Malta to drop Covid entry rules for unvaccinated tourists as part of holidays


alta will drop its quarantine rules for unvaccinated Britons later this month to give holidaymakers an extra boost to the popular destination.

Currently, the UK is on the Malta Red List, which means only fully vaccinated Britons can visit for a holiday without having to self-quarantine.

No-frills Brits had to self-isolate in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival, but this rule will be dropped on April 11, meaning anyone arriving from a redlist country in Malta can visit without quarantine .

However, those not fully covid-punched against Covid will still need to show either proof of a negative PCR test or proof of Covid recovery within 180 days.

Vaccination certificates will no longer be required to attend outdoor standing events or indoor seated gatherings in a further relaxation of the rules.

The Visit Malta website said: “From Monday 11 April, incoming tourists traveling to Malta from a Red List country will be allowed entry with a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure. arrival, or a recognized Covid recovery certificate. which cannot be older than 180 days.

“The Deputy Prime Minister of Malta has announced that, as planned, from April 10, a vaccination certificate is no longer required for people to attend outdoor standing events or indoor seated events. “

Malta’s Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said in a statement: “The decision to further ease Covid-19 travel restrictions continues to be a turning point in the government’s efforts to return the Maltese islands to normalcy. “.

Malta Tourism Authority CEO Johann Buttigieg also welcomed the decision.

“The authority welcomes this announcement which will continue to pave the way for the tourism sector to continue recovering from the pandemic,” he said.

“Today’s announcement essentially means that people who for one reason or another are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to Malta without the need for mandatory quarantine.”

The move makes Malta the latest popular tourism hotspot to relax their Covid rules in a bid to attract holidaymakers.

Poland and Sweden have scrapped all their Covid entry requirements in an Easter holiday boost for Britons.

Both countries no longer have Covid entry requirements for visiting tourists, regardless of their vaccination status.

France has moved the UK onto its green list, lifting restrictions for those who don’t have a shot on March 31, although those not vaccinated will still have to present a negative test.

However, Spain has extended its Covid entry requirements until the end of April.

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