Malta holidays: Foreign Office issues Covid test warning for Winter sun holidaymakers

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Located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa, Malta is a great spot for some Winter sun. The archipelago is known for its historic sites which include temples and burial chambers as well as its sunny weather. In fact, Malta is still currently experiencing temperatures of 20C to 25C.

However, despite being a popular Winter sun destination, Malta remains on the UK’s quarantine list after experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases.

The country has recorded almost 4,000 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began and 43 deaths.

While this may seem like a small number compared with other countries, Malta’s infection rate is above 100.

Countries with more than 20 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period are usually at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.

Malta’s infection rate is currently 129.1 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is also advising against all but essential travel to Malta at this time.

And now, the FCDO has warned that those entering the country from certain destinations need to submit a negative coronavirus test before boarding flights to Malta.

The FCDO advice reads: “Passengers arriving from some countries and regions are required to submit a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before boarding flights to Malta.

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“Passengers who do not present this certificate can be asked to give a swab on arrival at Malta International Airport or be asked to self-quarantine in Malta upon arrival.

“The current list can be found on the Maltese Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ website.

“The Maltese Government will regularly review the list of countries for which prior testing will be required.”

All passengers arriving in the country have to complete a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form which are available on the Malta Airport website.

Malta has an a three-tier system for those arriving in the country from abroad.

Travellers coming to Malta from a “green list” of safe countries will not be subject to a swab test on arrival.

There will only be thermal screening at the airport and persons arriving will be asked to fill a self-declaration form requesting information on their travels in the previous 30 days.

The “green list” currently includes the UK.

Passengers arriving from countries on the “amber list” are required to submit a negative coronavirus PCR test certificate before boarding flights to Malta.

Passengers should be aware that “for increased security, random swab tests may be conducted on passengers upon arrival at the Malta International Airport.”

The countries on the “amber list” are the Czech Republic, France (Paris and Marseille), Romania, Spain (Barcelona, Girona and Madrid) and Tunisia.

All countries not included on the green list or amber list are automatically included on the “red list”.

Passengers arriving from these countries must have spent at least the previous 14 days in one of the safe corridor countries before reaching Malta.

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