Malta holidays: Island opens for Britons today – some tourists could be paid to visit

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Malta is welcoming back tourists if they can provide a recent negative PCR test. The country is currently on the UK’s amber list for travel.

Tourists will be allowed to enter the country freely from today with their negative test.

Those who have been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days will also be allowed to enter.

Holidaymakers who have had the vaccination will not need a negative coronavirus test.

Until now, Malta has been open to tourists with stricter rules of entry in place.

It had categorised countries as green, amber or red with each group needing to pass different requirements.

It has also shared plans to accept vaccine passports in the future.

Malta has previously proposed plans to pay independent travellers up to €200 if they stay more than two nights on the island.

However, tourists would have to have already signed up for the hotel scheme earlier this year to get the benefits.

Malta’s tourism minister Clayton Bartolo stated: “The scheme is aimed at putting Malta’s hotels in a very competitive position as international tourism restarts.”

Can Britons travel to Malta?

While the island is allowing tourists to enter, there are restrictions on Britons travelling there.

Those in England must follow certain rules when travelling.

The Government put countries on a green, amber or red list and holidaymakers can only travel freely to those on the green list.

Gibraltar, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand are among the countries Britons are currently allowed to travel to.

Malta has been placed on the amber list since May 17.

While it is not illegal to travel to amber list countries, there are a number of requirements to follow.

Before returning to England, Britons must take a COVID-19 test and have a negative result.

They must also book and pay for day two and day eight Covd travel tests which will be taken on arrival in England.

Passenger locator forms must also be completed before returning to the UK.

After arriving back in England, holidaymakers must quarantine for 10 days and take a day two and day eight test.

The Government announced it will regularly review travel restrictions.

It is thought the next review could be made within days.

This could change the current guidance and more countries, including Malta, are expected to be added to the green list.

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