From July 15th, Malta will ease restrictions on all airplane arrival, including those from the United Kingdom. British tourists will be allowed into Malta, Gozo, and Comino both for holidays and business trips. All flights will resume from 18 UK airports. Routes will be operated by Air Malta, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair.
Malta is slowly rebuilding its tourism industry
The Maltese islands were under lockdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic for several months. The airport has been shut since March 20th with all commercial flights being suspended.
While discussing the reopening of borders: Tolene Van Der Merwe, director UK & Ireland of Malta Tourism Authority, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers with nearly 650,000 arriving in 2019. We are delighted that we should be able to welcome back travellers from the United Kingdom on July 15th if the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice has been amended by that date. Our streets have been too quiet recently and the people of Malta are keen to welcome back tourists who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in, year out.”
She added: “Around a quarter of all arrivals to Malta are from Britain which makes it an important market for our tourism sector and we are so grateful for the support of our airline, tour operator and travel agent partners who helped us share this destination with so many people. We’ve been working with the trade during lockdown to deliver as much training as possible and look forward to supporting them still once lockdown lifts with lots of planned incentives, training and even trips. And while our islands have been closed, we have been busy – from restoring monuments to erecting our new Michelin star plaques – making sure that when everyone returns, we wow people even more than before.”
Further, the Malta Tourism Authority UK trade team has created a ‘Reopening Course’ for agents. This course covers eight modules covering arrival, the ‘Certified Compliant’ concept, dining, accommodation, getting around and more.
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