COVID -19 UPDATE Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries Order), 2020

In further tightening travel restrictions to safeguard against the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Health Superintendent has, with effect from the 21st March 2020, extended the Travel Ban Order, which was previously restricted to the countries specified therein, to now include all countries.

This effectively means that as of last Saturday, there is a blanket travel ban on persons to Malta and from Malta to and from all countries. This therefore includes the arrival of yachts carrying crew which were previously not caught by the Port Notice issued by Transport Malta relating to the ban on passenger vessels.

This is subject to the following exceptions:

(a) Cargo flights, ferry flights, humanitarian flights and repatriation flights
(b) Cargo ships including container ships and ro-ro vessels carrying goods and essential commodities and tankers loaded with essential fuels
(c) The Superintendent of Public Health may, in her absolute discretion, issue an exemption from the order where in her opinion the travel of certain persons or goods is deemed to be essential.

In terms of the Travel Ban Order, persons who fail to abide by these provisions shall be guilty of an offence.

The text of the Legal Notice may be accessed here.

For further inquiries please contact Alison Vassallo, head of our Yachting Department on

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