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Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.
If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Travel to Malta
Anyone considering travel to Malta should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.
Travel requirements are subject to change at short notice and are a policy decision of the Maltese authorities.
The Maltese authorities have announced the following current COVID-19 related requirements for entry to Malta for those travelling from what Malta designates a RED ZONE (including Ireland) and who have been in a red zone for at least the previous 14 days:
- Anyone aged 12 and over can travel to Malta as long as they hold a certificate of full vaccination for an EMA-approved COVID 19 Vaccine, including EU Digital COVID Certificates, Maltese and NHS (UK) certificates. A full list of acceptable certificates is available at www.traveltomalta.gov.mt and Re-open EU. Please note that handwritten vaccination certificates or vaccination cards will not be accepted by Malta. Full vaccination for Malta means a certificate issued 14 days after the second dose or 14 days after the single dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vaccination Certificates approved by Malta as above and which show mixed use of EMA approved vaccines, in line with the above other conditions, are also accepted.
- All passengers are required to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) via the online EU-dPLF platform which can be accessed at https://app.euplf.eu/#/ This must be completed prior to boarding.
- A Public Health Travel Declaration form.pdf (gov.mt) should be completed.
- Arrivals who are not vaccinated are subject to Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for 14 days at their own expense (€100 per night per room). Any related PCR testing is also at the person’s own expense.
- Children aged between 5 & 11 inclusive do not require a vaccination certificate but require a negative PCR COVID-19 test carried out a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. Rapid Tests (Antigen Tests) are not accepted.
- Children below the age of 5 years do not need to test. Parents/legal guardians need to complete a passenger locator form (PLF) on their behalf.
- All children must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian in possession of authorised certification of full vaccination as above.
- Pregnant persons may be exempt from quarantine when arriving from a red country/zone, after having spent 14 days in a red country/zone, upon presentation of a negative RT-PCR result performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival into Malta (Rapid Antigen Tests are not accepted) and if:
(i) in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, on presentation of a signed and dated medical doctor’s certificate or antenatal card to confirm pregnancy and dates is presented;
(ii) beyond 12 weeks of pregnancy, on presentation of a signed and dated medical doctor’s certificate or antenatal card to confirm pregnancy and dates, as well as medical certification indicating the reason why COVID-19 vaccine was not/could not be taken earlier is presented.
- Malta also permits a recognised vaccine certificate showing recovery from COVID-19 plus one dose of an EMA approved vaccine, as per the vaccination policy of the issuing country, administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Malta.
- Recognised vaccine certificates which include primary full schedule with a WHO approved vaccine, are now being recognised provided that a booster dose with an EMA approved vaccine has been given.
- Travel from DARK RED COUNTRIES / ZONES as designated by Malta, or if the passenger has spent time in a DARK RED COUNTRY / ZONE in the previous 14 days, is only permitted for essential travel in exceptional circumstances and only with prior authorisation. Successful applicants for prior authorisation must undergo 14 days quarantine on arrival to Malta. Please see www.traveltomalta.gov.mt for further information including how to apply for prior authorisation.
- The Maltese authorities can also be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to note that the following documents are NOT VALID for entry into Malta:
- EU Digital COVID Recovery Certificate (or any other COVID Recovery Certificate).
- EU Digital COVID Vaccination Certificate (or any other such certificate) showing 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses.
- Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose.
- Negative Rapid Antigen Test, whether on EU Digital COVID Certificate or otherwise.
- Handwritten vaccination certificates or vaccination cards
- Vaccine certificates for non-EMA approved vaccines.
- Vaccine certificates not on the accepted list.
Please note that from 17 January 2022 there are restrictions to the duration of validity of vaccination certificates issued by the Maltese Authorities. The duration of validity of a vaccine certificate issued by the Maltese Authorities are set out as follows:
For Adults aged 18 years and over:
- primary schedule with last dose administered not more than 3 months previously
- primary schedule and booster with last dose of booster administered not more than 9 months previously
For under 18 years:
- primary schedule
For purposes of travel, a temporary exemption may be permitted until 1 February 2022, after which the person would be required to undergo a period of 14 days quarantine on arrival: for further and full information, please see https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx
Restrictions are in place within Malta and subject to change at short notice. You are advised to follow the guidance of the Maltese authorities. Please see www.traveltomalta.gov.mt and Malta COVID-19 Guide - Visit Malta for further information.
Restrictions within Malta are subject to change and include those below. Fines are issued for non-compliance:
- Only up to 6 people may gather together in public spaces.
- Only up to 4 households may gather in a private home.
- The wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places, indoors and outdoors, with fines for non-compliance. There are limited exceptions including for children aged 3 and under. Medical exemptions to mask wearing must be certified by a Medical Professional, in which case such individuals should at all times carry the relevant medical certificate exempting them from wearing a mask. From 17 January 2022, groups of up to two people who have received the booster do not need to wear masks outdoors.
- From 17 January 2022, only persons with a valid and recognized vaccination certificate, as defined above, will be allowed access in establishments, including: bar, restaurant, cinema, theatre, sport event, mgym and fitness centre, public swimming pool, spas and saunas. Children under 12 years of age are not required to present a vaccination certificate. For further information including on exemptions please see: Standards-for-entry-to-establishments-and-events_13Jan22.pdf (gov.mt)
Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found as follows:
COVID-19 Public Health Helpline: 111. +35621324086
MTA TOURISM COVID-19 Helpline Tel: +356 2169 2447
General Travel Advice
In relation to potential terrorist attacks in European cities, Irish citizens are advised to follow the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise increased vigilance, especially if attending large public gatherings or other crowded locations. Attacks could occur at any time and could target tourist attractions, restaurants, transport hubs or other public areas.
You can contact the emergency services in Malta by dialling 112.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Malta is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime is low in Malta but pickpocketing, handbag snatching and theft are becoming more common in the main tourist areas. Opportunistic crime does take place particularly in areas where large groups socialise in the evenings so make sure you take sensible precautions.
Reporting a crime
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Malta, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy if you need help.
If you want to drive in Malta, bring your full Irish driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance. Keep to the speed limit. In Malta traffic drives on the left hand side of the road as in Ireland.
Road improvement projects and construction work are currently widespread and can cause significant delays and travel disruption. It is also worth bearing in mind that some roads in Malta are in poor condition, and that local standards of driving can be poor. In addition, pedestrians should take particular care especially in urban areas. In 2018, Malta experienced an average of 3.8 deaths per million inhabitants compared to the Irish average of 3.1 road deaths per million inhabitants (source: European Commission).
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices.
There are strict penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs and convicted offenders can expect heavy fines and prison terms. Possession of relatively small quantities of drugs such as ecstasy can attract a mandatory prison sentence.
The majority of Maltese people speak English.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Malta.
The Maltese climate is generally very warm and sunny. However, it does rain between the end of October and the end of February and occasional heavy flooding is possible.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports)
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Malta.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the Duty Officer on 00356 99058895.
Embassy of Ireland
Ta’ Xbiex Seafront
Ta’ Xbiex XBX 1026
Monday to Friday 08:20-12:30 and 13:30-16:30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.