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Family holidays in chaos due to Malta’s travel restrictions on unvaccinated children

 - International - Jul 7
Family holidays in chaos due to Malta’s travel restrictions for unvaccinated children

Many families from the UK had their holiday plans in Malta thrown out the window as the island requires arrivals aged 12 to 17 to be fully vaccinated. Youth aged 5 to 11 can travel if they are accompanying fully vaccinated guardians, provided they still show negative PCR test results, whereas children under five need not be tested. The UK is however currently not vaccinated under-18s, with advice in the country being that 16-to-18 year olds being offered a Pfizer jab if they are in a priority group or live with someone with weak immune system.

Several families criticised the regulations. Bookings for holidays, as well as several other activities for many families, had to be straight up cancelled due to the ban. The Maltese authorities state that the health restriction on this age group is due to the virus spreading faster within it. Health Minister Chris Fearne has also stated that around three out of four children who have received a vaccination appointment have already received one dose. 

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