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International Travel: Destinations & Restrictions

US travelers have to stay up to 14 days in one of Malta’s safe travel corridors before they can gain entry into the country.

Ireland

  • US travelers can now travel to Ireland. However, they are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the country.
  • Individuals traveling from the US would need to complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online (before arriving in the country), indicating where they will self-isolate for 14 days. The form would be used to provide public health advice, assess that the individual’s details are correct, and for contact tracing.
  • Within the two-week isolation period, visitors can expect to be contacted by officials in Ireland to ensure that they are self-isolating.
  • Failure to complete the Passenger Locator Form or providing misleading information is a punishable offense under Irish law with a fine of up to $3,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. Failure to abide by Irish rules, “including wearing a face covering,” is punishable with a fine of up to $3,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
  • US travelers don’t need to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test result when traveling to Ireland. However, travelers should anticipate travel restrictions to be enforced with little to no advance notice.
  • There are no restrictions on flights from the US to Ireland. However, the availability of such flights is limited. Direct flights are available from “Chicago, New York (JFK), and Boston.”

Malta

  • While countries like Croatia have made an exception for US travelers coming to Europe, Malta has a loophole in its regulations that allows for the same. Malta only grants US travelers entry if they have spent the previous two weeks in any of the designated countries included among its safe travel corridors.
  • The list of safe countries includes “Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Italy, France, Slovakia, Switzerland, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, China, Vatican City, Rwanda, Uruguay, Slovenia, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Portugal, Romania, Lebanon, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan, and Liechtenstein. “
  • Among the 50 countries on the list, only a handful accept US visitors. As such, travelers looking to gain entry into Malta might consider spending at least two weeks in the UK, Croatia, or Turkey first.
  • US travelers who have a layover in a non-corridor destination after spending two weeks in any country on Malta’s list of safe countries might need to self-isolate upon arrival in Malta. Otherwise, they are free to move about without quarantine. However, the Superintendence of Public Health for Malta requires them to fill two forms, including the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator Form.
  • The forms should be submitted either to the aircraft crew or in the available deposit boxes after exiting the “Terminal Temperature Screening Points” upon arrival in the country.
  • Failure to comply with self-isolation guidelines attracts a fine of €3,000 (roughly $3,500).
  • There are direct flights to Montenegro from the US with the cheapest within the past 72 hours, costing $329. “The most popular route is Newark to Luqa Malta Intl.”

Montenegro

  • Montenegro accepts visitors from countries provided in its green and yellow lists.
  • Travelers from countries within the green list are accepted without additional restrictions. However, since the US falls among countries within the yellow list, US travelers would need to provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test result, or serology test result obtained no longer than 72 hours from the time of arrival.
  • For children under five years, Montenegro does not require that a COVID-19 test result be presented.
  • US travelers do not need to quarantine themselves for 14 days unless they stayed or traveled through any country, not within the green or yellow lists between the 15th day before arrival and the day of arrival in Montenegro.
  • Failure to comply with the COVID-19 regulations in Montenegro is punishable with fines and/or imprisonment (up to one year).
  • There are direct flights to Montenegro from the US with the cheapest within the past 72 hours, costing $454. “The most popular route is New York John F Kennedy Intl to Podgorica Golubovci.”

The UK

  • US travelers are allowed entry into the UK. However, they would need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into the country.
  • Travelers would also need to provide “UK border control with their contact information, including their phone number and where they intend to self-isolate over the next 14 days.”
  • Failure to comply with self-isolation regulations attracts up to $1,270 fine and $4,070 for providing UK border control with misleading information such as inaccurate contact info.
  • There are direct flights to the UK. American Airlines and Air France fly to London frequently from the US.
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