Last Updated on Friday, 25 June, 2021 at 10:59 am by Andre Camilleri
As more people scratch the itch to travel, the check-in and welcomers’ halls at Malta International Airport are becoming increasingly busy.
Passenger numbers have, in fact, already increased by 20 per cent since the reopening of tourism on 1 June.
Malta International Airport has issued some tips to help make for a better experience for travellers flying to or from Malta, whilst helping the airport team and other stakeholders maintain their efficiency in processing passengers.
Prepare your documents
Have your health documents ready for verification, both on departure and on arrival. Departing guests can find indexed country-specific entry requirements at this link: maltairport.com/covid19/departure/. Passengers are reminded to call at the terminal check-in counters for their health documents to be checked prior to departure, even if they would have already checked in online.
Malta’s entry requirements, on the other hand, can be viewed at this link: maltairport.com/covid19/arrival/. The requirement to present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken not later than 72 hours before arriving in Malta or a Maltese Vaccination Certificate, together with completed Passenger Locator and Health Declaration forms, is not applicable to children who are under five years of age.
Get to the airport on time
If you are flying out of the airport, you should be at the terminal at least two hours before your flight to allow enough time for airport processes and any other checks related to COVID-19. Plan your route and allow extra time for the journey to the terminal as roadworks are currently underway in the vicinity of the airport and more traffic may be encountered along the way.
Explore your transport options
Still undecided on how you are going to get to the airport? You may find more information about parking and transport options here: maltairport.com/passenger/getting-here/. If you are picking up or dropping off friends or family members, remember that you can enjoy two hours of free parking.
Be security screening ready
Avoid setting off the security metal detectors by emptying your pockets and removing your belt before you are asked to do so. Liquids are only allowed in your hand luggage in 100 ml containers and should be packed together in a 1 litre transparent re-sealable bag. More information about what is allowed in your hand luggage is available here: maltairport.com/passenger/security-passport-control/hand-luggage/.
Head to the FAQ section
If you still have unanswered questions, head to the airport’s FAQ section here: help.maltairport.com, where more than 100 recurrent guest queries have been answered and sorted in 12 categories for easier navigation.
Check the airport’s traffic chart
Set your expectations by checking the airport’s passenger traffic chart. If you are travelling during the airport’s busiest times, which are indicated in red, you may expect longer waiting and processing times, especially on arrival.