Malta has officially been added to the United States’ ‘very high risk’ travel list, alongside many other countries amid fears over the rapid spread of the pesky COVID Delta variant.
This news comes from the US Centres Disease Control and Prevention, which added a total of 16 countries to its red list. The CDC urged, ‘Avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel’.
Meanwhile, all air passengers travelling to the US, including citizens must have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery before boarding a flight into the country.
Any US-issued COVID-19 vaccination cards started being recognised locally in July, with digital verification beginning on Sunday. Those who travel without such a certificate must now quarantine for 14 days at a government-chosen hotel at a cost of €1,400.
However, those with residences in Malta may choose to quarantine at home if the Superintend of Public Health grants them permission.
More recently, the European Centre for Disease and Control (ECDC) also placed Malta on its red list. This comes after cases spiked in July.