (Letter or App)
- EU Digital Covid certificate
(aged 12 and over, vaccinated must have been completed no less than 14 days)
Should you arrive without these documents – could see you headed for mandatory quarantine and/or repeat PCR tests with any additional costs payable by none other than you.
Food for thought: Think about what it could mean for the other passengers if you have COVID-19 and board a plane?
Malta Travel: Restrictions & Social Distance Measures
You may have seen a few funny mask tan line memes that were doing the rounds in the run-up to summer.
Like the traffic like system, every country has handled the pandemic differently.
And whether you agree or disagree, each country has imposed different restrictions and social distance measures.
On that front, Malta isn’t unique. But the last thing you need on a holiday (or any time for that matter) is getting caught out and landing a hefty fine.
“For example, without a downloaded vaccination certificate (which you must have on you), masks must be worn in all (public) outdoor spaces (unless you are swimming).
Bars have been ordered to close by 2am
Clubs remain closed and feasts are unable to go ahead”
Before (and after) booking you will need to make sure you are fully aware of all Malta Travel restrictions and social distance measures currently in force.
Tip: Don’t forget to check out if there are any restrictions in place for specific attractions you are keen to see.
Check the Small Print Before Booking a Trip to Malta
Before you even consider booking a trip to Malta, you will need to familiarise yourself with the terms you are being offered.
(Yes I know…boooooooooring).
But have you considered what will happen to your hard-earned money if either government makes changes to the traffic system?
I remember seeing a certain budget airline CEO state:
if the scheduled flight still goes ahead (which it is likely to) refunds won’t be given to customers not on the flight.
Better grab a cup of something and set to reading.
Also if you’re not sure of something, feel free to ask.
Most sites have live chat, social media accounts etc. At the very least you will want clarity surrounding their cancellation policy.
Insurance to Travel to Malta
Last and by no means least, let’s talk about travel insurance.
No one likes to think about the worst happening.
But in this case, I prefer to see it as planning for the worse. Call it a contingency plan.
Have you considered what will happen if you contracted COVID-19 during your holiday?
You would be unable to fly back home until you made a complete full recovery (at least 14 days)
And you would have to fund your quarantine and rebook your flight home.
So now you see, with the risk of running costs, it’s crucial. Thankfully, travel insurance companies are aware of. At least the best ones are!
Many policies include cover for COVID-19.
To give you added peace of mind, look for one that offers an enhanced COVID -19 cover.
Final word on Malta Travel Restrictions
As one of my best friends said today:
“this new travel system is likely to remain with us for some time”.
And I agree.
Once you get the hang of this, it will seem like a doddle. If you love travelling and wish to continue to do so in a post-pandemic world, then it’s time to make these helpful tips part of your new normal.
And in any case, I added a checklist below to easily navigate Malta Travel Restrictions, so nothing stopping you now!
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Red List Checklist
Amber List Checklist
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Sources: Visit Malta, deputyprimeminster.gov.mt