Several Irish holidaymakers have been obliged to follow mandatory hotel quarantine rules after arriving in Malta as their HSE (Health Service Executive) vaccination certificates were not recognised as valid proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 disease.
Although Irish citizens were eligible to obtain an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate just in time for the first day of international travel reopening, July 19, many of them did not receive such a document.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Ireland would start issuing EU COVID-19 travel certificates from mid-July.
The Maltese authorities are currently keeping some of the strictest restrictions against other European countries, requiring all travellers to provide proof of complete vaccination to be able to skip the mandatory quarantine requirement.
As such, Irish travellers who were not holding an EU Digital COVID Certificate indicating that they have been fully vaccinated against the disease, have a negative COVID-19 test result, or have medical proof implying the previous recovery from the Coronavirus, were subject to mandatory hotel quarantine.
Nonetheless, travellers who were unwilling to undergo quarantine requirements in Malta could book a flight back to Ireland, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Based on the travel rules published by the Ministry of Health of Malta, Ireland is currently categorised as a red list country. This means that all arrivals from Ireland must fill in a Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator From as well as provide a valid vaccination certificate.
“The certificate should be recognised by the Superintendent of Public Health (age 12+) for a full course of vaccination with EMA approved vaccines (Comirnaty [Pfizer], Jannsen [Johnson & Johnson], Spikevax [Moderna], Vaxzevria [AstraZeneca]), that are authorised by the national regulatory authority of the administering country, with 14 days after the last dose,” the Ministry noted.
According to the same Ministry, Malta currently recognises the following vaccine certificates:
- The official vaccination certificate of Malta
- The EU Digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by EU, EEA, and third countries connected to the EU DCC gateway
- The United Kingdom COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
- The Turkish Vaccination Certificate
- The United States CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
- The Digital Green Certificate of Serbia provided that it has a readable QR code
- The vaccination certificates of Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey
Previously, the EU was highly concerned that the ban imposed by the Maltese authorities against unvaccinated travellers could be discriminatory after they announced that all unvaccinated travellers must provide a recognisable COVID-19 vaccination document, while children aged 5-11 were required to present a negative test result.