The Malta Independent 14 July 2020, Tuesday

No quarantine for Brits travelling to Italy, Greece and Spain; no mention of Malta so far

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 15:41 Last update: about 16 days ago

British nationals will soon be able to holiday in France, Italy and Spain without the need to quarantine on their return, but there is so far no word on whether Malta will be on the UK list of safe corridors.

UK nationals will be able to travel to several European destinations from 6 July.

They are thought to include Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and Norway - but not Portugal or Sweden, the BBC reports.

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Malta will resume flights to a select number of destinations on 1 July and to all destinations on 15 July.

Maltese returning from these countries will not have to quarantine for 14 days, but it could be a different story for foreign tourists going back to their home countries as they will have to follow rules set by their own governments.

The UK, together with Italy, is one of Malta’s main tourism markets.

The UK is ranking countries according to their risk level. UK nationals travelling to countries that will be on the ‘green’ list will not be required to quarantine on their return.

According to The Telegraph, the first batch of air corridors will include France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany. The second group is expected to include Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands.

According to other reports, however, the most popular Mediterranean destinations will also be included. This could mean that Malta will also be included on the list.

Tourism operators who spoke to this newspaper said they were concerned by the fact that Malta is not being mentioned among the countries that will be on the green list. If Britons will be required to quarantine on their return from Malta, the island will not be an appealing holiday destination they said.

Questions have been sent to the tourism ministry.

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