Simon Calder discusses regulations for travelling to Malta
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Malta has put in place a number of entry requirements for visitors and Covid restrictions across the country in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. While the nation’s green status means that Britons do not face quarantine on their return to the UK, due to Malta’s current rules, only vaccinated people are permitted to enter the country.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date travel advice for Britons who are currently abroad or planning to jet off.
Most recently, the FCDO updated its advice regarding pre-arrival and pre-departure requirements for travelling to and from Malta.
What entry requirements are there for UK travellers visiting Malta?
Since June 30, Malta has required all arrivals from the UK to present evidence of being fully vaccinated.
This must show that a full course of the vaccine was received at least 14 days prior to travel.
The FCDO states: “If you live in England, Malta will accept the NHS Covid Pass (both the digital and letter versions) as proof of your vaccination status.
“If you live in Wales, Malta will accept your NHS letter.
“If you live in Northern Ireland, Malta will accept the interim proof of vaccination document and if you live in Scotland, Malta will accept your letter (but not digital versions).”
Only Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Children aged between five and 11 years are able to accompany a vaccinated adult but must show evidence of a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before arrival.
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Children under the age of five do not need to show a test. Teenagers aged between 12 and 18 can only travel if they are fully vaccinated.
The FCDO explains: “Everyone must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the online Passenger Locator Form.
“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?
Masks are mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
Masks do not need to be worn on beaches.
However, as of July 1, 2021, a maximum of two people may remove their masks in public spaces outdoors if they have been vaccinated and have an official vaccination certificate.
The FCDO states: “Maltese issued certificates and EU digital passes will be accepted as proof of your vaccination. If you live in England, Malta will accept the NHS Covid Pass letter or App version as proof of vaccination status.”
Restaurants and snack bars are open but there is a limit of six people per table.
Discos and nightclubs remain closed, and groups of people in public spaces are limited to six people unless they are from the same household.
A maximum of four households are allowed to meet indoors, although officials recommend people do not gather in private residences.
What are the rules for returning to the UK from Malta?
As Malta is on the green list, those returning to the UK are exempt from self-isolation.
They must, however, take a pre-departue test before flying to the UK.
Travellers will only be permitted to fly if this test is negative.
Arrivals must take a further PCR test on or before day two of their arrival.
Passengers are also required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before travel which should include details of their pre-booked tests.
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