Malta open to American tourists, everyone – what you need to know


Thusday Joey pham, an American tourist, arrived in Malta. This after sending an email to the government to make sure it understood correctly: that Malta is open to US citizens, despite the travel ban in Europe. If so, they spend 14 days before arriving in a safe corridor country.

Like Malta airport clearly indicates.

In accordance with current public health regulations: “Travel is permitted for people who have resided in one of the countries listed below for at least 14 days prior to the date of their trip,” he said. . Otherwise, “Travel from a country not included in the list is not allowed …”

While most EU states implement the ban on holidaymakers from all countries not on the bloc’s ‘white list’, Malta is proceeding differently.

“I was quite shocked to hear this about Malta because it was about Schengen,” Pham said. “I learned that from a community of travelers. I went to Croatia too, it was relatively easy with my test in hand. But since there were no direct flights between Malta and Malta, I went through Italy. (Italy, to be clear, would not have accepted him in principle as an American tourist, although most EU countries allow transit).

US tourists can travel to Malta from corridor countries

This means that American and other tourists can arrive in Malta after a fortnight in any of the 50 travel corridor countries listed on Visit Malta website. If so, it’s the one that welcomes Americans, like Croatia or Turkey.

The Maltese Deputy Prime Minister website clearly states the rules:

“WHO CAN TRAVEL? WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS? “

Every person, including a Maltese citizen or a person with a valid residence permit, residing in a corridor country for 14 days or more … there is no travel ban for these countries. ”

I received the same response as Pham from the government’s ‘COVID-19 response team’: travel to Malta, even by air, is permitted as long as all transit is also through a corridor country.

“Once this is achieved, you will then be free to travel to Malta without the need to quarantine or adhere to any other medical protocol. “

  • To travel to Malta, you must spend a minimum of 14 days in a Corridor country.
  • No transit through the airports of non-corridor countries is allowed.
  • Before traveling, check your immigration and visa status directly with [email protected]
  • Systems are in place to verify the origin of passengers arriving in Malta.
  • Passengers must complete the Public health declaration form and passenger tracking form. Both should be handed over to the aircraft crew or left in safes at the exit of the temperature checkpoints at the terminals at Malta International Airport.

Road travel in the EU largely uncontrolled, but not air travel

Of course, with the EU’s internal borders open, traveling by road is easy for a US passport holder. Once they arrive in Europe, they do, and in the few countries that are open to them.

But the Malta approach is rare and means you can fly too. “There are no direct flights,” says James Debono of Malta today. “And my impression is that no travel is allowed between Malta and the United States.”

But countries in the travel corridor yes.

Tourists in the Covid Age

Pham, 30, and his Chinese girlfriend were due to go on a cruise in March from Florida. But the day they landed in Miami from New York, he said, “President Trump cut off all cruises.” Instead, they embarked on what has been a rather whirlwind trip from … global tourists in the age of Covid.

“We decided to go to Costa Rica. It closed its borders a few days after we arrived, so we sat there for a while. Then we tried to go to China, but on our flight from San Diego to Japan, China announced the border closures. So we stayed in Japan and then went back to America and spent time with families in Oklahoma and Texas.

In July, the couple flew to Turkey again. After staying there for a maximum of one month, they flew to Croatia. “Both are considered safe by the Maltese authorities,” says Pham, a former investment banker who currently invests in travel.

More EU countries can use the 14 day rule

Pham sees this trend grow, as he continues his fearless adventures. “More and more EU countries such as Malta are increasingly allowing American tourists to visit. Not coming directly – if you could catch a flight anyway – but from other safe travel lanes. ”

The irony being that Malta has the second highest Covid infection rate in the EU after Spain. The 14th day tendency is 114 cases per 100,000 people.

“It’s not sure,” Pham concedes.

As the gap widens, from Friday midnight one negative covid test result will be mandatory for passengers coming from Spain (Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Girona), Romania and Bulgaria.

It is a scenario that is playing out across Europe. Safe travel corridors could decline as Covid makes a strong comeback.



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