Malta reverses course and reopens to Americans
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Editor’s note: This story was updated on July 27, 2021 with new information regarding Verifly. It was originally published on July 20.
As of Monday, July 19, vaccinated Americans can now travel to the country of Malta, with the assurance that their CDC-issued vaccination card will be accepted without issue, the Malta Tourism Authority announced yesterday.
The news comes amid confusion among travelers hoping to get to Europe this summer, concerned about whether their CDC white card will be compliant in Europe, where the EU Digital COVID Certificate is not yet available to Americans.
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Although Malta became the first European Union country to require proof of vaccination for travelers age 13 and up on July 14, the country only accepted COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by the Maltese government, the U.K.’s National Health Service or the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
“As of Monday, July 19, 2021, Malta will recognize the United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with an EMA-approved vaccine (full course and 14 days post last dose) as a valid vaccination certificate,” the Malta Tourism agency announced on Monday.
Starting Aug. 1, American travelers will need to verify their CDC card through the VeriFLY app by uploading vaccine information and other required travel documentation to activate their “Trip to Malta” pass.
Vaccines currently accepted by the Maltese superintendent of public health are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
As of July 1, travel from the U.S. remains limited to 38 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. If you are from the following U.S. states, you are not eligible to travel to Malta right now: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming
Unvaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the country but must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, per the Maltese government.
Malta had reported more than 32,000 cases of COVID-19 as of July 19. Although the CDC’s advisory remains at its lowest level, the U.S. Department of State is urging travelers to reconsider travel to the country due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
Featured photo provided by Malta Tourism
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