Malta is the first EU Country to Impose Ban on Visitors who have not been Vaccinated against COVID

Following a surge in new cases, Health Minister Chris Fearne has warned that Malta will close its borders to everyone who has not been completely vaccinated against Covid-19 on July 14. 

“Anyone traveling to Malta from Wednesday, July 14 must have a recognized vaccination certificate: a Maltese certificate, a British certificate, or a European Union certificate,” according to Fearne, effectively barring anyone who has not been vaccinated. 

He was speaking on Friday after the small Mediterranean island had seen a daily increase of new Covid-19 cases of a factor of two since Monday. 

Tourists were only allowed to visit Malta if they were completely vaccinated or had a negative PCR test. The lone exemption is British visitors, who were already required to be completely vaccinated due to the high frequency of the Delta strain in that country. 

Fearne claimed the recent increase in new cases was due to tourists who were unvaccinated despite having a negative test before boarding the plane. The vast majority of them were students of English language schools. On Wednesday, such schools will be compelled to close. 

Malta only recognized vaccination certificates produced by the European Union and the United Kingdom, according to the ministry. 

According to him, the EU’s so-called “green certificate” presently certifies persons who have been properly vaccinated, tested positive for the virus, or have recovered from it. 

Unvaccinated children between the ages of 5 and 12 will be allowed to enter Malta if they have a negative test and are accompanied by fully vaccinated parents. 

Malta has fully vaccinated 79 percent of its adult population and is aiming for an 85 percent vaccination rate. 

In June, Malta enjoyed several days with no new Covid-19 cases, but the number has surged dramatically this week, reaching 96 on Friday. The rate of positive tests has climbed to 1.18 per 100. 

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