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