By Deirdre Tynan • 25 June 2021 • 10:14
Malta imposes new rules.
Malta has imposed fresh restrictions on British holidaymakers just hours after it was added to the UK green list.
FROM June 30, British travellers to the Mediterranean island will be required to present proof of vaccination in order to visit without facing quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers must self-isolate on arrival. It is unclear if the NHS app, which can act like a ‘vaccine passport’ will be accepted in Malta.
Malta, and an increasing number of other EU states, are concerned about the Delta variant. The Delta variant accounts for 99 per cent of British cases of Covid infection.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on countries in the EU to coordinate and impose quarantine on British arrivals.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has forecasted that by the end of August the Delta variant will account for 90 per cent of infections in the EU.
Malta, along with the Balearic Islands was added to the green list by Transport Secretary Grants Shapp on June 24.
He tweeted, “We’re adding Malta to the Govt green list. We’re also adding Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK Overseas Territories and Caribbean Islands (including Barbados) to the green list and green watchlist.”
In 2018, more than one in five tourists to Malta came from the UK.
On June 22, the Balearic Islands had 51 new cases of Covid-19. Forty-five cases in Mallorca, five in Ibiza and one in Menorca.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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