The popular holiday destination of Malta has said it will be opening its doors to Britons next month. British holidaymakers will be allowed to fly to the scenic island destination from July 15. UK tourists will be allowed back while the island is reopening using a two-step staggered method.
UK visitors will be allowed back during the second wave of Malta’s reopening.
The first wave will include holidaymakers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Norway and Denmark who can arrive from July 1.
Tolene Van der Merwe, the director of the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) in the UK and Ireland spoke to the Daily Telegraph about Malta’s decision to reopen.
She explained that she is hoping the quarantine rules will change.
Holidays 2020: Malta opens its doors to Britons
Holidays 2020: UK visitors will be allowed back during the second wave of Malta’s reopening
She said: “We are hoping that the FCO warning and the quarantine requirements will change on the UK side before July 15 – so that people will feel comfortable if they want to travel abroad.
“But this is independent of what Britain does. Malta will be open.”
She also added that there will be added security steps in place to make sure visitors feel safe and secure.
She added: “Certain safeguards will remain in place.
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“There will be thermal screenings at the airport.
“All passengers – arriving or departing – will be required to wear face-masks or visors in the terminal building.
“This will also apply on coach transfers to and from the airport.
“And there will be a self-declaration form where people will be asked to share details of their travels in the previous 30 days.
Holidays 2020: “We are hoping that the FCO warning and the quarantine requirements will change”
“But this is to help the authorities trace cases – should anything happen.”
She also told the Daily Telegraph that social distancing measures will be in place across hotels and restaurants.
“Many restaurants have outdoor seating areas,” she added.
“Luckily, we are going into high summer, so it is easier for restaurants to have more tables outside.
“Our restaurants and coffee shops have already reopened to local citizens.”
This is good news for Britons who were facing potentially being barred from some nations because of the UK’s quarantine rules.
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However, if Britons do decide to visit Malta, they will currently still face the UK’s quarantine rules when they return.
On June 8, the UK imposed strict quarantine rules on anyone arriving into the country.
People arriving into the country from outside of the Common Travel Area such as the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Island, will face 14 days in quarantine.
On arrival, a person has to provide the UK authorities with details of where they will be staying for the next 14 days.
Police will be making spot checks and anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of £1,000.