Beginning July 25, Malta will no longer require travellers entering the country to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. Since countries began opening back up to tourists, Malta’s entry rules had been some of the strictest in the area, at one point requiring proof of vaccination for entry. This news also means that unvaccinated travellers will no longer be required to quarantine once in the country. Tourism is one of the top five contributors to Malta’s economy, with more than 25% of nationals employed in the industry. The potential for a resurgence in tourism is no doubt a relief to a country so dependent on that industry.
Malta has a unique history in that it was the first European country to encounter Christianity when the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked on the coast. It is the most religious European nation with a majority of the population regularly attending mass, however, only 1% of the people would claim to be evangelical Christians. This deeply religious country needs the truth of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Please pray that with the increase in travel comes an increase in missionaries to Malta.