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Travelling to and from Malta during COVID-19: the updates
We don’t know about you, but Santa Maria week is hitting us a little different this year. Usually associated with long-awaited days off, extended Gozo weekends or quick trips overseas, this time we must be a little more cautious.
In order to shine some clarifying light on all that is going on around us at the moment, we’ve decided to try and make your lives a little easier.
Travelling to and from Malta in the near future? Here’s the latest:
At the time of writing this article, there are 486 active cases on the island (Islands, really, including Gozo), following a spike since mid-July.
1. testing before coming to malta
Yesterday, Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that passengers arriving from countries and cities considered to be high-risk COVID-19 areas, will have to present a certificate stating that they tested negative for the virus in the last 48 hours.
Those that do not present a certificate would have to undergo a swab test in Malta. The good news is that the new swab test is able to produce results within 2 hours, rather than the standard 6. On the flip side though, If they refuse, they would then be placed in quarantine.
As it stands, the countries and cities affected by this measure have not been announced.
2. mandatory swaBBING
It’s all well and good to point out that the Maltese government will likely be introducing mandatory swabbing. However, we also thought it best to mention the countries that require visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
3. mandatory quarantine
As of late, a few countries, which are listed below, have opted to enforce a mandatory 2-week quarantine for people travelling from Malta.
4. demoted to the orange list
The green, yellow, orange, red and black lists that you’ve undoubtedly heard a thousand times this month alone, vary from country to country. In addition, they’re subject to change often and without very little warning. Malta has most recently been placed on The Netherlands orange list. In essence, this means that the Dutch government has advised anyone returning from Malta to self-quarantine for 14 days. Naturally, they are also advising against any non-essential travel.
5. demoted to the red list
Countries added or rather, demoted, to a country’s ‘Red List’ means the country in question is attempting to crack down on any travel to countries they deem ‘unsafe’, due to resurgence of coronavirus cases.
6. demoted to the black list
Being on a country’s ‘Black List’ often means that no-travel rules are in place, until otherwise stated. Many countries have their own standards set up, to determine which countries they deem it safe to travel from. In the case of Lithuania, any country with an infection rate of between 16 and 25 (per 100,000) are allowed to travel to the country, but must self-isolate.
7. off the safe list
Being on a country’s ‘Safe List’ generally implies that the country is safe to travel to and returning from there means you don’t have to spend 2 weeks in quarantine, staring at the four walls. Being kicked off the ‘Safe List’ means different things for different countries. However, it usually means that travel to the area is discouraged, though swabbing and quarantine may be in the cards, too.