Malta is set to welcome back tourists to the island starting June 2021 whilst also launching a €20 million worth aid incentive package to aid a ‘bruised’ industry. Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo outlined the plan on 30th March 2021, stating how the recovery scheme will seek to improve the sector due to its heavy impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan will allow vaccinated tourists to visit the island free of restrictions. They will have to provided a digital ‘green passport’, whereas unvaccinated tourists will still be able to submit negative PCR COVID-19 tests taken hours before travelling. The UK has been highlighted as one of the country’s most important source markets, being also a country with a high vaccination rate. Bartolo said that while global tourism collapsed, ‘Malta made sure it worked more than ever to ensure connectivity remains a priority.’