Countries tighten entry restrictions for British holidaymakers

By Linsey McNeill
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Turkey has reintroduced mandatory COVID tests for British tourists while Malta has performed a U-turn on its decision to allow fully-vaccinated tourists test-free access from today.

Turkey now requires all UK arrivals from the age of six to present a negative PCR test and Malta requires negative PCR tests from everyone from the age of five.

In addition, Malta says the result of the test must be presented in physical form.

Malta had said earlier that it planned to waive COVID tests for fully-vaccinated British holidaymakers from 1 June, but in an update on the Government website it says all arrivals from amber countries – which includes the UK – must still provide negative tests or have a swab taken on arrival.

Only vaccinated Maltese nationals are to be allowed test-free access to the Mediterranean island from today.

Also, Malta says masks will remain mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. However, tourists are now allowed to remove masks on beaches, although they are advised to keep them on.

From 7 June, up to six people will be able to sit at a table together in Malta, an increase from four, but bars and nightclubs remains closed and boat parties are banned.

Malta is on the UK amber list, meaning tourists must self-isolate at home for up to 10 days when they return. Turkey is on the UK red list, which means returning holidaymakers must pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in a hotel when they return.

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