While we all know that the European Union is disappointingly not welcoming US tourists at the moment, there’s a loophole to be exploited. Malta, a Mediterranean island nation that is a member country of the European Union, is allowing entry to American tourists as long as they’ve spent the previous 14 days in a country on its “safe list.”
According to a statement on the Malta International Airport website, the “safe list” 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.
After staying in one of these 50 countries for two weeks, a US tourist is free to enter Malta without any quarantine requirement. Upon landing, you’ll be asked to complete a Public Health Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form, but otherwise you’ll be free to move about the country.
This policy has been in effect since July 15, but it was recently tested by Joey Pham, an American tourist who talked about his travels to Forbes. After emailing the Maltese government to ensure he had his facts straight, Pham traveled to Croatia — which is accepting US tourists — spent two weeks there, and then made his way to Malta.