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Malta ready to welcome travellers again

After being commended for its handling of the crisis, Malta is ready to welcome back tourists

The government of Malta won plaudits from around the world for the way in which it handled the Covid-19 pandemic. Airports were shut down to commercial flights on March 20, a decision that has been integral to protecting lives. Patricia Scotland, the commonwealth secretary-general, said that the Maltese authorities had “done the best in the whole of Europe” in dealing with the pandemic while Hans Kluge, regional director for the World Health Organisation, said Malta was an “example to follow”.

Now, after making those tough decisions, Malta is ready to welcome the world again. For the UK, that means resuming flights from 18 airports with carriers including Air Malta, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.

Climbing cliffs in Gozo is a popular activity

Travel agent training
The Malta Tourism Authority UK trade team has created a Reopening Course for travel agents wanting to reassure their clients on the new measures being put in place to protect tourists. The new course, which is available on malta-training.com includes eight modules covering arrival, the Certified Compliant concept, dining, accommodation, getting around and more.

Protocols
Safety continues to be a key focus for guests when they are on the Maltese Islands and a number of new protocols are being implemented to ensure they have a ‘Sunny and Safe’ time on holiday.

Experience on arrival
Arrivals at Malta International Airport will not need to take a swab test, however, there will be thermal screening and all passengers will be asked to complete a self-declaration form to share details about their travels over the previous 30 days. All passengers arriving or departing will have to wear a face mask or visor. This also applies to coach transfers to and from the aircraft.

Couple in Silema looking over to Valletta

Accommodation and dining
Accommodation providers and restaurants must comply with the protocols put in place by the Maltese government. These include maintaining social distancing of two metres, increased levels of hygiene and the wearing of masks or visors by staff. Before they open, the Malta Tourism Authority will inspect accommodation and award approved businesses with a Certified Compliant sticker. Audits will be carried out periodically to ensure that standards are still being met. No restaurant will be allowed to offer buffets or self-service counters.

Valletta

Experiencing Malta
The Maltese authorities have taken a number of steps to ensure that travellers can still enjoy the country’s culture, history, landmarks and scenery. There will be daily beach cleans while public amenities will be more frequently sanitised. On the beaches there will also be a two metre distance between sunbeds and umbrellas. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will also be put in place at beaches, swimming pools, shops, museums and attractions.

Caffe Cordina and National Library, Valletta

See malta-training.com for more information

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.