Travel: Expert discusses vaccines and Covid tests
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Green list destinations are now urging the Governments to tighten rules for UK arrivals due to concerns about the Delta variant. Malta has been the first one to introduce new strict measures.
Many destinations like Malta had been calling to be added to the UK’s green list for months.
Now, and expecting a flood of visitors, some have issued their own restrictions.
Malta is one of 16 countries added to the UK’s green travel list, meaning tourists going there after 4am on June 30 will not have to quarantine on their return.
Now, however, the Maltese Government has issued a new rule requiring all UK arrivals to present proof of vaccination in order to visit the island quarantine-free.
This means that despite being the country on the green list, Britons that haven’t been fully vaccinated yet will have to quarantine on their arrival to Malta at their own expense.
The Maltese Government said the decision had been taken due to the “situation of variant cases reported in the United Kingdom”.
The new measure will take place the same day Malta will officially enter the green list, on June 30.
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It is yet to be confirmed whether the country will accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination.
Malta currently requires all British holidaymakers to provide a negative PCR test result.
The test must have been carried out up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta.
If a negative PCR test is not presented, it is mandatory to have a test on arrival or quarantine for 14 days, according to the Visit Malta website.
The country was added to the green list last night along with Spain’s Balearic Islands, Madeira and some Caribbean destinations, but Malta is the only one not part of the “green watchlist”.
Countries on the “green watchlist” are at risk of returning to the amber list if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region.
Currently, other EU countries like France, Germany or Italy, are already imposing a quarantine on UK visitors.
After the initial excitement to be added to the UK’s “safe list”, now many other green list destinations are also urging the Governments to tighten rules for all British arrivals.
The Balearics, in Spain, have also requested tougher measures with Iago Negueruela, the official in charge of tourism in the Balearic Islands saying this morning: “We’ve asked the Spanish Government to establish controls for the arrival of people coming from the UK.”
The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, will be on the green list from June 30, meaning Britons don’t have to quarantine on their return to the UK.
However, mainland Spain remains on the amber list.
At the time of writing, Britons can enter Spain and its islands without a test or proof of vaccination.
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