Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Malta welcomes UAE Travelers holding Vaccine Certificates issued by DHA

UAE travellers who present an authorised UAE Vaccine Certificate issued by the Dubai Health Authorities with a readable QR Code can now visit Malta.

The Maltese Health Authorities recognise and accept the following Vaccine Certificates for entry into Malta:

  • UAE Vaccine Certificate issue by the Dubai Health Authorities with readable QR Code (EMA approved vaccines only)
  • United Kingdom Vaccination Certificates –
    • England: NHS Covid Pass (Digital App)
    • Wales: NHS Covid Pass Letter
    • Scotland: NHS Letter demonstrating Covid-19 vaccination status
    • Northern Ireland: Interim proof of vaccination document which is valid until 11:59 pm on 31st July 2021
  • Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey Vaccination Certificate (EMA-approved vaccines only)
  • Maltese Vaccination Certificate
  • EU Digital Covid Vaccination certificate, issued by the EU, EEA, and non-EU countries connected to the EUDCC gateway.
  • United States CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card (EMA approved vaccines only)
  • Turkish Health Certificate (EMA approved vaccines only)
  • Serbian “Digital Green Certificate” with a readable QR Code (EMA-approved vaccines only)

The Vaccination Certificate is only valid if …

  • It is issued with regards to a vaccine which is EMA (European Medicines Agency) recognised and approved by Malta’s Superintendent of Public Health, being Pfizer-BioTech, Moderna, Oxford – AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccination Certificates showing mixed use of EMA approved vaccines are also accepted.

  1. It covers the full course of vaccination, with the second dose of the vaccine (one dose in the case of Johnson & Johnson) administered at least 14 days before the arrival in Malta.

The following certificates are NOT VALID for travel to Malta:

  • Certificates of recovery from COVID-19
  • Vaccine certificates for only 1 dose of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, also for people who recovered from COVID-19
  • Vaccine certificates with less than 14 days from the final dose

All passengers aged 12 and older must comply with the above regulations and need to complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form & the Public Health Travel Declaration Form OR the Digital Passenger Locator Form (this form may be accessed by clicking here). The forms should be completed before departure. Anyone over the age of 12 years holding just a PCR test will not be allowed entry into Malta, and is directed to quarantine.

Children below the age of 5 years are exempt from any travel requirements. They will be permitted to accompany their fully vaccinated parent/s or legal guardians without the need for a negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test.

Children aged between 5 – 11 can travel if they accompany their vaccinated parents or legal guardians, provided they present a negative nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test (taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival in Malta).

Unaccompanied minors (under 16 years old) cannot travel to Malta.

All relevant documents must be presented on departure from one’s source country to airline officials AND upon arrival in Malta to health officials stationed at the airport’s Terminal Temperature Screening Points.

To achieve the full course of vaccination and hence be allowed entry, the second dose of the vaccine must be administered at least 14 days before arrival in Malta. In the case of a single-dose vaccination, the first & only dose must also be taken at least 14 days before the arrival in Malta.

If a passenger travelling from the UAE has the above recognised Certificate of Vaccination, he/she is exempt from pre-travel testing and self-isolation.

Malta has established itself as a safe island destination in Europe, with a low number of COVID-19 cases. Malta is a wonderful island destination, home to dazzling crystalline beaches, impressive historical and cultural sights, UNESCO archaeological attractions, and a wide array of fun-packed activities.

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