Travel to Malta: latest Covid rules and holiday advice

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What are the rules on public transport?

Masks must be worn on buses, ferries and taxis by both passengers and drivers/staff. Compliance is good on boarding; not quite so good during the journey. Capacity is reduced – for example to 65 per cent on ferries – and you can now pay contactless on buses as well as at ticket offices and online (including for some taxis). The Gozo ferry terminals have closed some seating to encourage social distancing.

Shall I take cash, or pay for everything on card?

Cards – including contactless – are accepted almost everywhere, even, since Covid, on buses. But market stalls and kiosks mostly only accept cash.  There are, though, plenty of ATMs.

Do I need to take a test before travelling back to England? 

It depends on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test 72 hours before arriving back in the UK. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a test (lateral flow ones are accepted) 72 hours before travelling home, using a Government-certified testing company. If you fail to do so, you will be denied boarding, or risk a fine of up to £500 on arrival back in the UK. You can find the Government’s rules on testing before departure here, along with guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

It is also compulsory to fill out a passenger locator form to present to your airline and at the border. 

Do I need to self-isolate on my return to England?

Travellers who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine now need to take a PCR test on, or before, day two of their return and isolate until a negative result is received. Anyone who tests positive must isolate for 10 days. 

Those who haven’t had both jabs must self-isolate at home for 10 days. You will also need to take a PCR test on the second and eighth days of your self-isolation. If you opt in for Test to Release, you can take an extra test on day five to exit quarantine (if your result is negative), but will still need to take the further test on day eight.

What is the case rate in Malta? 

As of November 27, Malta recorded 114 infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days. There have been on average 82 new infections per day.

How is Malta’s vaccination drive going? 

Very well. 99.17 per cent of the population has received both doses.

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