The Government has confirmed Malta will not allow entry to British travellers who’ve had one or more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India.
Malta is the first country to ban visitors who’ve had the vaccine, but there are fears others may follow suit, as the batches made by the Serum Institute of India has not yet been authorised by the European Medicines Agency.
As Travel Gossip reported earlier, there is no suggestion the vaccine is inferior, it’s just that the manufacturer has not yet applied for EU authorisation.
The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office updated its advice on Friday afternoon to say: “Entry will not be allowed if the vaccine batch on your certificate is from one of the following: 4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003.”
Since 30 June, Malta has required arrivals from the UK over the age of 11 present proof of full vaccination.
Up to 5m Brits are understood to have received doses from three batches of the vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
Travellers can see the number of the batch they received by checking their NHS COVID Pass.
TUI and easyJet holidays began warning their customers yesterday that those who had received vaccines manufactured in India would be banned from Malta.