Officials in Malta have announced that as of Wednesday, only fully vaccinated travellers from Britain will be permitted to visit Malta.
All travellers must have had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, at least two weeks prior to arrival.
The Maltese vaccination certificate, the NHS Covid-19 Pass vaccination certificate, and the EU digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate are all accepted as proof of immunisation.
Children aged five to eleven years old are allowed to travel provided they are accompanied by vaccinated adults who have proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival in Malta.
A test is not required for children under the age of five.
Those over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination. From June 30th, a negative PCR test for youth aged 12 to 17 will not be accepted.
The Malta Tourism Authority’s chief executive, Johann Buttigieg, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and the people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.”
At the same time, unless travellers to Portugal can prove they were fully inoculated against Covid-19 at least two weeks prior to arrival with an EU-approved vaccination, anyone travelling from the UK will be quarantined for 14 days in Portugal. This change come into effect today.
The government added the United Kingdom to the list of nations from which travellers must quarantine “at home or a place indicated by the health authorities” in legislation published in the state gazette last night and which took effect at midnight.
Brazil, South Africa, India, and Nepal were already on the list, but the UK is the only country where persons who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are exempt.
Travellers from the United Kingdom are considered fully inoculated if they have received one dose of a single-dose vaccine, two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, or just one dose of a two-dose vaccine schedule for people who have recovered from the disease if their vaccination certificate indicates the schedule is complete after just one dose.
A special exception is granted for participants in specific sporting tournaments held in June and July for all countries on the list.