The small island nation in the Mediterranean announced this week that their doors will be opened to vaccinated tourists from June 2021. Travelers who have had both doses of a COVID-19 Vaccine, regardless of the brand, will be allowed to visit Malta from the first of June. According to the Maltese Tourism Authority, vaccinated passengers will need to show their vaccination card before boarding flights.
Malta’s minister for tourism and consumer protection set new goals
Clayton Bartolo, Malta’s minister for tourism and consumer protection, said: “The health and safety of Maltese citizens and tourists will always be our top priority, and, with the continued rollout of the vaccine here in Malta, this focused reopening plan is designed to slowly and safely reopen tourism.”
From the first of June Malta will have 18 airlines actively flying to the small island, including Air Malta, which will make up to around 70% of the routes the island had pre-pandemic. Four of the airlines flying to the island will be completely new partnerships, while the tourism authorities are also in talks with another four operators.
“We will have 18 airlines coming to Malta this summer, with four of them being new operators. Airlines are the “lungs” of the tourism sector and they cannot be forgotten.” – Minister Bartolo announced.
In tandem with airplanes, cruise liners will also continue their service this summer, with no less than 34 port calls scheduled until the end of June.
It’s worth noting that Malta has managed to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner which was praised by the World Health Organisation, the EU and even the Commonwealth.
As of writing, this small island nation is one of the highest vaccinated summer destinations in Europe, with over 40 doses of the vaccine carried out per 100 population. The average numbers of daily infections are hitting all-time lows for 2021, with less than 100 daily cases.