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Malta to require ‘proof of vaccine from UK arrivals’

Malta will ask for proof of vaccination from UK arrivals from June 30, according to a statement issued today.

The new restriction comes the day after the UK government moved Malta from amber to its green list, meaning British holidaymakers do not need to quarantine on their return.

A statement on Malta’s Department of Information Facebook page said: “As from 30 June, all passengers flying to Malta from the UK, upon arrival, shall need to present a vaccine certificate/passport which needs to be recognised by the Maltese Health Authorities.

“Failing this, those without a recognized Covid vaccine certificate/passport shall need to quarantine at their own expense.”

It is yet to be confirmed whether the country will accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination.

Malta currently requires British holidaymakers to provide a negative PCR test result.

Meanwhile, the Guardian has reported that Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has rejected calls from German leader Angela Merkel for British tourists to be quarantined on arrival in the European Union, “raising hopes that tighter restrictions in Europe will not prove terminal to summer holiday plans”.

However, in the Balearic Islands, authorities asked Spain’s central government to tighten controls for holidaymakers from the UK, added the Guardian.

It said: “The high level of infection in the UK of the Delta Covid variant has prompted concerns in EU capitals about the impact of British tourists, prompting the German chancellor at a summit in Brussels to call for a common quarantine rule.

“But Mitsotakis, whose economy is highly dependent on tourism, said the solution to the threat of the Delta variant was to speed up the pace of vaccination in the EU rather than deter tourism by imposing quarantine requirements. Travellers from the UK must isolate for 14 days on arrival in Germany.”

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