The health minister has said that Malta will ban unorganized tourists from next week.
The British, heading for the Mediterranean, have thrown their holiday plans into disarray with the advent of new rules.
Malta is the only viable holiday on the UK’s ‘Green List’ for travel, which determines the places that the British can visit without the need for quarantine upon return.
But after Malta was added to the UK’s ‘green list’ at the end of last month, the UK was added to Malta’s ‘red list’, meaning travelers had to show proof of vaccination to enter.
Now, the rules are being extended.
From Wednesday (July 14th), Malta will need proof of vaccination from all visitors in the hope of ending the latest outbreak of corona virus infection.
Tourists will be required to present a certificate of immunization to CWED-19 recognized by the Maltese Health Authorities.
“Malta is the first country in the European Union to take this step,” Chris Farren told a news conference on Friday.
“We need to protect our society,” he added.
The EU’s green passport certifies those who are vaccinated, have a negative PCR result or have been recovered from CWED-19, but Malta has now decided to recognize only those who Get fully vaccinated.
Children between the ages of five and 12 are required to take only one negative PCR test, while children under the age of five are exempt.
However, under these laws, British youth are effectively barred from entering the nation because the UK has not extended its vaccination to healthy adolescents under the age of 18.
Holiday demand has risen since the UK’s announcement, in addition to Malta, Spain’s Bellary Island, Portugal’s Madeira and several places in the Caribbean, they have announced that they will be added to the green list from the amber list. ۔
Malta has become the 17th most popular country among package holiday consumers since the announcement, according to travel competition website TravelSuperMarket.
When the new vaccination rules came into force on June 30, the British lost hope of a holiday.
Malta, with a population of just over half a million, had 46 active cases on July 1, but rose to 252 on Friday (July 9).
Mr Fern said most of the new cases were related to travel.
The government says 90 percent of new cases involve non-competitors.
Currently, 79% of Maltese owners are fully vaccinated.