The Malta Independent 29 March 2023, Wednesday
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Closure of Malta International Airport - Notice to travellers

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11:40 Last update: about 4 years ago

All passenger flights inbound to Malta will be temporarily suspended after 23.59hrs of 20 March 2020. In this regard, the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs is trying to assist those persons who have a Maltese passport and/or valid Maltese Residence Permit to return to Malta from areas where scheduled flights have been or will be cancelled. 

Travellers who do not manage to return to Malta by midnight between 20 and 21 March, are urged to contact the Situation Centre at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) by not later than Saturday 21 March. The ministry will seek to provide assistance only to those who register by this date. The contact details are at the end of this notice.


The Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs also wishes to recall that on March 13, Malta introduced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period for all arrivals into Malta. This will affect returning residents and all persons arriving in Malta and is currently in effect.

Special notice for the UK:

Maltese citizens or those with a residence permit who wish to leave the U.K., are to do so immediately by contacting their travel operator or airline to make arrangements to leave as soon as possible and whilst commercial flights are still operating from the UK. Travellers may wish to contact the High Commission of Malta in London to register the need for assistance by not later than Saturday 21 March 2020 23.59 hrs.

The High Commission may be contacted as follows:

0044 (0) 7836503990

Special notice for travel from outside the European Union:

For travellers coming from outside the European Union, the Ministry advises that re-routing should ideally be sought via London or Frankfurt for the time being. 

Further changes may be communicated in due course as changes may happen from time to time and at short notice.


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