Malta removes covid entry restrictions for all tourists

Starting July 25, all travelers will be allowed to enter the country

Malta removes covid entry restrictions for all tourists

All travelers will be allowed entry without restrictions from 25 July, according to Malta's official tourism portal VisitMalta. This means that Malta will no longer require tourists to present a vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery or a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Malta plans to lift covid entry rules despite a surge in new coronavirus cases across the EU. Malta has recorded 3,769 new cases of coronavirus in the past seven days, according to the WHO. As of June 30, more than 80% of the country's residents have been revaccinated against coronavirus.

Russians need a Schengen visa to travel to Malta. According to the Malta Visa Application Center in Moscow, as of March 17, the list of visa categories that citizens of the Russian Federation can apply for is limited.

Only family members of EU/EEA citizens residing in Malta (spouses and children under 21) are allowed to apply for long stay D visas and applications of Maltese citizens with dual citizenship in case their Maltese passport has expired but they need to return.< /p>

Study, work, reunions with citizens of the Russian Federation, Malta, third countries and other essential purposes of travel are possible in exceptional cases and only with prior approval.

Thus, Russians cannot yet count on obtaining Maltese visas for tourist trips. Perhaps, as was the case with other EU countries, the visa process will resume as usual closer to the date when sanitary restrictions on entry are lifted.

Nevertheless , you can now go to Malta with any valid multiple entry Schengen visa. A flight from Moscow to Valletta and back with a transfer in Istanbul in August will cost from 100 thousand rubles. per passenger.

There are more economical options for departures from the Baltic countries. In August, AirMalta flight from Riga – from 10.5 thousand rubles. one way, a ticket from Tallinn on a Ryanair flight – and does from 1835 p. one way.

Recall that from July 15, 2022, the Russian government will lift covid restrictions on crossing the land borders of Russia. This means that Russians with any purpose, if they have visas, can travel to Finland and the Baltic countries, including using the airports of these countries for transit to other EU states – for example, to Malta.

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