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Malta abandons plan to bar unvaccinated travellers from entry

Malta has abandoned its plan to close its borders on Wednesday to travellers that have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, Trend reports citing Euronews.

On Friday the government announced that from July 14, travellers would have to prove they had been vaccinated, which led to criticism from the European Commission.

The government announced on Tuesday that instead, arrivals would face an undisclosed period of quarantine. The compulsory self-isolation period for those arriving from countries certified as “red” is already 14 days.

The EC had criticised the ban, pointing out that the health pass system adopted by the EU – under which arrivals had to prove they were vaccinated, cured of the coronavirus, or recently tested negative – was binding on member states.

It had appeared to shut the door completely on tourists from the United States and other nationalities by saying on Friday that “anyone arriving in Malta must present a recognized vaccination certificate: a Maltese certificate, a British certificate or a certificate of the European Union”.

The new notice published on Tuesday, which comes into force on Wednesday, however includes many other nations, including the United States and Japan.


The small Mediterranean island of 500,000 boasts of being the most vaccinated country in the EU, with 79% of the adult population having received two doses.

But while on June 27 no new cases were reported and only 28 cases were recorded, Malta recorded 96 new infections on Friday, bringing the total of recorded cases to 252.

A large number of cases have been detected during language trips and the government announced last week that English schools, which attract students from all over the world each year, will be closed from Wednesday.

Hundreds of students, including 150 Italians, are stranded in Malta, placed in quarantine after this outbreak, according to the Foreign Ministry.

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Malta tightens rules on UK arrivals hours after green list announcement

Countries on the “green watchlist” are at risk of returning to the amber list if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region.

Currently, other EU countries like France, Germany or Italy, are already imposing a quarantine on UK visitors.

After the initial excitement to be added to the UK’s “safe list”, now many other green list destinations are also urging the Governments to tighten rules for all British arrivals.

The Balearics, in Spain, have also requested tougher measures with Iago Negueruela, the official in charge of tourism in the Balearic Islands making a statement this morning.

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Malta and Balearic Islands 'to be added to green list' today: Boost for Brit holidaymakers

Good news for British holidaymakers is expected this week as more countries could be added to England’s travel green list. It is likely that Malta and the Balearic Islands will be put on the list.

A handful of African countries are expected to be put on the red list.

Travel is currently banned from these nations for all except British residents and nationals.

Malta was tipped to be added to the green list three weeks ago, during the Government’s last travel traffic system announcement.

However, its status on the amber list remained unchanged.

However, Britons returning from amber countries must quarantine for 10 days at home, and for 10 days in a hotel if coming from red countries.

This is regardless of travellers’ vaccination status, but this could change for double jabbed holidaymakers returning from amber nations in August.

Data analysed by the PC Agency from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Our World in Data suggests that, according to the UK’s own criteria, multiple countries should be added to the green list today.

These include the US, Croatia, Canada, Italy, Germany, the Balearic Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Finland, Poland, Morocco, Malta, Barbados, and Grenada.

The potential updates to the travel traffic light lists will be announced this afternoon.

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TUI axes more June holidays including Canary Islands, Greece and Malta

TUI has assured customers it will not take them to destinations if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against non-essential travel.

The travel provider is “reviewing” its current flight and holiday programme, and sharing information to travellers whose plans may have been cancelled.

In a recent update, holidays including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to an array of destinations have now been cancelled.

Cancelled holidays include those due to depart on or before June 20, 2021, to Aruba, the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera), Croatia with the exception of Kvarner Bay, Cyprus, Greece (Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Preveza, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos, and Chania in Crete), Jamaica, Italy, mainland Spain, La Palma in the Canary Islands and Malta.

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Holidays: Travel expert bets on Malta & Portugal for 'green list' – 'rest of Europe amber'

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From May 17, Britons will be able to jet off internationally for leisure purposes. However, whether or not they face quarantine will depend on Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s “traffic light” system for travel.

“We expect 24 countries to be green currently including Israel, Barbados, Grenada, Iceland, Finland, Morocco, Jamaica, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Ascension, South Georgia, Saint Helena, British Antarctic, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Lucia and Antigua.”

There is some hope ahead for European holidays, though.

“We believe Europe will mostly turn green by end of June, as will the USA,” said Mr Charles.

He also highlighted some countries which are areas of concern based on the data analysed.

“We are concerned by possible India-related infection increases in Seychelles, Sri Lanka and the Maldives so these won’t be green on May 17,” the travel expert wrote.

“Cyprus is also of concern due to 100 percent infection increase in the last month. It’s number one in our chart.”

Despite travel expert predictions, the Government has remained tight-lipped on which countries it is considering for the green list.

In an address to the nation last week, the Prime Minister said: “I’d love to be able to give you a clear rundown of the countries that we think will be red, amber or green.

