Malta to welcome fully vaccinated UK holidaymakers from June

Malta has announced that UK travellers who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are welcome from 1 June.

Passengers will need to show their vaccination card before boarding flights, according to the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA).

But the UK is on Malta’s red list of countries, which means non-vaccinated travellers are banned from entering.

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Tolene Van Der Merwe, director for the UK and Ireland at MTA, said: “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and is a key contributor to Malta’s economy, so we are excited to welcome back fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom from 1 June.

“The people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in, year out.”

Around 500,000 British tourists normally visit Malta every year.

Malta is second to the UK in terms of European countries which have vaccinated the largest proportion of their population.

Clayton Bartolo, Malta’s minister for tourism and consumer protection, said: “The health and safety of Maltese citizens and tourists will always be our top priority, and, with the continued rollout of the vaccine here in Malta, this focused reopening plan is designed to slowly and safely reopen tourism to fully vaccinated Britons.”

Malta follows on from a number of other popular tourist destinations that have announced plans to reopen their borders in recent weeks.

Turkey expects to welcome UK holidaymakers without requiring proof of a vaccine or negative test, as soon as foreign leisure travel is permitted.

Greece will require international tourists to have been vaccinated, had a recent negative COVID-19 test or have coronavirus antibodies.

Visitors to Cyprus must have had both doses of a vaccine.

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Overseas holidays in the UK is currently banned, but Boris Johnson will make an announcement on Monday about lifting restrictions.

The government’s Global Travel Taskforce will provide a report to the Prime Minister on 12 April setting out recommendations for how and when foreign holidays can resume.

Under England’s road map for easing pandemic rules, the earliest that overseas leisure travel could be permitted is 17 May.

But there is growing speculation that that date could be pushed back as parts of Europe are seeing rising infections.

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