This European Country is The Latest to Drop All COVID-19 Entry Restrictions

The archipelago joins a global list of nations not requiring international passengers to provide proof of vaccination or RT-PCR certification.

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Passengers travelling to Malta without a vaccine certificate or a recovery certificate will not need to present a negative PCR/Rapid Test prior to arrival. Photo by: krivinis / Shutterstock

Starting July 25, Malta will enable restriction-free entry for all inbound passengers. According to Schengen Visa’s official website, the country will no longer require international travellers to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon arrival.

“As from July 25, 2022, people travelling to Malta without a vaccine certificate or a recovery certificate do not need to present a negative PCR/Rapid Test before arriving in Malta,” reads a statement of Visit Malta, the official travel portal of the European nation.

In the meantime, all travellers over the age of 12, regardless of their country of origin, will be required to present valid COVID-19 proof until the rule comes into effect later this month.

The plan has been greenlighted despite a surge in COVID-19 infection cases throughout the European continent with Malta recording 3,769 new cases in the last seven days.

Malta is set to join the majority of the European Union/Schengen Area countries that have reversed travel restrictions, which include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

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  • Pooja Naik is Senior Sub-Editor at National Geographic Traveller India. She likes to take long leisurely walks with both hands in her pocket; channeling her inner Gil Pender at Marine Drive since Paris is a continent away.

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