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Malta will reopen its borders to travellers in July

The country’s government says it will welcome visitors from 18 countries from July 1 – then ‘everyone else’ two weeks later

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With their distinctive brightly painted blue balconies, the cobbled streets of Maltese capital Valletta look dashing at any time of year. But few sensations beat traipsing round its unusual historic centre in high summer, traditional lemon and almond ice cream in hand.

Sound pretty far-fetched right now? Well, it turns out you could actually be jetting off to the Mediterranean island within the next few weeks. The country is the latest of many to announce it will be reopening its borders to visitors from July 1.

Not everyone will be allowed into Malta right away, however. Only residents of the the following 17 countries will be admitted: Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. Travellers from the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia will also be able to travel to the country.

Maltese airports are due to reopen on the same day – when commercial flights to and from all those countries will resume. There will be no quarantine for these travellers, but anyone not on that ‘safe list’ will still be subject to a 14-day self-isolation period.

However, the country’s tourism ministry said in a press release that it would announce more flight destinations ‘once clearance from the health authorities is received’. And it later added a note on its website saying that all restrictions on flights into the country would be lifted on July 15 – meaning all travellers should be allowed in from that date.

First it was Portugal, then Italy, then Greece. Now Malta is reopening for business. How will we decide where to bliss out by the beach – and neck the ice creams – this summer?

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

When will you be able to travel again? Here’s what we know so far. 

Where can you go on holiday right now? These are all the countries that have already reopened their borders.

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