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EU: Malta’s Travel Ban Could Be Discriminatory

The European Union has expressed concerns that the ban on unvaccinated travelers who wish to enter Malta could be discriminatory.

Maltese authorities earlier announced that they would restrict unvaccinated travelers from the UK due to the increased number of COVID-19 infections, reports.

Besides the rule applicable to travelers in the UK, the Mata government has stressed that all passengers wishing to enter the province must show a recognized COVID-19 vaccination document, while children aged 5-11 accompanying their parents must present a negative result. For a PCR test. Furthermore, the government has made it clear that unaccompanied children will not be allowed to enter the country.

However, this decision has been criticized by some countries. In addition, the Travel and Tourism Industry Forum, the World Travel and Tourism Council, has called on governments around the world not to close the doors to non-vaccinated travelers.

In this regard, a spokesman for the European Commissioner Christian Wigand stressed that any travel restrictions due to the Corona virus should be “proportionate and non-discriminatory”.

“We have concerns that these measures could discriminate against those people who have not been fully vaccinated,” Wiegand noted.

He also stressed that EU countries could take measures to protect public health, but the Commission asked the Maltese authorities to explain their measures imposed to stop the virus.

On July 1, the European Union Commission decided to launch a digital COVID certificate to facilitate the travel process for people who have had a vaccine against the virus.

However, at the time, the EU Commission stressed that the document “would not be a prerequisite for freedom of movement, a fundamental right of the EU”.

In this regard, German Chancellor Angela Merkel previously raised the hopes of unvaccinated travelers that they could soon be allowed to visit European countries. The comments came after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier confirmed that Europeans may be able to travel this summer if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decline.

Currently, Malta welcomes many tourists from EU member states and the UK after easing entry restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. However, travelers must prove that they have received a vaccination against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from the disease.

And figures published by the European statistics provider Eurostat, earlier, revealed that Malta, along with Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Greece, were the countries most affected in Europe by the Corona virus.

Malta has so far recorded a total of 31,061 cases of COVID-19 and 420 deaths, according to figures published by the World Health Organization.

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