[Travel News] Malta To Abolish Minors’ Test Requirements Starting June 6

Starting from Monday, June 6, children under the age of 12 will no longer be obliged to submit a negative COVID-19 test, which was previously a required travel document.

The official website of Malta for travel news, Visit Malta, issued the announcement, suggesting that the coastal region is trying to rebound to its pre-pandemic status.

Previously, only children aged 6 or under were waived from having to submit a negative COVID-19 test, as stated by the website: 

“Test taken not more than 72 hours prior to arrival/Negative Rapid Test taken not more than 24 hours prior to arrival – will still be required for travel to Malta, with children aged six or younger being exempt from presenting any of the above-mentioned documents.”

Kids aged 12 or under won’t have to wear masks anymore. Image from Unsplash.

If any of these documents are missing, the tourist faces a ten-day quarantine, which can be reduced to seven days if a negative test result is produced on this day. Furthermore, the obligation to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) has been removed.

This announcement followed another one on May 9th, which stated that Malta would be doing away with the categorisation of foreign countries.

More specifically, it was stated that Malta would put a stop to categorising other countries as red or dark red, which effectively means that all incoming travellers will no longer require a pre-travel authorization from the Superintendent of Public Health, regardless of their country of origin.

“With effect from Monday, May 9, 2022, COVID-19 restrictions related to travel will once again be relaxed, as countries will no longer be classified as Red or Dark Red. This also means that the need for pre-travel authorisation by the Superintendent of Public Health from countries which until now are on the dark red list will no longer be needed,” reads the statement of Visit Malta.

This means that all incoming travellers will no longer require a pre-travel authorization from the Superintendent of Public Health, regardless of their country of origin. The Maltese government has announced that starting May 9, travel to the country would be based on a person's immunity status, which means that all visitors must provide a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate in order to enter the country without having to follow any additional procedures.

All travellers over the age of twelve are required to exhibit one of the certificates stated above.

Since the pandemic began, Malta has recorded a total of 93,682 COVID-19 infection cases, with 641 of those reported in the last seven days. According to World Health Organisation figures, 714 deaths have occurred in Malta since March 2020, with one occurring this week.

The majority of Maltese people have been inoculated against the virus, with 86% having received the first round of immunizations. Furthermore, 67.2% of the population has had a booster shot, whereas 87.2% has only received one dose of the Coronavirus vaccination. Malta has a higher primary school enrollment rate than the EU/EEA average of 72.6%.

The restriction to wear a facial covering while travelling to Malta remains in place, even though European officials have recommended that it be lifted.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” said Patrick Ky, the Executive Director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), regarding the mask requirement.

Travellers from Austria, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Malta, Estonia, Luxembourg, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Latvia, and Spain must wear a mask while flying to these countries, regardless of their vaccination status.

Despite the removal of various limitations, Malta's neighbouring nations, such as Italy, maintain access restrictions.

Khoa Pham

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