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Flying to Malta during COVID-19 – Questions & Answers

Visiting Malta and the COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated on: 21.07.2021

Day-to-day life in Malta has not changed a lot in the last months. However, the international situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to be more cautious when planning trips – whether on our own or with your family. This is why we have prepared the below guide – to help you organise your trip to the Maltese Islands as stress-free as possible. Our Ready4Malta team tried to cover all the questions you might have about your Working, Fitness Holidays or English Course in Malta. 


Please keep in mind that the procedures and laws described below tend to change very dynamically. We are doing our best to keep them up-to-date but remember that the article should be considered purely as supporting information, not a legal document. 


 

Before your departure to Malta

Can I fly to Malta now despite the pandemic?

Yes, it is possible. You can fly to Malta directly from any major European city. We strongly recommend using Skyscanner to find the best connections. More information: Flights to Malta – how to get here?

 

Do I need a COVID-19 test to fly to Malta?

Currently, only fully vaccinated people are allowed to enter Malta, min. 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine, with the ‘Vaccine passport’. The full list of documents required and accepted by the Maltese authorities is available here: Visit Malta – Malta Tourism Authority – COVID-19.


Those who do not meet all formal requirements upon arrival in Malta will be subjected to a compulsory 2-week quarantine at their own expense in a hotel designated for this purpose by the Government of Malta.

I caught COVID-19 before departure to Malta, what now?

If you test positive for COVID-19 before departure from your country or if for any other reason you cannot travel to Malta, do not worry – you will not lose your money.


According to our Terms & Conditions, you can get a 100% refund on the paid sum, if you cancel your stay not later than 15 days before your scheduled arrival. More details can be found below on this page, under Cancellation / rescheduling policy.

What documents do I need to have with me when flying to Malta?

Due to the COVID-19 related regulations, every passenger flying to Malta should fill out 3 forms (you can download them below). These forms will be given out by the flight attendants or at the airport. However, we strongly recommend printing them and filling them out while still at home so that after passing them to the respective personnel, you can quickly collect your luggage and leave the airport after landing.

What is the situation with COVID-19 in Malta now?

The Maltese government, in cooperation with the health service, has so far been successful in controlling the current situation on the island. Well-planned, strategic decisions of local authorities have also been highlighted by representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Malta is the 3rd country in the world in terms of the frequency of tests performed. You can find the up-to-date statistics on new COVID-19 cases in the Maltese Islands on this website: Malta COVID-19 Statistics Tracker. 


For more information on the everyday life in Malta today, see the Life in Malta during the COVID-19 pandemic section below.


 

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During your flight to Malta

What is it like to be on plane during the pandemic?

As per the most recent guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), both airports and airlines have introduced updated safety measures. They include:




  • passengers’ body temperature checks before boarding




  • the obligatory use of face masks throughout the whole flight




  • cashless payments during the in-flight service




Please  keep in mind that the exact rules, like accepting visors, types of face masks  / visors accepted or the max. temperature allowing for entering the plane, might differ, depending on the airline. Before departure, make sure you check all the information made available by your carrier. 

Can I get COVID-19 on a plane?

According to the most recent research published in the US, the risk of catching the coronavirus while on the board of a plane,  is extremely low. Read more: The odds of catching COVID-19 on a plane are slimmer than you think. Thanks to advanced air exchange and filtering, and regular disinfection of the facilities, planes are considered to be the safes mean of organised transport in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After arrival in Malta

Is quarantine mandatory in Malta?

Currently, only fully vaccinated people are allowed to enter Malta, min. 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine, with ‘Vaccine passport’. The full list of documents required and accepted by the Maltese authorities is available here: Visit Malta – Malta Tourism Authority – COVID-19. Those who do not meet all formal requirements upon arrival in Malta will be subjected to a compulsory 2-week quarantine at their own expense in a hotel designated for this purpose by the Government of Malta.

Can I do a COVID-19 test at the airport in Malta?

Currently, only fully vaccinated people are allowed to enter Malta, min. 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine, with ‘Vaccine passport’. The full list of documents required and accepted by the Maltese authorities is available here: Visit Malta – Malta Tourism Authority – COVID-19. Those who do not meet all formal requirements upon arrival in Malta will be subjected to a compulsory 2-week quarantine at their own expense in a hotel designated for this purpose by the Government of Malta.
Life in Malta now during the COVID-19 pandemic

Are face masks obligatory in Malta?

