Malta to let only vaccinated visitors

Malta is to become the first nation to let only visitors with proof of vaccination, news wires reported. Starting on Wednesday, those arriving in Malta must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate recognised by health authorities, i.e. issued by Malta, the EU or the UK. “Malta will be the first EU country taking this step,” Health Minister Chris Fearne said.

While the EU’s green passport scheme certifies people who are fully vaccinated, but also those who receive a negative PCR test result or have recovered from Covid-19, Malta has decided to only recognise those who are fully vaccinated in hopes of stemming a recent rise in confirmed coronavirus cases. Children ages 5-12 will only need to present proof of a negative PCR test, while those under 5 are exempt from all documentation requirements.

Malta, which has a population of just over half a million, had 46 active cases on July 1 and 252 active cases as of Friday. The country has reported nearly 31,000 cases and 420 deaths in the pandemic. The Maltese government says 90% of the new COVID-19 cases are among unvaccinated people. Currently, 79% of Maltese adults have been fully vaccinated.

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