The rise of any disproportionate measures in light of the recent emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant will have an immediate and long-term effect on the Malta International Airport’s (MIA) traffic performance, an MIA spokesperson told The Malta Independent on Sunday.
The spokesperson stated that such measures would not only affect the festive season but have far-reaching consequences on spring and summer 2022. While not yet arriving in Malta, the Omicron variant has spread in small numbers to various countries around the world. Concern over the Omicron variant paired with the potent presence of the Delta variant in Europe has governments have been forced to consider the possibility of new measures and restrictions for pandemic-exhausted citizens.
In Malta, the only restriction that has been introduced is a temporary travel ban on travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe. In the UK, amongst other measures, all international arrivals will have to receive a COVID-19 test before their departure as of Tuesday December 7, also being required to provide evidence of negative lateral flow or PCR test at a maximum of 48 hours before.