BRITISH TOURISTS CAN TRAVEL ONCE AGAIN TO MALTA FROM 30TH JUNE 2021
ISSUED JUNE 2021: From June 30th 2021, Malta will lift restrictions on all flight arrivals including the United Kingdom. British tourists will be welcome back Malta, Gozo and Comino once again for leisure and business trips.
Flights will resume from 18 UK airports with routes operated by Air Malta, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair. British visitors are encouraged to follow their own governmental guidelines and the FCO advice at the time of travel.
Like the rest of the world, the Maltese Islands experienced lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic for several months. The government of Malta was quick to respond, shutting the airport to commercial passenger flights on 20th March 2020. This decisive strategy has been universally acknowledged as integral to protecting lives, with the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland commenting that Malta had ‘done the best in the whole of Europe’ in dealing with pandemic and the World Health Organisation’s Regional Director Hans Klunge praising the country’s swift actions, calling it ‘an example to follow’.
The Malta Tourism Authority UK trade team has created a ‘Reopening Course’ for agents on www.malta-training.com including eight modules covering arrival, the ‘Certified Compliant’ concept, dining, accommodation, getting around and more.
Safety continues to be a key focus for guests when they are on the Maltese Islands and a number of new protocols are being implemented to ensure they have a ‘Sunny and Safe’ time on holiday.
From 30th June 2021, only fully vaccinated persons can travel to Malta from the United Kingdom. All UK arrivals must be fully vaccinated plus 14 days. Accepted proof of vaccine include the Maltese vaccination certificate, the NHS COVID PASS vaccination certificate 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 30th June.
Experience on Arrival
Arriving and departing tourists will be required to wear a face covering or visor in the terminal building - this also applies to coach transfers from and to the plane.
Public transport in Malta and Gozo is operating normally. Clear guidelines are in place that ensure frequent aeriation and total disinfection of buses and coaches. If travelling by taxi, the vehicle will be sanitised after every trip and rental vehicles will be deep cleaned after every return.
Accommodation and Dining
All accommodation and dining providers must comply to Maltese Government protocols devised to safeguard the safety of guests and employees. The guidelines include maintaining social distancing of 2m, increased levels of hygiene and the wearing of masks or visors by staff. Malta Tourism Authority will inspect accommodation before it is certified to reopen, with approved businesses awarded a Certified Compliant sticker to display and audits will be carried out periodically to ensure standards are adhered to. Buffets and self-service counter dining are no longer on offer in the archipelago.
Malta is ensuring travellers can still enjoy the island’s culture, history, landmarks and beautiful scenery with daily beach cleans, more frequent cleaning of public amenities, and 2m distance between sunbeds and umbrellas. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will also be in place at beaches, swimming pools, shops, museums and attractions.
Please contact Peter Green, Trade Trainer UK & Ireland, on [email protected], and Natalie Swinburne, Trade Marketing Manager UK & Ireland, on [email protected] for more details on available agent support.