Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Malta on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Malta.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. Check when you book that the testing service can provide the appropriate COVID-19 test.

Check with the provider that results will be available in time for your flight. If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Make sure your travel insurance covers this eventuality.

You can schedule a test at any private testing clinic in Malta. The Malta Tourism Authority has collated a list of some of the possible providers.

For departures, Malta International Airport advises travellers to use the airline check-in desk to have COVID-19 documentation checked, even if they have already checked in online. Travellers found to be without correct documentation at the departure gate may be prevented from boarding their flight.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Malta

Passengers on public transport, including the Gozo ferry and clients of commercial entities must wear face masks.

Public spaces and services

It is mandatory to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces (children under 3 are exempt). It is also mandatory to wear a face mask in all outdoor public spaces, unless you are in groups of no more than two people, both of whom must have received a booster vaccine.

From Monday 17th January, presentation of a valid vaccination certificate, for those aged 12 and over, is mandatory for entry to the following locations:

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Cinemas
  • Pools, spas and saunas
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Bowling alleys
  • Theatres
  • Organised public events
  • Casinos, gaming parlours and bingo halls

The following exemptions apply from 17 January for residents of Malta:

  • Children between 12-18 who have not yet been offered the booster shot
  • Children under 12
  • Mothers in their first trimester
  • Medical reasons that have prevented you from taking the booster
  • People who tested positive for COVID-19 have a 6 week exemption until they can get their booster shot

From Monday 7 February, presentation of a valid vaccination certificate will no longer be required for entry into the following places:

  • Restaurants
  • Snackbars
  • Social Clubs

From Monday 14 February, presentation of a valid vaccination certificate will no longer be required for entry into the following places:

  • Bars
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Pools, saunas and spas
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres

There is a limit of 8 people per table in hospitality establishments, and no social distancing between tables is required. Masks are to be worn inside, unless seated and eating or drinking.

If you live in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, Malta will accept the UK’s COVID vaccine certification (both the digital and letter versions) as proof of your vaccination status. Digital certificates must include a verifiable 2D barcode (QR code). If you are travelling with a printed proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

If you are resident in Malta and have a Maltese-issued vaccination certificate, the validity of your certificate is as follows:

  • The certificate is valid for 3 months from the date of the second dose (or the first dose for Jannsen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine)
  • The certificate is valid for 9 months from the date of the third dose (booster vaccination)

For vaccination certificates issued outside of Malta, the validity of that certificate will apply.

Residents of Malta who need to return to Malta will be given a grace period until 1st February 2022 to get their booster vaccination.

Groups in outdoor public places are limited to 6 people unless from the same household.

Full details of exemptions from mask wearing are available online. Medical exemptions must be certified by a medical professional.

From Monday 7 February, there will be no longer be a restriction on the number of households allowed to meet indoors.

Social distancing of 2 metres is encouraged in all outdoor and indoor public places where possible. Full information is available on the coronavirus advice page.

Health

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions. Please note that 111 only works from local numbers. Please use +356 21324086, if calling from a foreign number.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Malta.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Malta

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Malta announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Maltese national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. British nationals resident in Malta are eligible for vaccination. Further details can be found on the Ministry of Health website. Details on how to get vaccinated is available by dialling 145 or by checking the Ministry of Health website. The number 145 can only be accessed from local numbers. From foreign numbers, please call +356 21324086.

British Nationals resident in Malta may apply for their vaccination through https://vaccin.gov.mt/. You will need to enter your residence card number, and a text message with the appointment date and location will be sent to you.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad webpage.

If you’re a British national living in Malta, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

The Maltese Government has a coronavirus advice page and information is available from Visit Malta. A helpline is also available on 111.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.