The latest on Malta

Due to the change in travel advice for Malta, we have cancelled all Malta holidays due to depart on or before 31 August 2020. If you’re affected by this, you’ll be able to cancel and receive a full cash refund, or amend your holiday and receive a re-booking incentive.

First Choice holidays to Malta are likely to start up again soon

Once the government advice changes, you’ll be able to go on holiday to Malta with First Choice again. You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to help you relax to the max with complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.

THE FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY PROMISE

  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 2 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults Face masks are mandatory in certain enclosed and indoor public spaces, such as on public transport, in shops and spaces where social distancing guidelines cannot be followed.
Face mask requirements for children Face masks are advised for children in spaces where social distancing is difficult or not possible.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? You must complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form AND a Public Health Declaration before you travel.

Complete the Public Health Declaration here.

Complete the Passenger Locator Form here.

  • You’ll need to print and complete these ready to hand over either on the plane or in the airport terminal when you arrive.
  • You’ll also need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which has been carried out no more than seven days before your arrival in Malta.
Other need-to-knows Thermal screening is taking place at the airport. On arrival, you’ll be asked to fill out a self-declaration form, which will ask you about where you’ve travelled in the past 30 days. Big gatherings are not permitted.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Malta.

Beaches Open. Social distancing of at least 2 metres is advised.
Restaurants and bars Restaurants are taking precautions, like removing buffets and self-service counters, for example. There’s a maximum of six people per table and social distancing is advised.
Sights Open.
Supermarkets Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Other facilities In line with government guidelines in Malta, all hotels are adhering to the following:
Temperature checks on entry. Indoor kids’ play areas, indoor pools and spas are closed. There are disposable paper towels, rather than dryers or cloth towels in public toilets. Pools have a reduced capacity of 50%, with a distance of 2 metres between each pair of sunbeds and umbrella. There’s a maximum of one person per sunbed, too. Lifts are limited to one person at a time, or two people from the same party.

Here’s the key information on getting to Malta.

Car Not applicable.
Petrol stations Open.
Public transport Not permitted.
Flights with First Choice You’ll fly to Malta with one of our partner airlines. Please contact the airline you’re flying with directly for the latest travel information.

Here are your options for travelling within Malta.

Car rental Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Own car Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Public transport Face masks are mandatory on public transport and at public transport stops. Ferries to Gozo and boat trips to Comino are operating regularly.
Hiking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Biking Not yet known – we’re working on it.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Malta.

Read the full FCDO advice here