Simon Calder discusses regulations for travelling to Malta
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Like most countries since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Malta has strict entry requirements for those arriving from the UK. In recent weeks, restrictions have changed – with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issuing a new update to its travel advice page for those currently in or due to visit Malta. The latest update includes “changes for acceptance of recovery and one dose vaccination certificates and COVID restrictions in public spaces.”
What are the latest travel rules for UK travellers visiting Malta?
Since June 30, 2021, the Maltese authorities have required all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination.
According to the FCDO: “This must show that you received a full course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to your arrival.
“If you live in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, Malta will accept the UK’s COVID vaccine certification, both the digital and letter versions, as proof of your vaccination status.”
Travellers who received their vaccine in the EU will be able to use the EU digital Covid Certificate as proof of inoculation.
In a new update, the FCDO adds: “If you received your vaccinations in a country that administers only one dose after recovery from COVID-19, and the vaccination certificate is accepted by the Maltese authorities, you may enter Malta if your certificate shows recovery from COVID at least six months before you arrive and one dose of an EMA approved vaccine.”
Vaccinated arrivals do not need to quarantine in Malta.
Children aged between five and 11 must show a negative PCR test, dated within 72 hours of arrival.
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Children under five are not required to take a Covid test.
However, children aged 12and 18 are only permitted to travel to Malta if they have proof of full vaccination. They must have received both doses more than 14 days before travel.
All arrivals are required to complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and an online passenger locator form.
The FCDO states: “You must show both forms to airline officials on departure and health officials stationed at the Terminal Temperature Screening Points when you arrive in Malta. The forms should be completed before departure.”
What coronavirus restrictions are in place in Malta?
A number of restrictions remain in place in Malta in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Face masks remain mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Children under the age of three are exempt from wearing a mask.
The FCDO explains: “From July 1 2021, a maximum of two people may remove their masks in outside public spaces if they have been vaccinated and they have an official recognised vaccination certificate.
“If you live in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, Malta will accept the UK’s COVID vaccine certification (both the digital and letter versions) as proof of your vaccination status.”
Groups in public places can be made up of no more than six people, unless from the same household.
A maximum of four households are allowed to meet indoors. The FCDO warns: “Those found to be breaching the limit will be fined.”
Restaurants are open, but tables are limited to groups of six unless the venue is only open to fully-vaccinated staff and customers.
In venues where vaccination is required for entry, tables can seat up to eight.
Social distancing of two metres is encouraged.
What are the rules for Britons returning to the UK from Malta?
From Monday, October 4, the green and amber lists will merge into a “rest of world” list. The UK will continue to utilise a “red list” for “risk” countries.
The rules for entering the UK from “red of world” countries will depend on your vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated Britons do not have to self-isolate on their return.
They are also exempt from taking a pre-departure test, however, must take a PCR test on day two of their arrival.
Unvaccinated Britons will be required to self-isolate on their return to the UK.
Those who have not been double-jabbed are also required to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on days two and eight of their quarantine.
All arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a passenger locator form.
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