Malta is a prime candidate to be on the UK’s green travel list set to be announced on 3rd June.
The UK Independent reports that Malta is one of several locations that could be included on the list – along with the Balearic Islands of Spain and the Greek islands of Kos, Rhodes, Santorini and Zante.
Until now there are just a dozen countries on the low-risk register, which allows returning travellers to skip out on quarantine.
Malta kickstarted its tourism industry today, launching a wealth of schemes designed to attract tourists to the islands. The UK is Malta’s biggest import for tourism and being placed on the green list will be a positive sign for recovery in the industry.
While the list will be announced on 3rd June, the changes will take effect on 10th June.
Today, Malta launched new regulations for incoming tourists, requiring them to provide either a vaccine certificate or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the island. Meanwhile, the government has also launched a vaccine certificate for Maltese residents.
Malta had already missed out on making it to the United Kingdom’s ‘green list’ for safe travel last May, despite initial reports indicating as such.
The government has announced several schemes to attract tourists to Malta, including a €3.5 million fund to encourage foreign tourists to stay at a three, four or five-star hotel.
Under the scheme, the government will pay tourists €100 if they stay at a five-star hotel, €75 if they stay at a four-star hotel, and €50 if they stay at a three-star hotel.
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