UK Citizens Allowed to Enter After Two Vaccine Doses From 1 June
The Maltese government has announced that it will welcome travellers from the UK who have been 'fully vaccinated' from 1 June 2021 – assuming that the current ban on travelling out of the UK is lifted, as anticipated, on 17 May.
British travellers who can show proof of full vaccination – that is, both doses of a coronavirus vaccine – received at least ten days before arriving in the country will be allowed to visit. Airline passengers will need to show their vaccination cards when boarding to be accepted for travel.
Non-vaccinated UK travellers will not be permitted to enter the country, even with a negative PCR test. Malta maintains 'Red', 'Amber' and 'Green' lists of countries for which there are varying levels of restrictions. Travellers from Red List countries – of which the UK is one – must be fully vaccinated if they wish to visit; non-vaccinated travellers from ‘Amber List’ countries will be allowed to enter with proof of a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travelling; as of the time of writing, there are no countries on the Green List.
There is currently no indication as to when, or how, the UK might be moved off the Red List. According to the UK's provisional estimated vaccination timeline, all UK adults over the age of 18 should have received at least their first dose before 31 July.
'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,' said Tolene Van Der Merwe, Director UK & Ireland of Malta Tourism Authority. 'The people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.'
According to Our World in Data, Malta is following closely behind the UK's Europe-leading vaccination programme, and, in fact, is ahead of the UK when it comes to the percentage of its population that has received both doses and is now 'fully' vaccinated.
'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,' said Clayton Bartolo, Malta’s Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection. '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.'
The latest travel advisories including the current Red and Amber lists for travelling to Malta can be found at www.visitmalta.com/en/covid-19. More information on Malta's 'Sunny and Safe' protocols can be found at https://www.visitmalta.com/en/file.aspx?f=34296