In just under a week, Malta will lift its final Covid-19 travel restrictions, meaning this summer should be business as usual on the small Mediterranean island nation.

It was about time too, as Malta’s beautiful coves and historic architecture make for a fantastic beach break that culture vultures will also love.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Do I need proof of vaccination or a test to visit Malta?

From 12:00 on 25th July there will be no more Covid related restrictions to enter Malta.

Until then however, all passengers over the age of 12 must present either proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival, or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 last days.

Vaccination must have taken place between 14 and 270 days before the date of arrival. If more than 270 days have passed since vaccination, travelers must present proof of having received a booster shot.

You can use the United Kingdom Covid Pass to prove your vaccination record when entering Malta.

Anyone entering Malta without proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test must quarantine for a minimum of seven and a maximum of 10 days, with a test to be released on the seventh day.

Children under 12 are exempt from these rules.

Do I need to complete a passenger locator form for Malta?

No, travelers are not required to complete a Passenger Locator Form to enter Malta. This rule was lifted on May 2.

Very few countries now require the health tracking forms, previously a staple of pandemic-era travel.

Most European countries ended their Covid health records in spring 2022.

Destinations that have retained a digital form or health app include the Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea.

Should I wear a mask while on holiday in Malta?

Malta suspended its national mask mandate on May 2.

Masks were still mandatory on flights until May 16.

The only situations where they are now needed are in hospitals and nursing homes.

Has Brexit changed the rules for visiting Malta?

The rule changes that could trip you up on a visit to Malta in 2022 are more likely to be Brexit-related than Covid-related. Since the UK left the European Union, there are new rules regarding the duration and frequency of visits to Schengen countries (including Malta), as well as rules regarding stamps and validity passports.

To visit an EU country after Brexit, your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date of entry into the country (check the “date of issue”)
  • valid for at least 3 months after your scheduled day of departure (check the “expiration date”)

There is also now a time limit on how long and how often you can visit Malta, without a visa. The Foreign Office advises: “You can travel to Schengen countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day visa-free period.

“To stay longer, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the entry requirements of the Maltese government.”