MALTA is the latest country to be placed on the UK quarantine list, along with France and the Netherlands.
Brits have been welcomed back to Malta since July 15, although rising coronavirus cases have resulted in the country being removed from the UK’s air bridge list.
Malta, while having just 1,245 cases, saw 94 new cases on August 3, the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic.
On July 23, Malta had just six active cases – this is now at 528.
Using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), countries which go above 20 new infections per 100,000 population are watched by the government and if they don’t improve, are deemed unsafe for travel.
Malta’s has leapt to 74.8 in recent days, having seen climbing cases since last month.
Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Malta.
Is Malta on the quarantine list?
The UK government announced that Malta has been removed from the UK’s “safe” travel list.
From 4am tomorrow, anyone returning from Malta will be forced to quarantine for two weeks back in the UK.
Anyone caught breaking the self-isolation period will face fines up to £1,000.
Non-essential travel has also been advised against, ruining any holiday plans to Malta this summer.
What should I do if I am on holiday in Malta?
The UK government has urged British holidaymakers not to change their plans and rush back.
The current advice from the UK Foreign Office states: “The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Malta to leave at this time.”
“You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
“Contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”
However, from tomorrow, you will have to self-isolate for two weeks back in the UK.
What if I have a holiday booked to Malta?
EasyJet Holidays is the only tour operator to cancel all package holidays to Malta until the end of August, with others yet to follow suit.
Where government advice is against travel, package trips are not expected to run, which means you should get a full cash refund under package travel rules.
But as seen with Spain, some package providers are continuing to run trips leaving customers wrangling for a refund.
If airlines do not cancel your flights then you may be able to move the dates instead, without paying for the change fee.
Where flights to and from France and the UK are cancelled, you’re entitled to an alternative flight or a full cash refund under EU laws.
EasyJet and Ryanair have waived their change fee in light of recent travel restrictions enforced at the last minute.
For hotel bookings, contact your booking provider to check what cancellation policy it has in place – but you will be relying on its goodwill as technically it can still provide the service you’ve paid for.
France and the Netherlands have also joined Malta on the UK quarantine list, following Spain and Belgium.
Thousands of British tourists are attempting to return to the UK before the self-isolation restrictions are enforced tomorrow.