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Malta to allow NHS app as vaccine certification

Malta has confirmed it will allow the NHS Covid Pass as vaccine certification for entry this summer.

The island, added to the green list on Thursday, is only allowing fully-vaccinated Brits to enter from June 30, and asking those who can not prove their full vaccination status to quarantine for 14 days.

Accepted proof of vaccine include the Maltese vaccination certificate, the NHS Covid Pass and the EU Digital Covid Vaccine Certificate.

Children aged 5-11 can travel if they accompany vaccinated adults with proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours from arrival in Malta.

Children under five do not need a test.

Those aged 12 and over will need proof of vaccination. A negative PCR test for over 12s will not be accepted from June 30.

Johann Buttigieg, chief executive of the Malta Tourism Authority, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and the people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.”

Rory Boland, travel editor at consumer group Which?, warned that changing entry requirements, to Malta as well as Spain and Portugal, “demonstrate just how volatile international travel rules are at the moment”.

He said: “The cost of these changes will once again mostly fall at the feet of consumers, many of whom will either have to pay to rebook their flight or holiday or pay extra for tests to gain entry to their destination.

“Many holidaymakers set to travel this summer will soon have balances due on their holidays, often for trips booked several months ago. Holiday companies should be flexible about these and not force customers to pay for trips that don’t look likely to take place.

“Booking travel currently carries considerable risk, and anyone booking a holiday should look for a good package holiday provider with a flexible booking policy that covers changes to traffic light statuses and entry requirements.”

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