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Travel to Malta in 2021

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Last updated October 26, 2021

Yes, Malta is open to American tourists

From June 17, 2021, Malta has reopened its borders to American tourists. From July 19, 2021 only vaccinated travelers can enter without quarantining.l

Entry Requirements

The Ministry of Health announced the Government of Malta will recognize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card beginning July 19.  CDC cards will be valid for quarantine-free entry into Malta as of July 19, provided holders have received a full vaccination course and that 14 days have passed since their last dose.  As of 01 August 2021 this needs to be verified through the VeriFLY app to be accepted as a valid vaccination certificate.  The VeriFLY app is available on both Google Play ( and Apple App Store (  Go to​ for Verifly FAQs.

Antigen or PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test up to 3 days before departure (not counting the day of departure, so for a flight at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.) Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance (1.5 meters)
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • Masks are mandatory on public transport and in all public spaces, indoor and outdoor (under 3s are exempt). Fines will be levied for non- compliance. From 1 July a maximum of 2 people may remove their masks in outside public spaces if they have been vaccinated and they have an official vaccination certificate (we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation)

Curfews and Movement Restrictions

There is no curfew in place.

Bars & Restaurants

Bars, clubs, restaurants, snack bars and kiosks may open for business: Provided that all bars, clubs, restaurants and kiosks  shall  remain  closed  between  midnight  (12.00a.m.) and five o’clock in the morning (5.00am): Provided  further  that  all  bars,  clubs, restaurants and kiosks shall only serve food to clients who are seated at a table of not more than six (6) persons and a distance of two metres shall be retained between one table and another:

Please note walk-ins are possible but we advise making reservations due to limited capacities. We are happy to make recommendations and help with reservations.


Some sites may be operating at reduced capacities and should be booked ahead. If there is a site you are particularly interested in visiting, please let us know ahead of time so we can check for you.


All shops are open normally.

Estimate for next change in measures

The next major change is scheduled for July 1, 2021.

Useful Links

US Embassy in Malta’s Covid-19 Info Page (not frequently updated)
Visit Malta’s Covid-19 Updates

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