Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Malta Starts Implementing COVID-19 Passports – Imposes Testing & Quarantine for Red Countries

The Maltese authorities have started requiring a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result for people travelling from and to the island since June 1.

According to the press release issued by the government, travellers that fail to provide either won’t be permitted to enter Malta.

For passengers (aged five and above) that do not possess any of the above upon arrival, they will be subjected to a mandatory PCR test and/or mandatory quarantine or a fee, as the legal notice LN229 of 2021 highlights, reports.

The travel ban for all red zone countries remains in place, and only Maltese citizens or people with a Superintendent of Public Health permission to visit Malta are permitted to enter the country.

They are required to present a double negative PCR test result for COVID-19, which has to be no older than 72 hours before departure and arrival. Besides the testing process, people coming from the red countries zone will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine, and a repeated PCR test must be taken on day 11 or 12 of quarantine.

As of June 1, all passengers (aged five and above) who intend to travel to Malta by air or sea must provide a completed passenger locator form (PLF) as well as a negative PCR test result, taken no earlier than 72 hours before leaving for Malta.

Due to low infection rates, recently, Cyprus moved Malta to the green list, meaning no COVID-19 test certificate or quarantine is required for travellers coming from the latter.

Previously, Malta’s Tourism Minister, Clayton Bartolo, has announced plans to offer international tourists €200 payments for those who stay on the island for at least two nights, in a bid to help the country’s tourism sector, which was hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic situation.

According to Bartolo’s plans, tourists who opt to stay at four-star hotels will be granted a €150 amount, whereas those who pick three-star hotels will get €100. The amount increases by ten per cent for those who pick Gozo island for their vacations.

In 2019, before the pandemic struck, Malta welcomed 2.7 million international visitors, whereas this year, they expect to attract approximately 35,000 visitors throughout the year, marking an 80 per cent decline.

According to the Worldometers statistics, Malta currently has 70 active COVID-19 cases, no deaths, and 30,054 people have recovered from the virus. The country counts 419 deaths caused by the disease since March 2020.

About 70 per cent of the Maltese population has received at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine, which is the highest figure of vaccinations per country in the European Union.

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