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Amber list destinations: Malta

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A Mediterranean medley of sandy coves, bustling ports, prehistoric temples and limestone cliffs that plunge deep into the sea, Malta offers guaranteed sunshine and first-rate diving and snorkelling around underground caves and wrecks.

Is Malta on the green list?

Many experts expected Malta to make the UK’s initial green list, and then the early June update. But Malta remains on the UK’s amber list, despite low Covid cases across the country.

Will I have to quarantine?

The government has set up a traffic light system, which ranks countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport has included the following key factors in its assessment:

  • the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
  • the rate of infection
  • the prevalence of variants of concern
  • the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing

Arrivals to the UK from Malta, like all amber list countries, have to self-isolate for 10 days at home. They must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on days two and eight, with the option to ‘test to release’ and end self-isolation early if they test negative on day five, by purchasing an extra Covid test.

As for Malta, the archipelago has its own traffic lights system, which ranks the UK amber. All passengers travelling to Malta from the UK most show proof of a negative PCR test, dated within 72 hours prior to arrival, before boarding flights to Malta. Read more on ABTA’s travel hub.

How do I get there?

Several airlines operate direct flights from the UK to Malta’s capital Valletta, including British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and TUI.