Located about 50 miles south of Sicily in the Mediterranean, Malta is a small archipelago that boasts a Mediterranean climate with over 300 sunny days per year, a top-ranked healthcare system and some of the world’s best diving locations. And as of June 1st both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists will be welcomed back to the Maltese islands.
As of June, eighteen airlines, including Air Malta, are expected to fly to Malta this summer, making up some 70% of the routes the island had back in 2019. Four of these airlines are new, while tourism authorities are also in “advanced talks” with a further four airlines who are interested in opening up routes to Malta. In tandem with airplanes, cruise liners will also continue their service this summer, with no less than 34 port calls scheduled until the end of June.
“We will have 18 airlines coming to Malta this summer, with four of them being new operators. Airlines are the “lungs” of the tourism sector and they cannot be forgotten.” – Tourism and Consumer Protection Minister Clayton Bartolo announced.
The Maltese government is also in discussions with the European Commission in the hopes of allowing ‘green’ passports for those who are vaccinated, allowing them to travel within Malta without any restrictions.The plan, as outlined by Minister Bartolo, is that vaccinated tourists will be able to visit Malta free of restrictions by presenting a digital “green passport” on arrival, while non-vaccinated tourists will need to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken a few hours before their arrival. Of course given the fluid nature of travel, this could all change.
Malta has managed to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner which was praised by the World Health Organisation, the EU and even the Commonwealth. As of now, Malta is one of the highest vaccinated summer destinations in Europe, with over 40 doses of the vaccine carried out per 100 population. The average numbers of daily infections are hitting all-time lows for 2021, with less than 100 daily cases.
“All our decisions strive to find a balance and give priority to the health of Maltese citizens and the tourists who will come into our country”, according to Minister Bartolo .