COVID-19 Restrictions – Malta (LMML)
IMPORTANT NOTE: The following entry requirements apply only until 23:59 on 24 July 2022.
Subsidiary Legislation 465.72 Travel Requirements Order, 2022 provides the legal basis for travel to Malta.
Persons may travel to Malta from any country.
As from 6th June 2022, persons aged 12 years and over are permitted to travel to Malta without undergoing quarantine as long as they provide either of the 3 documents mentioned below as per Standards for the Validity of Vaccine Certificates, Recovery Certificates and Test Certificates for the purpose of Travel to Malta Persons who fail to provide one of the below mentioned documents shall be required to submit themselves to a period of quarantine of 10 days in terms of Article 2(2) of the Subsidiary Legislation 465.72 Travel Requirements Order, 2022 or a period of 7 days quarantine provided that on the 7th day of quarantine the person undergoes an official swab test (carried out by a health professional) that results negative. If a negative or ‘non-reactive’ result is obtained on DAY 7 the contact may leave quarantine as of 00.01hrs on the 8th day. The date of arrival is day zero in terms of quarantine duration. Self-tests cannot be used for early release.
- Proof of Vaccination
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination on a valid vaccine certificate recognized by the Superintendent of Public Health
A valid vaccine certificate is where at least 14 days and no more than 270 days have passed after the last scheduled dose of the primary vaccination series was administered. After 270 days, vaccination certificates must include a booster dose. For people under 18 years of age, vaccination certificates with a full primary schedule have no expiry date.
Malta accepts Vaccine certificates for:
- COVID-19 vaccines that have been granted a marketing authorisation pursuant to Regulation (EC) No726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council
- Vaccines having completed the emergency listing procedure of the World Health Organisation (WHO) as long as these are supplemented by a valid proof of a negative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)test obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival (as per conditions below).
iii. Primary full schedule with vaccines that have been accepted under WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) Procedure, provided that a booster dose with an EMA-approved vaccine has been given.
Types of Vaccine certificates accepted:
- EU Digital COVID certificate (EUDCC)
- Vaccine certificate having been recognised as equivalent to EU Digital COVID certificate based on EU equivalence decisions issued by the European Commission.
iii. Vaccine certificates as listed in the Government Gazette by Superintendent of Public Health.
- Proof of Recovery
A certificate of recovery indicating that no more than 180 days have passed since date of the first positive test (and no more than 180 days prior to arrival) on:
- EU Digital COVID certificate
- Digital COVID certificate having been recognised as equivalent to EU Digital COVID certificate based on EU equivalence decisions issued by the European Commission.
iii. Any other recovery certificate -Test Certificate of a positive PCR test of not more than 180 days and not less than 14 days prior to travel as long as this is supplemented by a valid proof of a negative real- time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival (as per conditions below).
- Test Certificate on:
- EU Digital COVID certificate
- Digital COVID certificate having been recognised as equivalent to EU Digital COVID certificate based on EU equivalence decisions issued by the European Commission. Negative PCR test result obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival or a negative rapid antigen test obtained no more than 24 hours before arrival. RAT tests applicable are only those which featured in the common list established on the basis of Council Recommendation 2021/C 24/01 and which is carried out by health professionals or by skilled testing personnel provided it is in the format of the EU Digital COVID certificate.
iii. Any other test certificate with a Negative PCR test result obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival issued from an accredited lab in English. If unavailable in English, an English translation certified by the laboratory or a medical doctor is to be presented.
The recognised vaccine certificates include:
-The Official Maltese vaccination certificate
-The EU Digital COVID vaccination certificate, issued by EU, EEA and non-EU countries and territories connected to the EUDCC gateway. The EU Digital COVID vaccination certificate now includes certificates from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay and Vatican City.
-The Albanian Digital Covid Certificate // Certifikate dixhitale shqiptare COVID
-The Republic of Angola – Digital Certificate – Vaccination against COVID-19
-The Arab Republic of Egypt COVID-19 vaccine certificate
-The Ministerio de Salud, Argentina – Covid-19 Vaccination
-The Armenian “COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate” issued through the United Information System of Electronic Healthcare in the Republic of Armenia
-The Australian International COVID-19 Digital Certificate (Medicare Express Plus App also accepted)
-The Republic of Azerbaijan Vaccination card
-The Kingdom of Bahrain Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate
-The Government of Bermuda Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Bosnia and Herzegovina – Republika Srpska – Certificate of the COVID-19 Vaccination
-The Bosnia and Herzegovina – COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Brazil – Certificado Nacional de Vacinação Covid-19 (using ConecteSUS app)
-The Canadian COVID-19 Provincial Immunisation Records, as verified by Verifly app
-The Official Chile’s Digital Vaccination Certificate
-The Chinese vaccine certificates (International Travel Health Certificate in WeChat app); Hong Kong COVID-19 Electronic Vaccination Record; Taiwan [as shown on NHI app])
-The MiVacuna COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate – Colombia
-The Republis of Ecuador – COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Kingdom of Eswatini – COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Ministry of Health – Ethiopia Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
-The Ghana Health Service COVID-19 Vaccination Card
-The Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey vaccination certificate
-The Government of India – Final Certificate for COVID-19 Vaccination
-The Republic of Indonesia International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (verifiable at https://verify.kemkes.go.id) (as from Monday 2nd May)
-The Iraq “COVID-19 Vaccination Card issued by Kurdistan Regional Government – Iraq
-The Ivory Coast COVID-19 Vaccination certificate (using maSante CI app)
-The Japanese Digital Vaccination Certificate for international travel. Non-digital Vaccination Certificate must be verified with Verifly application.
