COVID-19 Testing Is Now Obligatory For Locals Travelling To Sicily


Sicily has officially made COVID-19 testing mandatory for people arriving from Malta, as region president Nello Musumeci declared on Wednesday.


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According to the statement published by Regione Sicilia, anyone who arrives in Sicily from Malta or has been in Malta in the last 14 days, must undergo COVID-19 testing to be allowed into the region.



The regional government had already placed the same restrictions on travellers from Spain and Portugal through a regional ordinance, and on India, Brazil, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.


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Prior to this, the presentation of a valid vaccine certificate had been sufficient for travel to Sicily from Malta. However, new daily cases of COVID-19 have kept climbing, with travel restrictions tightening to allow only vaccinated passengers to enter the Islands quarantine-free.



On Thursday morning, Italian news cooperative ANSA reported that 9 people returning from Malta tested positive for the virus after being subject to testing at Abbruzzo airport. All 70 passengers on the flight were then put into mandatory quarantine.

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