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The Maltese authorities have announced today that they will only accept a paper version of the NHS proof of vaccination from UK arrivals but they will recognise the EU digital certificate.
Joining Angela Merkel’s “EU coordinated approach” to fight the Delta variant, the Maltese Government issued a new rule requiring all UK arrivals to present proof of vaccination in order to visit the island quarantine-free.
This means that despite being the country on the green list, Britons that haven’t been fully vaccinated yet will have to quarantine on their arrival to Malta at their own expense.
The Maltese Government said the decision had been taken due to the “situation of variant cases reported in the United Kingdom”.
The new measure will take place the same day Malta will officially enter the green list, on June 30.
However, Malta has announced that Britons will have to bring paper proof to show evidence of full vaccination.
The NHS app will not be officially recognised.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “From June 30, 2021, the Maltese authorities have announced that they will require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination.
“Only the paper version of the NHS Covid letter will be accepted.”
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“Children aged five to 11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents or legal guardian and must show evidence of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival.
“Under-fives do not need a test.”
The Malta Tourism Authority in the UK confirmed: “Only the paper version of the NHS Covid letter will be accepted which can be requested online or by calling 119.
“The vaccination certificate will be not accepted in digital or downloaded PDF form.
“It must be the printed version issued directly from the NHS.”
Rory Boland, from Which? Travel, took to social media to comment on the matter saying the decision is “very disappointing”.
“Very disappointing that Malta isn’t going to accept the NHS app as proof of vaccination status.
“Presumably because they don’t have the tech available to do so.
“Physical letters are more time consuming to obtain, easier to lose and likely to lead to longer queues at the border.”
However, the country said it will accept the EU vaccine passport.
From July 1, people who hold an EU COVID-19 Vaccination certificate can enter Malta without restrictions.
“As of July 1, Malta will also recognise the EU Digital COVID Certificate,” a spokesperson said.
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