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Malta requires proof of Covid vaccination for visitors

Arrivals will have to present a certificate issued by Malta, the EU or the UK.

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Malta is now requiring proof of vaccination from visitors in hopes of stemming the latest rise in coronavirus infections.

Starting on Wednesday, visitors to the Mediterranean island nation must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate recognised by Maltese health authorities, meaning certificates issued by Malta, the European Union or the United Kingdom.

The EU’s green passport certifies people who are vaccinated, have a negative PCR test result or have recovered from Covid-19, but Malta has decided to only recognise those who are fully vaccinated.

“Malta will be the first EU country taking this step,” said health minister Chris Fearne.

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Children aged five to 12 only need to present a negative PCR test, while those under five are exempt.

Malta, which has a population of just over half a million, had 46 active cases on July 1 but the number rose to 252 on Friday.

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The country has reported nearly 31,000 cases and 420 deaths in the pandemic.

The government says 90% of new cases are among unvaccinated people. Currently 79% of Maltese adults are fully vaccinated.

Mr Fearne said most of the new cases were linked to travel.

Several positive cases were also identified in English-language teaching schools, so the government ordered the closure of the schools from Wednesday.


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