-The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan COVID-19 Vaccination Certification (verified with Sanad Jo app)
-The Republic of Kenya – COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Health Vaccination Card for COVID-19
-The State of Kuwait Ministry of Health SARS-COV-2 Vaccination Certificate
-The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate
-The Lebanese COVID-19 vaccination record card
-The Libyan – National Center for Disease Control – Libya State of Libya COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Republic of Madacascar – COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The Malaysian -Covid 19 Digital certificate verified through MySejahtera App
-The Republic of Maldives covidSafe COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (using covidSafe app)
-The Republic of Mauritius COVID-19 Vaccination Pass (as scanned using beSafeMoris app)
-The Moldovian “Vaccination Certificate” as issued by Moldova Ministry of Health
-The Nigeria COVID-19 Vaccination Certification Verification
-The Sultanate of Oman Immunisation Certificate for COVID-19
-The Government of Pakistan Immunisation Certificate for COVID-19
-The Palestinian Ministry of Health Vaccination Certificate
-The Peruvian Ministero de Salud – Certificado de Vacunacion
-The Republic of the Philippines International Certificate of Vaccination (with QR code)
-The Covid 19 vaccination certificate issued by the Ministry of Public Health, Doha, Qatar
-The Republic of Rwanda – covid19 vaccination certificate issued by Rwanda Biomedical centre (only on presentation of mobile phone number and respective code)
-The Saudi Arabia vaccine certificate issued by sehhaty.sa
-The Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code*
-The Ministry of Health, Singapore Vaccination Certificate
-The Republic of South Africa COVID-19 e-vaccination certificate (using Verifly app)
-The South Korean “COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate-” as issued through the COOV App
-The Ministry of Health – Sri Lanka Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
-The United Republic of Tanzania Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
-The Turkish Vaccine certificate of full course of vaccination (all QR coded certificates)
-The UAE Al Hosn vaccine certificate
-The UAE Vaccine certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authorities with a readable QR Code
-The Republic of Uganda COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
-The United Kingdom NHS (paper or digital) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Certificate, including the Cayman Islands COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (SmartHealth)
-The United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card verified through the VeriFLY app.
-The Vietnam COVID Digital Pass – as shown on PC-COVID app
-The Republic of Yemen COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
The following are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:
- EU Digital COVID Vaccination Certificate showing one dose unless for a single dose vaccine. **
- Recognized COVID Vaccine Certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose or more than 270 days for the primary schedule
- COVID Vaccine Certificates not on the accepted list
- Negative Rapid Antigen Test, NOT on EU Digital COVID Certificate
- Results from Self-tests are not accepted
RAT tests are not accepted unless on the EU digital COVID certificate format
Who needs to quarantine in relation to travel and what is the period of quarantine?
As from 6th June 2022 persons aged 12 years and over who are not in possession of a recognised vaccination, recovery or test certificate as per applicable standards at COVID-19 – Standards for the Validity of Vaccine Certificates, Recovery Certificates and Test Certificates for the purpose of Travel to Malta,
shall be required to submit themselves to a period of quarantine of 10 days in terms of Article 2(2) of the Subsidiary Legislation 465.72 Travel Requirements Order, 2022 or a period of 7 days quarantine provided that on the 7th day of quarantine the person undergoes an official swab test (carried out by a health professional) that results negative. If a negative or ‘non-reactive’ result is obtained on DAY 7 the contact may leave quarantine as of 00.01hrs on the 8th day. The date of arrival is day zero in terms of quarantine duration. Self-tests cannot be used for early release.
Requirements for COVID-19 testing for passengers who are subject to quarantine
No COVID-19 test is generally required for release from quarantine at the end of the10-day quarantine period in the case of persons travelling to Malta, however Maltese public health authorities may require individuals in quarantine to be tested at their discretion.
Early Release from Quarantine in relation to travel
Early release is effective for 7 days quarantine from date of swab provided that on the 7th day of quarantine the person undergoes an official swab test (carried out by a health professional) that results negative. Self-tests cannot be used for early release. The day of arrival in Malta is considered to be Day 0 (zero) for quarantine purposes.
If a negative or ‘non-reactive’ result is obtained on DAY 7 the contact may leave quarantine as of 00.01hrs on the 8th day.
If the test result is positive or ‘reactive’ then the individual must undergo a period of isolation in line with the standards of isolation of 10 days with date of positive result as day zero.
As from 6th June 2022, children under the age of 12 travelling from any country are not required to submit the documentation outlined above for travel purposes.
Airlines and ferries are to deny boarding to those persons who do not abide by the above-mentioned standards.
Random checks for documentation will be carried out at points of entry.
Persons who will travel back prior to end of quarantine
A person who arrived in Malta and is subject to quarantine may travel out of Malta prior to the end of their quarantine period, provided that they have a negative PCR test carried out within the 72hours prior to travel and provided they travel directly from the quarantine address to the airport/seaport. They will need to notify quarantine team by email on email@example.com .