Malta holidays: FCO issues new travel advice update as it expands testing prior to arrival

Malta was removed from the UK’s travel corridor list earlier this month after recording a spike in coronavirus cases. The FCO are currently advising against all but essential travel to Malta. “This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” they said.

Anyone returning to the UK from Malta are now asked to isolate for 14 days on their arrival.

However, those arriving from the UK, will not be required to self-isolate when they arrive in Malta.

But travellers should expect temperature checks and random testing when they arrive in the country.

Anyone arriving in Malta must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form (PLF).

The forms are available on the Malta Airport website, or you can enquire with your airline when flying to the country.

The FCO updated their advice today on entry requirements.

“As of midnight Friday August 28 the list of countries required to test prior to arrival has been expanded,” the FCO said.

They added: “The current list can be found on the Maltese Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ website The Maltese Government will regularly review the list of countries for which prior testing will be required.

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Any passengers arriving in Malta with a high temperature will be asked to undergo a swab test.

Currently, Malta’s cases per 100,000 people are above 20.

This is above the UK’s threshold for countries to remain on the quarantine list.

Malta’s case rate over a seven-day period is currently 56.5 cases per 100,000 people.

The country has had 1,820 cases of coronavirus, at the time of writing.

It has only recorded 10 deaths.

Today, the country recorded 32 new cases of coronavirus.

Malta is recording roughly 30-50 new cases each day which is dramatically lower than most European countries.

Around 500,000 Britons visit Malta every year.

Yesterday, the Department for Transport revealed which countries would be removed from its travel corridor list.

Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic were all removed while Cuba was added the list.

The decision on whether to add or remove a country is carefully made after research from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and how many cases it has per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

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