Traveling to Malta from Greece during the COVID Pandemic

Traveling to Malta from Greece during the COVID Pandemic

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We spent about a week in Malta with our two young children (ages 4 and 1). It was our first time in Malta and we explored Valletta, Mdina, Comino, and Gozo.

How did you enter the country?
Air
Any difficulties with your vaccination card when entering the destination?
We had no issues. Us adults were required to be vaccinated and follow the guidelines from the Greece health department to fill out a passenger locator form and provide our vaccination cards to the airline upon check-in.
Did your children need to be vaccinated before arriving? If so, which ages? Also, did they need to wear a mask?
No, not at the time of our trip. The rules for entry were to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID, or a negative COVID test result. At the time of our trip, the vaccine was not available for kids under 12 and kids under 5 were exempt from any testing requirements. So, our kids didn't need to take a test either.
Did the local government ask for travel or health insurance when you arrived?
No, specific travel insurance was not required. But, because we were traveling through Europe for a long period, we did purchase our own international supplemental insurance package.
Did you experience any challenges with customs, immigration, or the health authorities related to COVID?
No, we simply followed all the instructions from the Malta health department about COVID entry requirements. We filled out a passenger locator form (PLF) that detailed our travel plans within Malta and attested to not recently being in contact with any positive cases of COVID. The PLF provided us a QR code that we presented to anyone that asked upon arrival.
Were you selected for a random health check? If so, what was involved and how did it go?
No, we were not selected for a random health check.
If needed, were COVID tests easy to find and book at your destination?
We actually never had to take a COVID test while in Malta. We didn't return to the United States from Malta, and our next destination (Spain) didn't require a test because we were vaccinated.
Was this destination abnormally crowded or empty?
We felt that Malta was relatively uncrowded, but it was our first time and we didn't have a basis of comparison. We spent most of our time at the beach which would fill in by midday. When exploring the larger cities, like Valletta, we didn't feel it was overcrowded.
Did you have to show proof of vaccination on location? For example, when entering restaurants, shops, events, etc.?
No, at the time of our trip we never had to show vaccination status for restaurants, shops, etc.
Were you required to wear a mask inside restaurants, event spaces, or public transportation? If you were able to choose, did you feel comfortable wearing or not wearing a mask?r
Masks were required at indoor public spaces like public transit, grocery stores, shops and when moving about restaurants. However, once seated at restaurants we could remove our mask. When we spent any time at beach cafes, the enforcement was relatively lax. Public transit, shops, and grocery stores were much more strict.
Did the destination adapt physical distancing in day-to-day situations?
It appeared that most restaurants attempted to separate tables more than normal, and there were capacity limits being enforced at places like shops and grocery stores.
Did restaurants, businesses, and public services take COVID-related sanitary precautions that you noticed?
Yes, we felt that most businesses took it quite seriously. Outside of most restaurants and grocery stores there were hand sanitizing stations and normally there was someone at the door monitoring for masks and/or capacity limits.
Were most attractions open? Were you able to visit the ones you wanted to attend?
Yes, all attractions that we wanted to experience were open, perhaps with slightly altered hours.
Anything else you think fellow travelers should know?
We enjoyed our time in Malta. We definitely enjoyed some of the beautiful beaches, especially Mellieha Bay Beach and the Blue Lagoon. Definitely take a day trip to visit the old city of Mdina. The history is amazing and it's absolutely beautiful. Valletta is also a very cool city to explore. We would avoid the tourist trap of Popeye's Village. We visited the Malta Aquarium and the kids loved it. We do recommend visiting the neighbor island of Gozo for a few days. It's less crowded and has some beautiful beaches and town.
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