Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Malta updates list of COVID-19 related "Amber" countries as of Sept. 11; travel and business disruptions remain.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 03:47 PM UTC
Alert Expires 25 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Restrictions, business and travel disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Malta have added the French cities of Paris and Marseille to the list of "Amber" or medium-risk locations as of Sept. 11. Travelers arriving from these locations need to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of arrival. The Czech Republic, Romania, the Spanish regions of Barcelona, Girona, and Madrid, and Tunisia are also currently designated as Amber countries.

Officials are also maintaining a list of "Corridor Countries." Travelers from countries on this list are permitted entry to Malta, and arrivals from such countries not included on the list of Amber destinations are not required to self-isolate for 14 days or present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. As of Sept. 11, 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, Gibraltar, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vatican City

 


Note that reciprocal arrangements for Maltese nationals traveling to these countries are not necessarily in place.

All 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. Any travelers that are not from and have not spent at least 14 days in one of the countries listed above 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.

Most businesses and facilities are permitted to resume operation, provided they implement strict hygiene and social-distancing requirements. Mass gatherings remain restricted, 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.

Advice
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.


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