Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Malta maintaining entry restrictions as of Sept. 25 due to COVID-19 activity; travel and business disruptions remain.
Alert Begins 25 Sep 2020 12:19 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Restrictions, business and travel disruptions
Authorities in Malta are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Sept. 25 as part of efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials are maintaining a list of "Corridor Countries" from which travelers are permitted entry to Malta. As of Sept. 25, the list of Corridor Countries is as follows:
- Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vatican City
Some of these locations are classed as “Amber,” or medium-risk. Travelers arriving from Amber-designated locations must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. The city of Marseille, and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY) airports in France, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Spanish regions of Barcelona, Girona, and Madrid, and Tunisia are currently designated as Amber locations.
Any travelers who are not from, or have not been a resident of one of the Corridor countries for at least 14 days, will need a special permit from the Health Authorities in Malta to enter the country and might have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival if granted access. All international arrivals are required to fill out the Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator forms and will be required to undergo thermal screening upon arrival.
Most businesses and facilities are permitted to resume operation, provided they implement strict hygiene and social-distancing requirements; a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet) is required between members of different households. Mass gatherings remain prohibited, and facemasks are mandatory in many enclosed public spaces, including public transport.
All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
Confirm all travel plans and business appointments. Follow all official directives. Abide by national health and safety measures. Carry proper identification and other necessary travel documents to present at security checks; remain polite and nonconfrontational with border officials. Maintain contact with diplomatic representations. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medicines will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.