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July 27, 2021
UK visitors must show proof that they have been doubly vaccinated with the last dose received at least two weeks before arriving.
If you live in England, you’ll need to show your NHS COVID Pass – and it’s very important to note that the Maltese government is not prepared to accept the digital app pass as verification – travellers from the UK must present the official NHS letter as proof of vaccinations (we know, this is madness – we’ll come back to digital later). If you live in Scotland or Wales, it’s your NHS letter. If you live in Northern Ireland, Malta will accept the interim proof of vaccination document valid until 11:59pm on 31 July.
If you have children aged 11 and under they will need to show a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Children and young people 12 and over, however, need to be double vaccinated and since the UK is not yet offering the vaccine to this age group this amounts to a ban on 12 – 18 year olds.
Malta was expecting around 150 000 tourists from the UK in the next few months but this number has taken a hit (it’s not yet possible to say how significant a hit) with parents being unwilling to leave their teenagers behind! And because of the new requirement asking for a hardcopy letter and rejecting the NHS digital pass.
It’s a head scratcher. With digital, contactless tech at the forefront of recovery for economies and procedures all over the world, reliance on a paper proof feels a bit like asking for a fa and has a bumber of people
If you fit the bill – have the letter and the younger children or none at all – and you are planning on summering in Malta, you’re in, as ever for an absolute treat. Our contactless and QR payments capabilities are available for you to spend and manage your budget in Malta safely. QR payments are free for both parties and are therefore a wonderful way of ensuring that the small businesses you will no doubt be supporting on your visit will get every last penny.
Things are changing all the time, for the most up-to-date information pop on over to this government page.
Happy holidays and stay safe!
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