[Travel News] Malta Slated To Scrape All Its Covid Entry Requirements

According to the Maltese authorities, it has been confirmed that all COVID-19 entry restrictions will be abolished starting July 25.

According to Visit Malta, the official travel portal of Malta, all travellers from anywhere of the world will be able to enter Malta without having to go through any COVID-related protocols, which effectively means that travellers are no longer obliged to present a a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate when they arrive at Malta’s border.

The statement on Visit Malta reads: “As from July 25, 2022, people travelling to Malta without a vaccine certificate or a recovery certificate do not need to present a negative PCR/Rapid Test before arriving in Malta.”

Before this announcement, which will take effect from July 25, all travellers coming to Malta must have and present relevant COVID-19 proof.

However, until July 25, which is the day the new decision comes into effect, all travellers must still adhere to the current entry rules, namely presenting a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. Moreover, the documents presented by travellers arriving at borders must conform to the validity rules.

The current entry rules, which requires travellers to present COVID-19 documents, applies to everyone above the age of 12.

The decision was made amidst the worsen COVID-19 situation in Europe as infection cases are on the increase throughout the continent.

According to the World Health Organisation, Malta has recorded almost 4000 new cases of COVID-19 contractions in the last week.

Regarding the vaccination rates, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that Malta has distributed upwards of 1.2 millions doses of vaccinations by the end of June. Additionally, almost 94% of Malta’s adult population has received the primary doses, whereas 80.5% has already gotten the first booster shot.

As opposed to Malta, who will be dropping its entry rules later in July, most European Union countries have already gone forth with the similar decision earlier.

These are the countries in the EU/Schengen area who have done away with their COVID-19 entry rules:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • The Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

These countries above are open to any travellers from any country restriction-free, even if they do not have COVID-19 documents, namely  a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

Earlier last month, Malta decided to drop all of its COVID-19 entry test requirements for minors. More specifically, it was no longer necessary for children under the age of 12 to submit a negative COVID-19 test, which was previously an obligatory travel documentation.

Khoa Pham

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