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Malta and Madeira travel updates

The green list destinations clarify their new entry requirements for UK travellers

Malta and Madeira have updated their entry requirements for British holidaymakers.

Non-vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine when visiting Madeira from June 30 when the country is moved onto the UK’s green watchlist.

The rules contrast with Portugal which announced that Brits will need to quarantine if they have not been double vaccinated.

Testing will not be required for double-jabbed tourists visiting Madeira or those who have recovered from Covid-19.

Non-vaccinated tourists will need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Alternatively, visitors can take a free PCR test at the airport on arrival or departure with results in six to 12 hours.

Curfew hours have been reduced to between 1am and 5am, and restaurants are allowed to open for dinner until midnight.

In a statement, the Madeira Regional Tourist Board said: “The Covid-19 situation in Madeira is under excellent control. There are no cases of the Delta variant currently. In the past month here has been a 73 per cent decrease in active cases and there are only 61 active cases – there are 18 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days as of June 27, which remains one of the lowest rates in Europe.

“Furthermore, more than one third of the population has been fully vaccinated and the tourism sector is soon going to complete its vaccination programme. In Porto Santo, Madeira’s sister island, 70 per cent of the population older than 16 are fully vaccinated, which means that the island has reached group immunisation.”

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Malta will be welcoming UK travellers from June 30 when it’s added to the UK’s green list.

Only fully vaccinated travellers can travel to Malta from the UK and they must have been jabbed more than 14 days before travel.

Accepted proof of vaccine includes the NHS Covid Pass vaccination certificate and digital Covid passes, including the NHS app or the vaccination certificate in digital or downloaded pdf form.

Children aged from five to 11 can travel to Malta if they are accompanied by vaccinated adults with proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours from arrival in Malta. Children under five are not required to get tested.

Anyone aged 12 and over will need proof of vaccination. A negative PCR test for over 12s will not be accepted from June 30.

Johann Buttigieg, chief executive officer at the Malta Tourism Authority said:  “Malta is a very popular destination for British holidaymakers and the people of Malta are looking forward to tourists returning who have loved our sunshine, culture, food and warm spirit year in year out.