Foreign travel advice


Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Malta based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Malta, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • From 22 December Malta has restricted normal commercial flights from the UK. Scheduled flights may be subject to short notice cancellation.

  • Unauthorised travel from the UK to Malta will not be permitted, however Maltese Nationals, those with residency permits, and those with evidence of residency (including if you have applied for a residency permit and have received an interim receipt issued by the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs), currently in the UK will be able to return.
  • Air Malta will continue to operate regular flights for those planning to travel to Malta or return to the UK.
  • From 22 December all passengers from the United Kingdom will be required to provide a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel.

  • Passengers will also be subject to a PCR test on arrival and a mandatory 14 day quarantine with a further PCR test between day 5 and 7.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Malta, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Around 500,000 British tourists visit Malta every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Malta, visit our Living in Malta guide in addition to this travel advice.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Malta, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.