Malta further eases Covid rules for visitors

Malta is to remove its quarantine requirement for travellers who are not fully vaccinated from next week as the country continues with its Covid-19 exit roadmap.

From April 11, travellers coming into the archipelago from a country on the red list will be allowed to enter with a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

People who have a recognised Covid recovery certificate presented within 180 days of arrival may also enter the country.

The changes, announced by the country’s deputy prime minister and minister for health, Chris Fearne, mean non-fully vaccinated travellers no longer have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Vaccine certificates will no longer be required to attend standing outdoor events or seated indoor gatherings from April 10.

Minister for tourism Clayton Bartolo said: “The decision to ease further Covid-19 restrictions related to travel continues to be a turning point in the government’s efforts to drive the Maltese Islands back to normality.”

Johann Buttigieg, chief executive of the Malta Tourism Authority, called the decision “great news” for the country’s tourism industry.

He added: “The authority welcomes this announcement which will continue to pave the way forward for the tourism sector to continue recovering after the pandemic.

“Today’s announcement essentially means that persons who, for some reason or other, are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit Malta without the need for mandatory quarantine.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to explore the Maltese islands.”

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