Can I travel to Malta? Rules and restrictions explained

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The destination has been moved to the green list

Malta is one of the destinations that was expected to be added to the green list back in May, so travellers were shocked when it was initially announced that it would be amber. However, it’s good news for those desperate to visit the destination, as it’s now on the green list. But what exactly does that mean if you’re travelling from the UK, and is Malta open to visitors? Here’s what we know.

Is Malta on the green list?

On Thursday 24 June, it was announced that Malta would be added to the green list from 4am on Wednesday 30 June, which means that travellers returning to the UK from the destination do not need to quarantine, either at home or in a hotel. They will, however, have to take a PCR test 72 hours before departing from Malta, and another on or before the second day of arrival in the UK.

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What are the entry requirements for Malta?

Here comes the issue for some travellers from the UK: since Wednesday 30 June, Malta has required all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination. From Thursday 1 July, both the NHS Covid Pass letter and the digital app version will be accepted. Children aged five to 11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents/legal guardian and must show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Children under five do not need a test. Children aged 12-18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination.

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Everyone must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form. These will be shown to Maltese officials as you arrive in the country.

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Will Malta go onto the amber list?

There’s always a chance that a destination will move down to the amber list, but Malta is a relatively safe bet right now, as it’s been kept off the government’s green watchlist (destinations on the watchlist are deemed potential risk areas and are more likely to be moved down).

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However, that’s not to say you should be too confident. The next travel review is due on Thursday 15 July, but things could potentially change before then if Covid cases rise in Malta. For now, if you’re planning a trip, we recommend booking with a flexible policy and investing in travel insurance with Covid cover for extra peace of mind.

Where to go: Valletta is home to some of the most in-demand hotels in Europe. Pick from vibrant Trabuxu Boutique Living, smart Palazzo Prince D’Orange with views of the Grand Harbour, or the retro-contemporary Valletta Vintage apartments.

What to do: After 18 months without travel, you might just want to soak up the feeling of being on a warm beach again, and Malta is the perfect place to simply stretch out on the sand. Alternatively, see below for 10 more editors’ tips on what to do in the country.

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