Over the past 10 days, the number of cases of coronavirus infection in the country has increased 5 times. Now only those vaccinated with vaccines approved by the local regulator will be allowed to enter Malta.
From July 14, entry to Malta will be allowed only for people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus. This was stated by the country's Health minister Chris Fern, the Times of Malta reports.
All arriving travelers will have to present a certificate of vaccination with a drug approved by the local regulator.
Thus, Malta became the first European state to close its borders to the unvaccinated in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The new rules also apply to local residents who are going to travel abroad. вЂњThe rules are the same as for countries from the red zone: people without a vaccination certificate cannot travel there without permission for any reason. Unvaccinated people must have a permit from the public health department to enter or leave the country, вЂњ Fern explained.
Unvaccinated Maltese citizens who are currently abroad and plan to return after the new restrictions come into force will be required to undergo quarantine upon return.
Children who accompany their parents on trips to Malta will have to present fresh negative results of a PCR test for coronavirus. Unaccompanied minors will not be allowed into the country.
Malta has gone to tighten the rules of entry after the increase in the number of coronavirus infections вЂ” over the past ten days, this figure has increased fivefold. On Friday, 96 new cases were recorded, seven of them were for the delta variant (the so-called вЂњIndian strainвЂќ). At the same time, only three of the 252 COVID-19 patients in Malta were hospitalized.
According to the publication, the vaccination rate of the population in Malta is 79% of the adult population вЂ” more than 346 thousand people. This is one of the highest rates in the European Union.
According to Fern, most infections are associated with trips abroad, especially with English language schools. In this regard, language schools in the country were closed. 90% of the cases are people who have not been vaccinated.