Malta refuses to accept NHS app as proof of vaccination status for vacationers

Holidaymakers who booked a trip to Malta have seen their plans confused as the country does not accept the NHS app as evidence of vaccination. Starting Wednesday, travelers from the UK over the age of 12 will only be admitted to Malta if they have been vaccinated with both coronavirus vaccines. However, officials in the Central Mediterranean Islands announced on Monday that they would only accept printed letters sent by the NHS as evidence.

This means tourists planning to use the NHS app to show that their status is denied at UK airports and the Maltese border, even if they are fully vaccinated. ..

The UK Government website states that it is expected that it will take “up to 5 business days” for the letter to be delivered.

Some affected people sent a Twitter message to the British High Commissioner in Malta.

Mark Holland of HOB, East Sussex wrote: “I travel within 3 days and don’t have time to request a letter.”

Children aged 5 to 11 years can travel if accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or legal guardians and must show evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

No test is required for those under 5 years old.

The UK does not vaccinate under the age of 18, so the requirement to arrive in the UK for people aged 12 to 17 to be fully vaccinated is virtually a complete ban.

Katie Crookshank of London wrote to the High Commissioner: “There is a distraught 12-year-old girl who can’t be a bridesmaid in August.”

She continued. “Malta’s reputation as a family-friendly island has been undermined. Why can’t PCR be done?”

Cathy Ward, Malta’s High Commissioner for the United Kingdom, replied, “I’m very sorry to hear this.”

She added that Malta officials said, “Guidance on teenagers is due to the virus spreading most rapidly in this age group and is concerned about the spread of delta mutants.”

In Malta, the Balearic Islands of Spain, Madeira of Portugal, and many destinations in the Caribbean, the demand for vacations surged after the British government announced last week that it would move to the Green Travel List at 4 am on Wednesday.

With this change, people arriving in the UK from these locations no longer need to be quarantined at home for 10 days.

According to the price comparison site Travel Supermarket, Malta is ranked 5th after the announcement, from the 17th most popular country among package travel customers.

Neil Lancefield

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