Air Malta is grounding flights after Maltese health authorities banned all commercial travel to the island nation from midnight on Friday.

Commercial flights will be suspended “until further notice” in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The official ban does not apply to ferry, cargo and humanitarian and repatriation or special flights.

Air Malta said it will operate such flights as directed by the government.

Non-Maltese nationals are being urged to contact their respective embassies.

“Customers who were to start their trip within the next 48 hours and have queries about their tickets can contact the airline’s call centre on +356 25991230,” the airline said.