Many Irish vacationers had to follow mandatory hotel quarantine rules after arriving in Malta as HSE (Health Services Director) vaccination certificates were not recognized as valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Although Irish citizens were eligible for an EU COVID-19 digital certificate in time for the first day of reopening international travel, July 19, not many of them received such a document.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Ireland will start issuing EU COVID-19 travel certificates from mid-July.
The Maltese authorities currently maintain some strict restrictions against other European countries, requiring all travelers to provide proof of complete vaccination so they can bypass the mandatory quarantine requirements.
As such, Irish travelers who did not hold an EU digital COVID certificate indicating that they had been fully vaccinated against the disease, had a negative COVID-19 test result, or had medical evidence indicating a previous recovery from coronavirus, were Subject to mandatory hotel quarantine.
However, travelers who were not prepared to undergo the quarantine requirements in Malta can book a return flight to Ireland, TheSchengen.com reports.
Based on travel rules published by the Ministry of Health in Malta, Ireland is currently classified as a red list country. This means that all arrivals from Ireland must fill out a Public Health Travel Authorization and Passenger Locator from as well as present a valid vaccination certificate.
Certification must be recognized by the Superintendent of Public Health (over 12 years old) for a full course of immunization with EMA approved vaccines (Comirnaty). [Pfizer], Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]Spikevax [Moderna], faxivria [AstraZeneca]), authorized by the national regulatory authority of the administering country, 14 days after the last dose,” the ministry noted.
According to the same ministry, Malta currently recognizes the following vaccine certifications:
Malta’s official vaccination certificate The EU’s COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate issued by the EU, EEA and third countries connected to the EU DCC portal UK certificate of vaccination against COVID-19. The digital green certificate card for Serbia provided it contains a readable QR code Vaccination certificates for Gibraltar, Jersey and Guernsey
Previously, the European Union was very concerned that the ban imposed by the Maltese authorities on unvaccinated travelers might be discriminatory after they announced that all unvaccinated travelers must present a recognized vaccination document for COVID-19, while children aged between 5-11 Submit a negative report. test result.