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COVID-19: The Netherlands & Puglia put Malta on their quarantine lists
More countries are adding travel restrictions in light of the spike in cases.

Jillian Mallia

The Dutch government as well as Italy’s region of Puglia have both put the Maltese Islands on their quarantine lists with travellers having to self-isolate for a 14-day period upon returning from their holiday here.

Malta has been demoted to The Netherlands’ “orange list” of countries which advises against non-essential travel. “The number of COVID infections is increasing throughout Malta. That is why the colour of the travel advice has been changed from yellow (safety risks) to orange (only necessary trips,” the Dutch government noted.

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As of yesterday, Puglia is also requiring a quarantine period for travellers coming from Malta as more of their locals have been testing positive after holidaying here. Anyone entering the region as of today will have to follow the new rules, Puglia regional president Michele Emilian noted. Greece and Spain will also be subject to these measures.

According to Italian media, Puglia is likely to be the first of two regions to announced travel restrictions in relation to Malta, with the northern region of Emilia-Romagna issuing new travel orders today.

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12th August 2020


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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