Malta has returned to the European Union’s (EU) travel green list, having been deemed red and orange over the past few months.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an agency of the European Union, has published its latest information detailing the Covid-19 risk levels of each EU country.
The map shows the 14-day notification rate, testing and test positivity rate of each EU Member State using a ‘traffic light’ colour code, indicating each region’s risk level in green, orange, red, dark red and grey.
The map aims to provide a common approach for travellers in the EU to help assess the risks of each region, as set out by the European Council.
Member States have agreed that no restrictions will be imposed on travellers coming from ‘green’ regions, such as quarantine or testing. Whilst Member States should strongly discourage all non-essential travel to and from ‘dark red’ regions.
The colour codes are assigned based on the following criteria:
- Green: 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%
- Orange: 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is 4% or more
- Red: if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is more than 200 but less than 500
- Dark Red: if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more
- Grey: Not enough data
Malta returning to the green list is welcome news for investors interested in the Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment and the Malta Permanent Residence Programme.
Each EU country is responsible for setting their respective travel guidelines. Malta’s current entry requirements can be found on the Government’s health portal here.