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Malta reverses course and reopens to Americans

July 20, 2021
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Malta reverses course and reopens to Americans
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Editor's Note

This story was updated on July 27, 2021 with new information regarding Verifly. It was originally published on July 20.

Editor's note: This story was updated on July 27, 2021 with new information regarding Verifly. It was originally published on July 20.


As of Monday, July 19, vaccinated Americans can now travel to the country of Malta, with the assurance that their CDC-issued vaccination card will be accepted without issue, the Malta Tourism Authority announced yesterday.

The news comes amid confusion among travelers hoping to get to Europe this summer, concerned about whether their CDC white card will be compliant in Europe, where the EU Digital COVID Certificate is not yet available to Americans.

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Although Malta became the first European Union country to require proof of vaccination for travelers age 13 and up on July 14, the country only accepted COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by the Maltese government, the U.K.'s National Health Service or the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Related: New vaccination requirement bans Americans from visiting Malta

"As of Monday, July 19, 2021, Malta will recognize the United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine (full course and 14 days post last dose) as a valid vaccination certificate," the Malta Tourism agency announced on Monday.

Starting Aug. 1, American travelers will need to verify their CDC card through the VeriFLY app by uploading vaccine information and other required travel documentation to activate their "Trip to Malta" pass.

Vaccines currently accepted by the Maltese superintendent of public health are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Read more: Travelers from 38 US states are allowed to visit Malta starting June 17

As of July 1, travel from the U.S. remains limited to 38 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. If you are from the following U.S. states, you are not eligible to travel to Malta right now: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming

Unvaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the country but must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, per the Maltese government.

Malta had reported more than 32,000 cases of COVID-19 as of July 19. Although the CDC’s advisory remains at its lowest level, the U.S. Department of State is urging travelers to reconsider travel to the country due to COVID-19 related restrictions.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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