Starting this Friday, Malta will ask those planning to travel to the country from Madrid, Barcelona and Girona to submit a negative PCR carried out in the past 72 hours, according to the Malta Independent newspaper.
The measure, which will come into force on August 21 at midnight, will also apply to travelers from Romania and Bulgaria who were included as part of their efforts to get the first “Amber” list issued by the Maltese authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19 .
Those passengers who do not get a negative result when boarding the plane to Malta could be tested on arrival in the country or quarantined once on Maltese soil, the newspaper said.
The amber list published by the Maltese authorities will be included in the Red List of countries from which travel to the archipelago is prohibited, as well as in the Green List of countries with no travel restrictions. The government intends to update them as the situation evolves.
According to health officials, Malta had recorded 1,423 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, with 766 patients recovered and nine deaths, although no new deaths have occurred since May 29.