Malta officially welcomes tourism from 51 different countries as of tomorrow.
With its strong vaccination programme, Malta became the first country in the European Union to reach herd immunity by May 24 2021. The Government of Malta announced that 70% of Maltese residents have now received their first shot, and 42% are fully vaccinated.
Malta’s national vaccination programme has led to a sharp decrease in new COVID-19 cases registered daily, with the number of daily deaths also coming to a halt. Malta has also registered a daily decrease of total active cases, down to double-digit figures.
We have taken this opportunity to list all the information required about Malta’s official tourism re-opening, who can go, what exceptions are being made for vaccinated tourists, and the schemes and incentives that have been put in place by the Government of Malta.
Countries accepted from June 2021
By June 1 2021, Malta will be open for tourism from 51 different countries and include easier entry rules for travellers who are fully vaccinated.
Malta’s current rules for entry include different requirements from passengers coming from countries, as Malta uses the standard ‘traffic light system’ with countries being classified as Green, Amber, and Red. Passengers from Green countries only have to fill out a declaration; Amber countries are required to present the declaration and present a negative 72-hour PCR test, while Red countries are totally restricted to returning residents only.
With the official tourism re-launch, Malta will start allowing fully vaccinated passengers from Amber countries to enter without PCR testing. By definition, fully vaccinated means at least 14 days have elapsed since the final dose of vaccine brands approved by the EU commission.
The current list of countries classified as ‘amber’ include:
China (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan included)
United Arab Emirates
Entry into Malta based on location
Malta’s rules are slightly different from other European Union Nations. Malta does not require passengers to be residents of the above safe countries; they just need to have been physically present in one for the past 14-days. For example, an American traveller who has been present in Germany for 14 days can enter Malta under the Amber rules, even if the USA is not on the Amber list.
Malta’s relaxation of measures
On May 24, Malta extended hours for restaurants until midnight and re-opened pools and gyms.
Since June 1, the use of masks at pools and beaches will no longer be enforced by law and will be recommended, but ultimately it is up to the individual to decide what to do.
On June 7, Malta is expected to relax more measures, with the re-opening of bars, cinemas and casinos and larger groups allowed together in public and at restaurants.
On July 1, the wearing of masks outdoors for vaccinated people will no longer be required as Malta is now launching its official vaccination certificate.
Government Incentives for Travellers
The Government of Malta, through the Malta Tourism Authority, have announced incentives for tourists to visit the country between June 1 to December 31 2021, for a minimum 3-day trip. The Government of Malta will be providing cash vouchers that can be used on hotel properties, catering establishments, wellness spas and other services.
The amounts are as follows:
€100 per person on every booking in a 5-star hotel
€75 per person on every booking in a 4-star hotel
€50 per person on every booking in a 3-star hotel