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Malta holidays: Island closes bars for over a month as FCO changes travel advice

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Malta is known for being a popular winter sun destination with its hot climate. The archipelago is located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the north African coast. This means the island manages to maintain warm weather in the winter, making it an ideal spot for half term holidays.

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At this time of year, the temperature is still around 20C, dropping to around 15C to 18C in December, January and February.

However, for Britons this year catching some rays on the island of Malta may be more difficult this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Malta is on the UK’s quarantine list which means Britons returning from there to the UK have to quarantine for 14 days on their return.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to Malta which is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

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Malta holidays: FCO updates travel advice as island closes bars for entire month (Image: GETTY (stock image))

Malta holidays: The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to Malta (Image: GETTY)

As well as stringent travel rules, the island has now also put rules in place for tourist sites, shops, gyms and bars.

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The latest restrictions are detailed on the FCDO website, saying: “Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools and restaurants have reopened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing.”

The biggest change for visitors to the island is the closure of bars from tomorrow until December 1.

The website added: “Discos and nightclubs are closed. Boat parties are not allowed.

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“Groups, in public places, are limited to six people. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces, indoor and outdoor (under 3s are exempt). Fines will be levied for non-compliance.”

Social distancing of two meters is also encouraged.

Recently, Malta changed its entry requirements for Britons from certain parts of the UK.

Travellers from Belfast, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle now have to present evidence of a negative coronavirus test.

Passengers who do not present a negative covid test certificate can be asked to give a swab on arrival at Malta International Airport or be asked to quarantine in Malta upon arrival.

Those arriving from elsewhere in the UK are not required to self-isolate.

Malta is currently recording 221 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

This is well above the UK’s threshold for countries to be included on the travel corridor list.

Quarantine exemption list (Image: EXPRESS)

Malta has only recorded 5,685 cases and 55 deaths at the time of writing.

The figures are relatively low compared to other countries in Europe, however, the island has been recording around 100 new cases each day.

It’s unlikely that Malta would be added back to the UK’s travel corridor list this week due to the island’s infection rate.

Britons are being urged to check entry requirements and restrictions that are in place before visiting a country overseas.

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