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British families will have to leave unvaccinated teenagers at home if they want to visit Malta this summer, authorities have said.
Only adults who have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter Malta from the UK as of Thursday due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant, the health ministry said.
The new measures exclude Maltese nationals and residents as well as minors under 12 providing they are with vaccinated parents and have a negative swab test.
Meanwhile, children under the age of five do not need a Covid-19 test to enter the country.
Authorities in Malta are worried about the coronavirus Delta variant
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Malta has recorded just one case of the Delta variant – which was first identified in India – but fears the number will rise after Britain put it on the green list last week.
The new rule poses a dilemma for many British holidaymakers as most children aged between 12 and 17 in the UK have not had the jab.
As a result, many British families are reportedly postponing or cancelling their holidays to the Mediterranean hotspot.
Nathalie Richardson was hoping to travel to Malta with her family on July 2.
Teenagers who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to visit Malta this summer
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Her two children, Ella, 16, and Louis, 15, perform in the Malta Youth Orchestra and need to take part in rehearsals for a concert in the Maltese capital Valletta on July 17.
She said: "My husband and I are fully vaccinated and so is Ella, due to having asthma, but Louis is not allowed to be vaccinated in the UK due to his age.
"There needs to be clarity on the situation as we are faced with having to split as a family, with my son and husband staying in the UK while I'm with my daughter in Malta to fulfil her commitments to the orchestra."
After the UK government announced that Malta was on the country's green list, the Maltese authorities said that only tourists with a certificate for both vaccinations would be able "to enter Malta from the UK without the need for quarantine".
Malta has recorded just one case of the Delta variant
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In later statements, the reference to quarantine was omitted, clarifying that people "without vaccination will not be allowed to enter Malta".
Travellers must show a UK, EU or Maltese vaccine certificate and complete a passenger locator form.
Malta has fully vaccinated three-quarters of its adults and is about to start vaccinating those aged 12 to 18.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the country has been in low single figures almost every day since mid-May.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps
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Grant Shapps last Thursday confirmed the new travel green list – the countries Brits can travel to without having to quarantine on their return.
There are 16 countries and territories that were added to the list last week, including the Balearic Islands, Barbados, Madeira and Malta.
The Transport Secretary confirmed that later in the summer, UK residents who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will not have to isolate when travelling from amber list countries.
More details will be set out next month, he said.
But if a country is on the green list, it does not mean there are no restrictions at all, because holidaymakers also need to consider the measures in place in the place they visit.
Portugal has imposed a 14-day quarantine on British travellers
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Apart from Malta, also Portugal and Spain – which are currently on the amber list – have imposed further restrictions on British travellers.
Spain said from later this week British holidaymakers would need to prove they were fully vaccinated, or provide a negative PCR test on arrival if aged 12 or over.
Yesterday, Portugal threw family holidays into doubt by imposing a 14-day quarantine on UK arrivals who have not had both jabs – including children aged 12 and over.
Brits travelling to Germany are also currently required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Earlier this month, an exclusive Mirror poll revealed that the majority of Britons have given up hope of a foreign holiday this summer.
Three-quarters (75 per cent) said they were not planning an overseas trip this year, while less than a fifth – 18 per cent – said they were planning a foreign trip before 2022.