Travel news: Can I travel to Malta this summer and what are the rules?

There was a small bit of fine information for holidaymakers on 24 June as the Department for Transport introduced that 16 locations have been set to be part of the travel “green list”.

The transport secretary confirmed that, alongside varied British Overseas Territories, tourism favourites Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands and quite a few Caribbean islands could be upgraded.

Grant Shapps mentioned: “We’re moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination programme, we’re now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress.

“It’s right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority, while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable.”

So does this imply you may head to Malta on a summer vacation? Here’s every part you want to know.

When did Malta be part of the inexperienced record?

Malta joined the UK’s inexperienced record at 4am on 30 June.

Will Malta let British holidaymakers in?

Yes, however with hefty caveats.

Shortly after the UK’s announcement that Malta would go inexperienced, the Maltese authorities mentioned that, from 30 June, solely absolutely vaccinated travellers who current a vaccine certificates recognised by Malta’s Public Health Superintendent might be allowed in from the UK, quarantine-free. According to the Maltese tourism board, the NHS app might be accepted as proof of vaccination, together with vaccination certificates in digital or downloaded PDF kind.. Arrivals should have acquired their second jab a minimum of 14 days prior.

Children aged five-11 can travel in the event that they accompany vaccinated adults with proof of a adverse PCR check carried out inside 72 hours of arrival in Malta; youngsters beneath 5 don’t want a check. Those aged 12 and over will want proof of vaccination to enter – a adverse PCR check for over 12s is not going to be accepted.

The transfer follows considerations over the hovering charges of the Delta virus variant in Britain.

Everyone should full a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form. You should present each kinds to airline officers on departure and well being officers stationed at the Terminal Temperature Screening Points if you arrive in Malta.

Do you might have to be vaccinated?

Unless you are a Maltese citizen, or a baby beneath 12, it might seem so.

“As from the 30 June, only fully vaccinated persons can travel to Malta from the United Kingdom,” reads the Visit Malta web site.

What are the guidelines in Malta and what’s open?

Passengers on public transport, together with the Gozo ferry, should put on face masks.

Masks are obligatory in all public areas, indoor and out of doors, for all these aged three and over, with fines levied for non-compliance. From 1 July a most of two individuals might take away their masks in exterior public areas if they’ve been vaccinated and they’ve an official vaccination certificates. Currently solely Maltese issued certificates might be accepted as proof of vaccination.

Mask carrying on seashores is suggested however now not required as of 1 June.

Museums and vacationer websites, non-essential outlets and companies reminiscent of hairdressers all reopened in April.

Restaurants and snack bars are open, restricted to six individuals per desk. Cinemas and theatres are additionally open, whereas bars, discos and nightclubs stay closed and boat events are prohibited.

What are the guidelines for returning inexperienced record travellers?

Those heading to the UK from inexperienced record nations, reminiscent of Malta, should current a adverse Covid check (lateral stream, fast antigen or PCR) earlier than departure. On arrival into the UK there isn’t a obligatory quarantine, however travellers should take a PCR check inside two days of getting into the nation.