This document contains local regulations and guidelines concerning Maritime Services in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta. The following protocols and information have been received by the Local Health Authorities, Port Authorities, and respective terminals to ensure safety measures.

Vessels Calling Malta

All vessels calling Malta for any type of service or operation, be it alongside in terminal or at anchorage, are to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health to their local agent 24 hours prior vessel’s arrival. Such form will be vetted by the Port Health Authorities before approval is granted.

Presently, all ports in Malta are operational. However, protocols of each terminal may differ as stated hereunder.

Ports in Marsaxlokk
Malta Freeport Terminal, Medserve & Delimara Terminal
  • Supplies, stores, packages are permitted to be delivered next to vessel’s gangway
  • Crew changes are subject to approval from Port Health and Immigration Police
  • Shore leave is prohibited
Oiltanking Malta
  • Crew changes and shore leave are not permitted
  • Stores delivery and external services are not permitted
  • Anyone seeking to go onboard is subject to terminal’s HSSE approval. Consideration will be given to the nature of the visit and urgency
  • Anyone wishing to go onboard who is not a resident of Malta and needs to travel to Malta from any country abroad must undertake a PCR COVID Swab Test and produce a negative result within 72 hrs of arriving at terminal.
Ports in Valletta
Valletta Cruise Port, Malta Maritime Hub, Valletta Gateway Terminal
  • Operations unaffected
  • Crew changes and shore leave subject to Port Health and Immigration’s approval
  • Stores delivery and third-party services unaffected.

Protocol for Crew Changes

  1. The travel of persons employed as crew on board sea going ships for repatriation and change of crew is considered as necessary and essential and an exemption, in terms of Legal Notice 244 of 2020, as amended, may be granted for crew members to join ships at Maltese Ports and Anchorages.
  2. Crew changes for persons originating from countries listed in LN 244 of 2020, as amended are subject to the requirements as applicable to other travellers in line:
    1. Standard Operating Procedure for Public Health Travel Declaration Forms
    2. Standard Operating Procedure for Passenger Locator Forms
  3. Crew changes from other countries are permitted subject to compliance with following:
    1. Submission of forms as applicable in para 2.
    2. Seafarers (crew) intending to join a ship in Malta be tested for the presence of the COVID-19 virus in an accredited laboratory, 48-72 hours prior to their travelling to Malta.
    3. Negative results and clean bill of health to be forwarded to the Port Health Medic on portmedic@gov.mt and copied to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt for approval and following which travel to Malta will be permitted. Results not in the English language are to be accompanied by a translation and certified by the Embassy.
    4. Clearance by the Port Health Medic is to be attached to the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and presented to the check in desk on departure.
    5. Masks/Visors are to be worn by the passenger during the flight, at the Malta International Airport and during transport.
    6. Upon arrival, crew members are to be picked up by company representative and proceed directly to the vessel, where they are to remain in isolation for 14 full days.
    7. In the case that crew must wait for a number of hours for the arrival of the vessel they are to proceed directly to a temporary accommodation and stay in isolation until they are transferred onto vessel. Location is to be communicated to the Port Health Medic and copied to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt.
    8. Crew joining a vessel which is to remain in any Maltese Port are to be admitted directly into quarantine for 14 full days in isolation and tested for the presence of the COVID 19 virus on their 13th day of quarantine. Test result is to be communicated to the Port Health Medic.
    9. On arrival of the new crew members on-board, the relieved seafarers would proceed directly to the airport to take their outbound flight or to self-isolation until they are due to take their outbound flight.
    10. PPEs and other precautionary measures as required by Health Authorities to be complied with throughout the whole passage.

New Regulations and protocols are issued by the Maltese Authorities from time to time to adapt to circumstances. Occasionally, allowances and special considerations are extended to allow for particular cases and are discussed on a case by case with Authorities. For any queries or further information, please do not hesitate to send us an email on agency@sullivanshipping.com.mt or call on our 24/7 line; +35699013118.