“It is the first country, but it will not be the last”, estimates a tourist host

From Wednesday July 14, vaccination will be mandatory to travel to Malta.

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“This is the first country [à rendre la vaccination obligatoire pour s’y rendre], but it’s not going to be the last “, estimates Friday July 9 on franceinfo Eric Tenain, tourist host in Malta, while the country announces to be the first country of the European Union to close its borders to unvaccinated travelers, from Wednesday July 14. Tourists will therefore have to present “a recognized vaccination certificate: a Maltese certificate, a British certificate or a European Union certificate”, specified the Minister of Health.

malt to “passed this crisis very well, with very few deaths in proportion to the population and a fairly fine management of the epidemic”, details Eric Tenain, adding that “the economic dimension is very important there”, with tourism which represents “about 25% of GDP”. “Those who have an interest in tourism are more to open the country, the others rather to close it”, he notes.

Established for six years in Malta, the host has “received a call for a cancellation” after this announcement and “fears that there are others”. “Malta is the champion, perhaps of the world, in the number of people fully vaccinated so in theory one shouldn’t worry about the number of cases”, he reassures himself.