Malta has decided to extend its travel ban that is currently applied against unvaccinated travellers from all EU/Schengen Area and 67 third countries worldwide.

Such a decision means that all those who do not hold a valid vaccination certificate or another equivalent document are not allowed to enter Malta’s territory, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the latest update that was published yesterday, October 21, by Malta’s official travel portal, VisitMalta, the travel ban will continue to apply to all European Union and Schengen Area countries.

Apart from that, the travel ban will also remain effective for tens of other third countries, part of which are Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, among others.

Even though the country has decided to keep strict entry rules for those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease, certain exemptions will still apply. Persons who cannot get the vaccine due to medical reasons are allowed to enter the country as long as they present a negative COVID-19 test result carried out within 72 hours before arrival.

In addition, children under the age of five are also exempt from the requirement to present a vaccination certificate. They are also released from the testing requirement.

Moreover, cargo, humanitarian, and repatriation flights, cargo ships and other container ships containing goods and essential commodities also fall into the exemptions list, regardless of their origin country.

Those who do not hold a COVID Certificate and need to enter Malta for absolutely necessary purposes can also do so. However, they are required to follow self-isolation rules immediately upon their entry.

On the other hand, the country permits restriction-free entry to all travellers who hold a valid EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or another equivalent document. In order for a vaccination certificate to be considered valid in Malta, the document should indicate that the holder has been fully immunised against the COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Apart from that, the Ministry of Health of Malta has also noted that vaccination certificates showing that a person has been vaccinated with two EMA-approved doses from different manufacturers are also recognised as long as the doses meet the required time frame between one another.

Furthermore, except for presenting a vaccination certificate, everyone must fill in a Passenger Locator Form.

“Any person who travels to Malta from the list of countries listed in this order, whether by air or by sea, shall, upon arrival in Malta, provide a Passenger Locator Form (PLF Form),” the Maltese authorities emphasised.

Until now, Malta has recognised vaccination passports of tens of third countries. Armenia, Iraq, South Korea, and Moldova joined the list just recently.

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