Malta reverses its decision on the AstraZeneca ban – Brits who have had their India vaccinations will be able to travel.
MALTA has changed its travel rules to allow Britons who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, regardless of where it was created, to enter the country. What are the most recent travel regulations?
Malta has indicated that British citizens will be allowed to enter the country regardless of where their Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines were manufactured. The U-turn came when Secretary of State for Transportation Grant Shapps lambasted the country for refusing travelers who had been inoculated with Serum Institute-made shots.
Mr Shapps stated today on Twitter that Malta will accept Britons who have received doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in India.
“The Maltese authorities have amended their travel advice so that anyone who has an OXFORD AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK (regardless of manufacture location) can travel without being turned away – with all vaccines having gone through rigorous safety and quality checks,” said the transport secretary.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has amended its vaccination guidance for British citizens.
“If you live in England, Malta will accept the NHS COVID Pass (both the digital app and the letter version) as proof of vaccination status,” it says.
“Malta will accept your NHS COVID Pass letter as proof of COVID-19 vaccination status if you live in Wales.
“Malta will accept your NHS letter as proof of COVID-19 immunization status if you live in Scotland.
“If you live in Northern Ireland, Malta will accept interim vaccination verification documents valid until 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2021.”
“Only certificates demonstrating that the vaccine used was approved by the European Medicines Agency, including Comirnaty (the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine), Spikevax (the Moderna vaccine), Vaxzevria (the AstraZeneca vaccine), and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, will be accepted,” the travel authority continues. In the United Kingdom, these vaccines have been licensed for use.”
NHS appointment cards, on the other hand, will not be recognised as proof of vaccination status.
“Those coming with vaccinations that have not been approved by the EMA will be compelled to quarantine for 14 days,” the FCDO warns.
Mr Shapps had previously chastised the Maltese authorities after a UK couple was refused away from a TUI aircraft after being injected with an AstraZeneca vaccine made by an Indian firm.
Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, from Hull, were left “gutted” when the airline went out of business. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”