UK tourists may be allowed into Malta as soon as July 15.
In gazing wistfully at the potential border reopenings of other countries, we’ve already seen the likes of Greece, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, and France announce the dates when they’ll welcome back tourists (although not necessarily those from the UK just yet). Now, in a continued quest to catch a bit of sun this summer, we’re turning out attention to the sun-soaked isle of Malta, which will reopen its borders to some international tourists on July 1.
Note the “some” there, as only tourists from seventeen countries – the likes of Germany, Denmark, Israel, Hungary, and the Czech Republic – will be allowed in on that date. European countries hit harder by the coronavirus outbreak, including Spain, Italy, and the UK, will need to wait a little longer, with all restrictions on flights into the country lifting on July 15. That’s the date for your diaries, although it’s important to note that the UK Foreign Office is still advising against all but essential travel at the moment, so any potential holiday may have to wait a while longer.
Once you do get there, though, Malta is an absolute gem. The historic streets of Valletta are made for lazy afternoon wanders, and day trips to the gorgeous Blue Grotto and charmingly incongruous Popeye Village should keep you entertained. The island’s rich and varied history will satisfy those looking for a cultural fix, and for the rest of us, there are always the beaches…
Of course, with soaring temperatures set to make London hotter than Barcelona next week, perhaps you won’t miss the Mediterranean too much?
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