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Malta’s Health Authorities have announced the end of PCR or rapid COVID-19 tests to enter Malta for those travelling without a valid vaccine certificate.

The new rule comes into force from 25th July, and marks the end – at least for now – of a major bureaucratic hurdle for those seeking to enter Malta without a vaccine certificate. Malta’s vaccine rules have come under fire for being stricter than the rest of Europe, with the primary dose leaving individuals three months with a valid certificate until they have to get boosted. For the rest of Europe, the primary dose of the vaccine (two doses or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson) is valid for a period of nine months.

In a statement released by the health department however, authorities said that on the basis of direction set by the EU, the requirement of a PCR or rapid test to enter Malta for those without a valid vaccine certificate has been scrapped.

In line with an increase in daily COVID figures currently being experienced by Malta and the rest of Europe, those over 60 and the immuno-suppressed are being invited to take their second booster dose.

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