Malta Will Allow UK Vistors With Proof of Negative PCR Tests

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Malta has upgraded the UK to the Amber List of its current Covid-19 'traffic light' system of travel restrictions. The new status means that tourists from the UK will be able to visit without being subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period but will be allowed to enter on production of a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta.

Until 27 April, the UK was on Malta's Red List, meaning that all travel from the UK was banned, except for Maltese residents.

A statement on the Visit Malta travel information page reads:

Public Health Authorities notifies that, after a review of the epidemiological studies in the United Kingdom, it was decided that the region will no longer be considered in the red zone for travelling, but will be lifted to the amber zone.

Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the amber list is required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test performed no more than seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Malta. 

Travellers arriving in Malta from any these countries who fail to produce such a test will be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

This notice will start with immediate effect from today, 27 April, 2021.

The Maltese government recently announced that it would be welcoming UK citizens who are 'fully vaccinated' from 1 June 2021. Tourists must be able to provide proof that they have received the full course of vaccines required, at least 14 days before arrival in Malta (although the original press release said 10 days). The current status of this provision on the Visit Malta website is that it will be 'announced in due course.'

With the regulations as they currently stand, and assuming the UK's travel restrictions are eased as expected on 17 May, all travellers, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to submit a PCR test before travelling.

Just in case the already murky water hadn't been muddied enough, while Malta has upgraded the UK from its Red List to its Amber List, Malta is expected to be named on the UK's Green List when travel restrictions are eased on May 17. 

According to the UK government's Global Traffic Taskforce webpage, this means that tourists returning from Malta will not need to quarantine upon their return to the UK, but will still be required to take a PCR test prior to leaving Malta and also take an approved PCR test on or before day 2 of their arrival back in the UK. A positive test at any stage of the process means mandatory quarantine and more testing. 

For all the latest Malta travel updates, visit www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19

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