Anyone who has taken all doses of the vaccine and 14 days has passed since the last dose and is in possession of the vaccine certificate, will be able to stay without a mask in open public places in groups of 2.

The obligation to wear masks does not apply to beaches and swimming pools.

In other cases, it is obligatory to wear masks.

 

What are the main restrictions?

The main rules you have to remember on a daily basis are:




  • face masks are mandatory when in indoor public spaces, in case of not vaccinated people also outdoors




  • using hand sanitizers and washing your hands frequently are strongly encouraged




  • social & physical distancing (1,5 m between 2 persons)




 

Are bars and restaurants open in Malta? What about the shops?

Currently open:



  • restaurants and

  • bars

  • swimming pools

  • gyms

  • shops with clothes, furniture, toys, etc.

  • museums

  • shopping centers

  • playgrounds

  • nurseries / kindergartens

  • cinemas

  • theaters

  • bars, kazini (table service only)


Discos and nightclubs remain closed.

There are no restrictions on movement. Outside, you can meet in groups of up to 6 people.

What if I catch COVID-19 in Malta?

If you happen to get tested positive for COVID-19 while in Malta, there are a few things to keep in mind:



  • you will be placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine at your own expense – we recommend that you purchase appropriate insurance before leaving the country


  • you are not alone! We are in Malta and in case of emergency, you can always contact a Ready4Malta representative. 




 

Important Emergency Numbers - COVID-19 Helpline

If you suspect that you are suffering from COVID-19, you are not supposed to leave your residence and have to call the national COVID-19 helpline instead. 


Important numbers in Malta:




  • National COVID-19 Helpline: 111




  • Groceries/medicines for people in quarantine: +356 21 411 411




  • E-mail: quarantine.covid19@gov.mt




Your country’s embassy or consulate in Malta:


Based on the country you are from, we strongly recommend contacting also the respective embassy or consulate in Malta for any assistance you may need.


 

Do the language schools in Malta operate as usual?


  • From July 14, 2021, language schools in Malta are closed – until further notice.

  • Wearing a mask or transparent cover (visor) is required on site. A cover is recommended to ensure proper communication.

  • Some schools may control the body temperature of students

  • The use of hand sanitizers (provided by the school) is strongly recommended.

  • Schools are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

  • Each school has the right to apply and adapt its own safety rules, which do not fall under the jurisdiction of Angielski-Malta.pl. 


 

What are the COVID-19 rules in the Fitness4Malta Training Centre?

Please refer to our Info & T&C for the most up-to-date safety measurements and guidelines regarding the outdoor and indoor classes.

Cancellation Policy & Applicable Fees

Working Holidays in Malta with Ready4Malta


  • up to 15 days before the date of arrival in Malta – 100% refund of the amount paid so far

  • less than 15 days before the date of arrival in Malta – no refunds, the customer receives a voucher worth 100% of the amount paid so far, valid 12 months from the planned date of arrival in Malta


 

Fitness & Yoga Holidays in Malta with Fitness4Malta


  • up to 15 days before the date of arrival in Malta – 100% refund of the amount paid so far

  • less than 15 days before the date of arrival in Malta – no refunds, the customer receives a voucher worth 100% of the amount paid so far, valid 12 months from the planned date of arrival in Malta


 

English Course Holidays in Malta with Angielski-Malta.pl

  • up to 7 days before the date of arrival in Malta – 100% refund of the amount paid so far
  • less than 7 days before the date of arrival in Malta – no refunds, the customer receives a voucher worth 100% of the amount paid so far, valid 12 months from the planned date of arrival in Malta

Half- or Full-Day Tours of Malta with Ready4Malta


  • up to 15 days before the date of arrival in Malta – 100% refund of the amount paid so far

  • less than 15 days before the date of arrival in Malta – no refunds, the customer receives a voucher worth 100% of the amount paid so far, valid 12 months from the planned date of arrival in Malta


 

Group and Corporate Travel with Ready4Malta

  • Conditions are determined individually based on the contract signed between the parties.

Important - rescheduling your trip / voucher

Please note that if you change your date of stay in Malta (as part of postponing the trip or using the voucher), the total price of the package may change. This is due to differences in the price of accommodation, which in Malta fluctuates greatly depending on the season. Depending on the situation, the you will be required to pay the appropriate surcharge or you will be entitled to receiving a refund.

Remember - you are not alone!
When planning your Working Holidays, Fitness & Yoga Holiday or an English Course in Malta, remember – you will not be alone here! We are in Malta and if you need any emergency assistance, we will support you in the best way we can.

 

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