New Malta entry rules require negative PCR tests

Malta has introduced new entry rules, requiring all visitors from the UK to have a negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours of their arrival.

They must also complete a Passenger Locator Form including a Public Health Travel Declaration Form.

Back in March, Maltese authorities had said British holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 would be able to visit from June 1 without needing to show a negative PCR result.

The Mediterranean island’s new rules came into force on Tuesday (June 1).

Air Malta warns that customers who are not in possession of these documents will be denied boarding.

Only passengers under the age of five are exempt, while those with a valid Maltese vaccine certificate can use this instead of a negative PCR test result.

Like the UK, Malta has categorised countries as red, amber or green. It currently has no green destinations and the UK is on the amber list.

A government statement said a vaccination certificate will only be accepted when the European Union’s digital Covid passport is “in place and functioning” and bilateral agreements to accept “reciprocal vaccination certification” between Malta and other countries are signed.

Malta is on the British amber list, meaning those arriving in the UK must self-isolate at home for up to 10 days when they return. It has been tipped as a candidate for moving to the green list when the traffic light system is reviewed in early June.

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