Malta imposes new restrictions for UK travellers that could hinder holiday plans

Jun 25, 2021

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Less than a day after Malta was promoted to the U.K.’s green list for quarantine-free travel, it levied tighter protocols on U.K. travellers who visit the popular Mediterranean holiday destination. The new policies may make travellers planning a trip to Malta want to reconsider and look at other options.

As of 30 June, unvaccinated Brits will have to quarantine once they arrive in Malta. Because the U.K. is on Malta’s amber list, travellers must have a negative PCR test result taken no later than 72 hours before arrival.

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Those who have been fully vaccinated must provide proof to avoid having to self-isolate. It’s important to note that it’s not known yet if the NHS app, which has been designed to allow travellers to present a vaccine passport upon arrival, will be accepted in Malta. Currently, the country’s official website lists only a “valid official Maltese vaccination certificate” as the type of proof officials will accept.

If you can’t provide proof of vaccination, you will have to quarantine at your own expense until you can produce a negative COVID-19 test result. All passengers are also required to present a completed Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Form.

Related: All 27 countries and territories on the UK’s green List

Malta’s decision to crack down on U.K. visitors is sparked by growing concerns on the continent about the spread of COVID variants. German chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing EU nations to implement mandatory quarantine rules for all travelling U.K. residents.

The news blunts the excitement many in the U.K.’s travel industry felt upon seeing a popular holiday location like Malta cleared for summer holidays, along with a number of Caribbean islands.

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