Malta, Gozo and Comino are the three islands that make up the Maltese archipelago, a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean that combines a southern European climate and culture with an English-speaking population and year-round sunshine, all an easy three-hour flight from the UK.
The Maltese Islands are some of the most welcoming and diverse in the world – from their landscapes, which offer not only rock climbing and mountain biking but also snorkelling and diving in waters voted the best in Europe, to the people, having been ranked number-one on the ILGA Rainbow Index for the past five years in a row.
The islands are also awash with history both ancient and modern, from the Unesco-listed Megalithic Temples and Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, to medieval capital Mdina and the Renaissance architecture of modern-day capital Valletta, a popular spot for a city break.
Can British travellers visit Malta?
On December 22, 2020, Malta announced the suspension of flights from the UK and restrictions on unauthorised travel from the UK. Please check current Foreign Office advice at the time of travel.
Prior to that, restrictions on visitors from the UK and Ireland to Malta had been lifted on July 15, 2020, but a month later, the UK Foreign Office reimposed its travel advisory against all but essential travel to Malta, meaning visitors need to self-isolate on their return.
What can travellers expect on arrival at Malta’s airport?
Passengers from the UK must provide a negative PCR test prior to travel, and will also be subject to a PCR test on arrival and a mandatory 14-day quarantine. All passengers arriving at Malta International Airport will also be asked to complete a self-declaration form to share details about any travel in the previous 30 days.
Arriving and departing tourists will be required to wear a face covering or visor in the terminal building, which also applies to coach transfers to and from the plane.
What can British visitors expect while travelling around Malta?
Safety continues to be a key focus for guests when they are on the Maltese islands and a number of new protocols are being implemented across hotels, restaurants and beyond to ensure they have a relaxing, enjoyable time on holiday.
Public transport in Malta and Gozo is operating normally. Clear guidelines are in place to ensure frequent air circulation and total disinfection of buses and coaches. If travelling by taxi, the vehicle will be sanitised after every trip and rental vehicles will be deep-cleaned after every return.
Accommodation and dining
All accommodation and dining providers must comply with Maltese government protocols devised to safeguard the safety of guests and employees. The guidelines include maintaining social distancing of two metres, increased levels of hygiene and the wearing of masks or visors by staff.
Malta Tourism Authority will inspect accommodation before it is certified to reopen, with approved businesses awarded a Certified Compliant sticker to display. Audits will be carried out periodically to ensure standards are adhered to. Buffets and self-service counter dining are no longer on offer in the archipelago.
Malta is ensuring travellers can still enjoy the island’s culture, history, landmarks and beautiful scenery with daily beach cleans, more frequent cleaning of public amenities, and two-metre distance between sunloungers. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will also be in place at beaches, swimming pools, shops, museums and attractions.
Last updated January 21, 2021