Blue Lagoon, photo-illustration: Shutterstock / Yuliya Halianiuk
Malta will ban the entry of all unvaccinated visitors into the country from Wednesday, Health Minister Chris Fern announced.
A negative virus test will no longer be enough to cross the border of this small Mediterranean island.
“We will be the first country in the European Union to make that decision, but we must protect our society,” Fern told a news conference today. He spoke later that on Monday in Malta twice as many people were infected every day since Monday than the day before.
So far, tourists have been able to enter Malta if they have been completely vaccinated or can pass a negative PCR test. The only exception is British tourists, who have already had to be completely vaccinated due to the prevalence of the delta variant in their country. “Certificates are only valid for those who have been completely vaccinated”
Fern said the recent increase in new cases occurred among visitors who, although they tested negative before boarding the plane, were not vaccinated. Most are young people attending English schools. These schools will have to close on Wednesday.