‘So hard line’: Malta holidays require over 12s to have two vaccines and tests for 5 – 11s

Simon Calder discusses regulations for travelling to Malta

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Simon Calder has declared Malta holidays “for the bold and the desperate”. Travel expert Simon Calder appeared on This Morning today to advise Britons contemplating travelling to Malta.

He said: “All I can say is that what Malta is stipulating is so hard line that I’m hopeful that they will back down pretty soon.

“They are also saying that anybody who is under 18, well you can only get in with vaccinated parents if you are under 12 and even then five to 11-year-olds will need to have a PCR test.

“So that’s for the bold and desperate.

“Many of us are dreaming of an escape but one reason I’m here in lovely Edinburgh on my holidays is because Scotland is a lot easier to navigate around than anywhere abroad.”

He went on: “There needs to be some kind of international agreement about the proof that’s going to get you into countries.

“Meanwhile if you haven’t been jabbed the summer is looking bleak.”

What are the entry requirements for Malta?

The UK Government advises: “Until 30 June 2021, everyone aged five and above travelling to Malta from the UK must show evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, dated within 72 hours before arrival.

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“You must also show a physical copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test at check-in to fly to Malta, and after you land.”

It added: “Children aged 12 to 18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination.”

You will need the NHS Pass letter to enter the country.”

The Government advise went on: “From 30 June 2021, the Maltese authorities have announced that they will require all arrivals from the United Kingdom to present proof of full vaccination.

“Only the NHS COVID Pass letter will be accepted, not the digital app version, nor a printout of the digital app.”

To get your NHS Covid Pass letter go to the NHS website.

You can apply for a letter if you’ve had you’ve had 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you had your vaccination in England and you’re aged 16 or over.

So, it seems if children between 12 and 16 have had their vaccinations they may still be unable to get the proof needed to travel to Scotland.

You can apply for the letter two weeks after your second jab.

In other travel news, Express readers responded to Spain holidays quarantine rules.

The Prime Minister mandated UK arrivals provide evidence of being full vaccinated or a negative PCR test to enter Spain amid growing concerns over the Delta variant spreading in the UK.

Express.co.uk readers have voiced their anger amid the announcements.

Many have vowed not to return to the European country.

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