Saturday, September 18, 2021

Malta Now Recognises COVID-19 Vaccination Passports of Egypt & Lebanon

The Maltese authorities have announced that since yesterday, September 6, the COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued by Egypt and Lebanon are recognised as valid proof of immunity against the Coronavirus disease.

“The Health and Tourism Authorities notify that as from today, September 6, 2021, Malta will officially recognise the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate of Egypt and the Lebanon COVID-19 vaccination record card,” the statement of Malta’s official travel portal, VisitMalta, reads.

Nonetheless, it has been highlighted that the vaccination certificates issued by the two countries are valid only if the holder has completed the vaccination process using one of the vaccines that have been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and if 14 days have passed since the last dose was received, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

As such, this means that the vaccination pass of those arriving in Malta from Egypt and Lebanon is considered valid only if it indicates that the holder has been vaccinated with one of the jabs listed below:

  • AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

According to the Ministry of Health of Malta, vaccination certificates that prove that the holder has been immunised with two different doses of an EMA-approved vaccine are also recognised as long as they follow the required time frame between the first and the second dose.

Travellers who plan on visiting Malta or any other country amid the COVID-19 pandemic are advised to check this tool developed by VisaGuide.World that allows checking whether a vaccine a traveller has been immunised with is accepted as valid proof of immunity.

Except for recognising vaccination certificates issued in Egypt and Lebanon as well as the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate issued by the EU Member States, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Vatican City, the following certificates are also recognised in Malta:

  • Digital COVID Certificate of Albania
  • Australian COVID-19 Certificate verified through Express Plus App
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate of Qatar; issued by the Ministry of Public Health
  • Vaccination Certificate of United Arab Emirates; issued by Dubai Health Authorities
  • Vaccination Certificate of Gibraltar, Jersey, and Guernsey
  • Digital Green Certificate of Serbia
  • Vaccination Certificate of Turkey
  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card of the United States
  • United Kingdom’s NHS Vaccination Certificate

Previously, the National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malta announced that the number of the country’s residents who travelled abroad during the first half of 2021 had decreased by 50.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2020.

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