Non-vaccinated arrivals have to undergo mandatory quarantine in hotel and pay €1,400
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As announced last week, from today, Wednesday, new regulations came into effect against the spread of the pandemic and as detailed in three Legal Amendments in the Public Health Act.
In one of these, the Superintendent for Public Health, Charmaine Gauci, ordered travel amendments that arrivals who do not present a vaccination certificate have to spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine. This exempts children under 12 years old and those who for a medical reason could not be vaccinated and thus could not present a certificate but presented a Malta negative swab test or foreign test that had been carried out with 72 hours of their travel. Also exempt from quarantine are those who have to present a Malta or foreign negative vaccination certificate and who were overseas and expected to return after the new measures were announced on Friday.
The Authorities are accepting those with a valid vaccination certificate from the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the EU. The accepted vaccination is one that has been approved by the EU Authority for Medicines, that is, Moderna, Pfizer, Astrazeneca or Johnson and Johnson. So far the Authority has not approved Astrazeneca vaccines manufactured in India and Malta is observing the Authority’s decisions and arrivals with the Astrazeneca vaccination but manufactured in India will have to undergo quarantine.
A British couple were prevented from boarding a flight to Malta because of their Indian-manufactured Astrazeneca vaccinations. The couple from Hull said they tried to catch a flight from Manchester but were prevented from doing so. The British media reported their disappointment as they wanted to come to Malta to visit their son who they have not seen for a year. It is understood that throughout the UK there are about five million persons who have been vaccinated by Indian-manufactured Astrazeneca.
The Malta Tourism Authority said that arrivals without a vaccination certificate will have to undergo mandatory quarantine in an hotel and will have to pay €1,400 for a night in a room during the quarantine period.
Meanwhile, another Legal Notice that came into force today regards the closure of English Language Schools. Yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Dr Chris Fearne, said that over recent days positive infected persons were found in 16 different language schools.