Holidays: Malta requires Britons from parts of the UK to submit negative covid test

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Malta is known for being a popular winter sun destination. The archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the north African coast maintains warm weather in the winter months, making it an ideal spot for half term holiday. At this time of year, the temperature is still around 20C, dropping to around 15C to 18C in December, January and February.

But for Britons hoping to catch some winter sun in Malta this year, you may have to submit a negative coronavirus PCR test before boarding a flight depending on which part of the UK you’re from.

The latest FCDO advice reads: “As of midnight on Friday 23 October passengers travelling from Belfast, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle are required to submit a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before boarding flights to Malta.

“The test should be dated no more than 72 hours before arrival.

“Passengers who do not present this certificate can be asked to give a swab on arrival at Malta International Airport or be asked to self-quarantine in Malta upon arrival.

“You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country.

“You should arrange to take a private test.”

If arriving from elsewhere in the UK, travellers will not be required to self-isolate.

However, there will be temperature checks and random testing in place.

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The UK is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases which has led numerous countries to put restrictions in place on arrivals from Britain.

Some countries like Germany and Malta are putting rules in place for those from certain regions of the UK.

While others have blanket rules in place for the whole of the UK.

Malta is not currently on the UK travel corridor list after it was removed earlier this year.

The country is recording 198.2 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, which is well above the UK’s threshold of 20.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to Malta.

The nation has recorded just over 5,000 cases of coronavirus and 49 deaths, at the time of writing.

This is well below other neighbouring destinations such as Italy.

Yesterday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the Canary Islands, Maldives, Denmark and the Greek islands of Mykonos will be added to the travel corridor list this weekend.

Travellers will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK from the four locations from Sunday morning.

The only negative announcement was the removal of Liechtenstein from the ‘safe’ list.

The Balearic Islands are also not yet on the travel corridor list.

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