Malta launches its official COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
On its first day officially open for tourism, Malta started its official issuing of COVID-19 certificates, downloadable from an online portal for residents.
Prime Minister Robert Abela and Health Minister Chris Fearne made the announcement yesterday afternoon.
For individuals who have been vaccinated, the certificate will also allow the country to reopen some social activities.
The certificate will allow persons who have been fully vaccinated to remove their mask in public if they are accompanying someone who has also been fully vaccinated.
When the EU's common vaccine certificate system is implemented, Malta's system, according to Abela, will become a part of it.
Travellers to Malta will be denied boarding unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a vaccination certificate.
The rules went into effect a few days ago and will be effective on June 1st. They also apply to Maltese and Maltese residents returning to Malta. The regulations do not apply to children under the age of five.
Malta is officially the country with the highest vaccination rate in the world, and is currently registering minimal numbers for new active cases, whilst keeping its active COVID-19 cases to double digits.