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COVID-19 Malta update

23 March 2020

COVID - 19

Malta Tourist Office

COVID-19, CORONAVIRUS

MALTA STATEMENT

 

ISSUED 20th March, 2020: On Friday 13th March 2020, Malta’s Prime Minister, Dr Robert Abela announced that with immediate effect, all new passengers (including British nationals) arriving in Malta by air or by sea from all countries are obliged to undertake a 14-day continuous period of mandatory quarantine during their stay on Malta, Gozo or Comino, subject to the strict provisions of the law. This measure was taken to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

 

All passenger flights inbound to Malta will cease today, Friday 20th Match at 23:59hrs, following a decision made by Malta Health Authorities. The ban does not apply to ferry flights, cargo flights, humanitarian flights and repatriation flights. Maltese authorities may in special cases exempt individual flights.

 

Air Malta has put in place a specific schedule to facilitate outbound travel for travellers who require assistance travelling back to selected home countries, as well as essential connectivity for critical medical cases apart from medical equipment and medicines to the islands.

 

Starting Monday 23rd of March, the airline will introduce a new schedule operating to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Vienna. The schedule could be changed subject to demand.

 

All the flights will be operated on a point to point basis and will be available for customers who can prove that they are travelling back to their home country in the Schengen area either by producing a valid passport or residents’ card. During this period no on-line check in will be offered to be able to control the validity of the passengers.

 

Self-quarantine for travellers means that they cannot leave their hotel room, cruise ship or self-catering accommodation during their time on the islands.

 

For travellers who arrived in Malta on Friday 13th March 2020 and stay less than 14 days are free to travel back on their return ticket subject to them not developing any COVID-19 symptoms while under self-quarantine.

 

Trade partners of Malta Tourism Authority UK are asked to contact the team for advice, guidance and information to ensure that all British nationals on island or are due to imminently fly to Malta are provided the latest information. Trade Partners can contact Natalie.swinburne@visitmalta.com or Malta Tourism Authority UK on +44 (0) 20 8877 6991. DMC partners in Malta are also available for trade partners to liaise with and arrange the necessary changes required for business. 

 

Selected flights from the outbound only schedule will be available for individuals to book online on www.airmalta.com or through all travel agents and their systems.

 

If self-quarantine is breached there is a fine of 1,000 Euros per breach. The decision by Malta’s government will remain in force until further notice. https://www.visitmalta.com/en/COVID-19

 

Malta has a tourism helpline which can be contacted on +356 2169 2447 or tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com. For those travellers on island who need provisions of food and medicine can contact +356 21411 411. For a full list of Embassies and Consulates in Malta travellers can visit https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/malta

 

Additional trade information will be made available via the Visit Malta UK Trade Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/VisitMaltaUKTrade/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

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For more information please contact Debbie Flynn or Lauren Williams on malta@finnpartners.com or 07747618631

Notes to Editors:

  • The UK accounted for nearly a quarter of arrivals to Malta in 2019
  • Total tourism expenditure was estimated at 2.2 million Euros with inbound tourist trips totalled at nearly 2.8 million in 2019
  • The UK is connected to Malta via 21 regional airports from airline carriers including Air Malta, British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair
  • Malta received 765,696 global cruise passengers in 2019 across 359 cruise liner calls

 

 

 

Trade partners of Malta Tourism Authority UK are asked to contact the team for advice, guidance and information to ensure that all British nationals on island or are due to imminently fly to Malta are provided the latest information. Trade Partners can contact Natalie.swinburne@visitmalta.com or Malta Tourism Authority UK on +44 (0) 20 8877 6991. DMC partners in Malta are also available for trade partners to liaise with and arrange the necessary changes required for business. 

 

If self-quarantine is breached there is a fine of 1,000 Euros per breach. The decision by Malta’s government will remain in force until further notice. https://www.visitmalta.com/en/COVID-19

 

Malta is offering assistance to travellers who are in quarantine on island and have set up a helpline on +356 21 411 411. Food service delivery will be available to those who in quarantine.

 

Additional trade information will be made available via the Visit Malta UK Trade Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/VisitMaltaUKTrade/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

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For more information please contact Debbie Flynn or Lauren Williams on malta@finnpartners.com or 07747618631

Notes to Editors:

  • The UK accounted for nearly a quarter of arrivals to Malta in 2019
  • Total tourism expenditure was estimated at 2.2 million Euros with inbound tourist trips totalled at nearly 2.8 million in 2019
  • The UK is connected to Malta via 21 regional airports from airline carriers including Air Malta, British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair
  • Malta received 765,696 global cruise passengers in 2019 across 359 cruise liner calls

 

 

 

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