Safety in travelling - Coronavirus...

Coronavirus - Preparing for the new way of travelling

Although Air Malta is one of the few airlines that is still operating a limited flight schedule, to support repatriation and to ensure essential connectivity for critical supplies, including medical equipment, we are also busy working to be prepared to operate more flights as soon as the situation permits.

To enable airlines to operate safely, new travel measures are being introduced and we will keep you updated below as soon as information becomes available.


Health Monitoring Questionnaire


Travel restrictions apply for passengers with COVID-19 compatible symptoms. Passengers identified at the airport with such symptoms will be denied boarding. Before leaving to the airport it is highly recommended that you review the following health monitoring questionnaire:

Within the last 14 days:

1. Have you had any of the following symptoms - fever, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath?

2. Have you been in close contact (less than 1 metre for more than 15 minutes) with or have you visited a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive person?

3. Have you entered any healthcare facility or confinement facility used for the treatment or quarantine of COVID-19 confirmed or suspected persons?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, you are to seek medical advice.


Wearing a Face Mask

Evidence suggests that the risk of transmission on board an aircraft is low due to the high efficient air ventilation and filtration systems. However, to further reduce the already low risk, as of 1st June 2020, all passengers travelling on an Air Malta flight will be required to wear, at all times, their own face mask. It is imperative that the mask is kept on during boarding, transfer to and from the aircraft, and on board at all times. It is also highly recommended that the mask is also kept on within the airport building, before and during check-in as well as upon arrival, when collecting your baggage up until when you leave the airport building.

Passengers without their own face mask will not be allowed to board the aircraft. The use of face visors, as an alternative to face masks, is not permitted.


Type of Face Masks


Various types of face coverings are available in the market. Whilst being acceptable, we do not recommend surgical masks or FFP/N-95 respirators, which are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other frontliners. Air Malta recommends the use of non-medical or 'community' masks which may include various forms of self-made or commercial masks, face covers made of cloth or other textiles, including washable re-usable masks. Masks must cover nose and mouth.


Exemptions

1. Passengers that suffer from breathing difficulties or other medical conditions may not tolerate the use of face coverings for a lengthy period. In such cases, these exceptions should be identified at check-in and our crew notified. Our crew will handle the request and will take preventive measures to ensure the safety of all those on-board.

2. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from wearing face masks.

3. Face masks and coverings can also be removed for eating and drinking. Limiting the duration that the covering is removed will help minimize any potential risk of exposure.

4. Masks and coverings must be removed during an emergency situation which requires the use of oxygen.

 

 

 

 

 



 



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