Malta reopens to UK visitors from 15 July
The popular Mediterranean island of Malta will open its borders to travellers from 18 selected countries on 01 July, and ‘everyone else’ two weeks later. Tourists will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at the airport and will be asked to adhere to health and safety precautions, including wearing face masks on coaches and social distancing in hotels.
European tourists from Ireland, Germany, Latvia and Norway are among the first invited to visit the island from 01 July, while the UK is included along with the rest of the world on 15 July.
Malta has been off-limits to international visitors for over three months after closing its borders on 20 March. The number of cases of COVID-19 on the island has been low – 663 confirmed cases, resulting in nine deaths.
The good news is that Malta will be open for summer holidays, but Brits will be keeping a close eye on the UK Foreign Office advice – which remains ‘against all non-essential travel’ – as well as Boris Johnson’s quarantine review. In his review on 29 June, the Prime Minister is expected to announce the introduction of ‘air bridges’ between selected low-risk countries, removing the need for Brits to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from holiday.
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