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Mandatory testing for people arriving in Sicily from Malta

Planning on visiting Sicily this summer? The island of Sicily has made PCR COVID-19 testing mandatory for people arriving from Malta, said the region president Nello Musumeci yesterday.

According to the statement published by Regione Sicilia, any person who arrives in Sicily from Malta, or who has been in Malta in the last 14 days, must undergo testing to be allowed in the region. Sicily had already placed the same restrictions on those travelling from Portugal and Spain through a regional ordinance and on India, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Bangladesh, as required by the National government.

As you may have previously read, the presentation of a valid vaccination certificate was enough to travel from Malta to Sicily. However, COVID-19 cases have risen in Malta as of late. The Maltese health authorities have also tightened restrictions related to tourists, first making an accepted vaccination certificate mandatory for entry and later amending the legal notice to unvaccinated travellers having to undergo mandatory two-week quarantine in designated hotels, at their own expense.

What do you think of the restriction?