14 August 2020 06:32
Malta has been removed from the UK's quarantine-free green list after a surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision will come into effect as of 4am Saturday 15 August 2020. Those returning to the UK from Malta will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Late Thursday night travel advice was issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which warned against all but essential travel. The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to #Malta based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
If you're returning to the UK from Malta, you may need to self-isolate on your return. More info: pic.twitter.com/KVxJDfPXwV — FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) August 13, 2020 France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Turks and Caicos Island and Aruba were also removed from the list. So far 11 countries have imposed restrictions to passengers arriving from Malta. This includes Italy which now required those arriving back from the island to be tested for COVID-19. READ ALSO: On Thursday 55 new cases of COVID-19 were registered; the highest number of cases Malta has ever registered in a single day. Previously Health Minister Chris Fearne maintained that the situation was still under control because bulk testing was being carried out. He highlighted that Malta has one of the highest rates of testing in Europe. He also announced that passengers arriving from countries and or cities considered to be high-risk COVID-19 areas will have to present a certificate stating that in the last 48 hours they tested negative for the virus. Fearne said that those that did not present a certificate would have to undergo a swab test and that if they refused they would be placed in quarantine. READ MORE: Malta to start testing some passengers arriving from high-risk countries