“We won’t be able to do that at this stage.

“As we have said the Global Travel Taskforce has reported but what they have said is that we are really going to need to wait until early May before we can say which countries are on the list.

“You can see some of the troubles and problems that some of our friends are currently having so I think it would be premature to speculate about that.

“I am sorry about that but we will be saying as much as possible as soon as we can before May 17.”

Malta holiday boost as nation vows to pay tourists to visit during the summer

Malta saw a boost in summer 2020 thanks to its place, for some time, on the UK’s “green travel corridor” list. Though it is not clear whether or not the nation will be on the “green list” under the UK Government’s “traffic light system”, its tourism authority has already outlined plans to encourage visitors to return.
The money is to be spent on accommodation, food and hotel services.

The tourism body is set to spend €3.5million (£3million) on the scheme and hopes it will attract around 35,000 visitors to Malta.

Malta’s Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said: “The scheme is aimed at putting Malta’s hotels in a very competitive position as international tourism restarts.”

However, the scheme will not be applicable to those who book package holidays.

Malta has already said it plans to reopen its borders to UK arrivals who have been fully vaccinated from June 1.

In March, director for the UK and Ireland at Malta Tourism Authority, Tolene Van Der Merwe, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and is a key contributor to Malta’s economy, so we are excited to welcome back fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom from 1 June.

“The people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in, year out.”

While the UK Government has not yet announced which countries will be on the “green list” for travel, there are hopes Malta could make the cut.

Head of The Points Guy UK Nicky Kelvin included the country in his prediction for May 17.

“Looking at the UK’s current travel ban list, it looks likely that much of Southern Africa will remain on the ‘red list’ but nations like Egypt and Morocco could appear on the potential green list,” the travel expert said.

“It is also likely that we will see a number of Central American and Caribbean countries on the green list, including Barbados, Mexico and Grenada, given low infection rates and good vaccination programmes in the region.

“Other potential green list countries could include Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Spain and Malta.

“While the government still advises against booking summer holidays abroad just yet, these are just our guesses for which countries may appear on the lowest-risk green list.”

The Government is set to announce more on international travel in the coming weeks ahead of the predicted May 17 restart date.

Though travellers jetting off to green list countries will not be required to self-isolate, they will have to undergo a series of pre- and post-departure tests.

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Malta to welcome back vaccinated British tourists from June 1

If Britons can show proof of full vaccination, they will be able to travel to Malta in June. Full vaccination means receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Malta is second only to the UK in terms of European countries’ vaccine rollout, with 40 percent of the adult population having received a first dose.

Tolene Van Der Merwe, Director UK & Ireland of Malta Tourism Authority, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and is a key contributor to Malta’s economy, so we are excited to welcome back fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom from 1 June 2021.

“The people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.

“Malta has implemented its Sunny and Safe COVID protocols, so visitors can be reassured that all restaurants, accommodation and service providers must comply with the highest levels of cleanliness and safety.”

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Clayton Bartolo, Malta’s Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection also commented on the news.

He said: “The health and safety of Maltese citizens and tourists will always be our top priority, and with the continued rollout of the vaccine here in Malta, this focused reopening plan is designed to slowly and safely reopen tourism to fully vaccinated Britons.”

Malta’s Sunny and Safe COVID protocols that the country’s tourism authority has put together features guidance on how to keep both locals and tourists safe when Malta’s borders re-open.

These include maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering where required.

Public transport in Malta and Gozo, another island in the Maltese archipelago, is currently operating normally.

Clear guidelines and practices are in place that ensure frequent aeriation and total disinfection of buses and coaches, while taxis are sanitised after every trip and rental vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after being returned by clients.

There will also be increased levels of hygiene in all Maltese accommodation establishments, with hotels, restaurants, and shops investing in more contactless payment readers, hand sanitiser dispensers, and plastic screens or dividers.

Additionally, the Malta tourism authority will soon be launching its new Feel Free Again campaign, which aims to inspire travellers to harness their re-established freedom to plan and book holidays to Malta when the time is right.

In other travel news, UK airlines have told the Government that vaccinated Britons should be allowed to travel abroad without any restrictions from May 17 under a traffic light system for summer holiday flights.

Multiple British airline firms believe that only travellers returning from the highest risk red tier countries should have to quarantine, while people travelling to and from green tier countries should not have to quarantine or take coronavirus tests.

The airlines, which include British Airways, Virgin, EasyJet, and Ryanair, said: “A general principle, subject to the need to address specific risks, should be that vaccinated passengers should not be subject to travel restrictions and only high-risk countries would continue to be subject to robust measures.”

A middle-ranking amber tier would see travellers undergoing lateral flow tests either before boarding a flight or on arrival in a country, but no quarantine.