Switzerland has become the 14th country to force arrivals from Malta to undergo a period of quarantine.
As of Thursday August 20, arrivals from Malta will have to go into quarantine for ten days, and also report their arrival to the authority that is responsible for that canton within two days.
The Swiss authorities have made it clear that anyone that fails to comply with these requirements will be committing a legal offence, and so could be punished by a fine that could reach CHF10,000 (€9,279).
This follows the move of plenty of other countries in naming Malta in their quarantine lists, with the most notable being that of Cyprus, with the country banning any arrivals from Malta outright as of Thursday August 20.
Plenty of countries have also imposed a measure that requires people coming from Malta to produce evidence of a negative swab test.
On Monday, Malta introduced an amber list of countries, where arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 swab test before boarding the plane on their way to Malta.
The countries that have been placed on the initial amber list are Bulgaria, Romania, and certain regions in Spain, with this list coming into effect on Friday August 21.
Those passengers who fail to present such certification will either be asked to take a swab test at the Malta International Airport, or else to pass a period of self-quarantine as they arrive in Malta.
As of August 18’s results, Malta has 648 active cases of COVID-19, with a recent resurgence in cases coming after several mass gatherings were allowed and the airport was opened up without any swab tests required.
Since then, plenty of measures have been put into place apart from the new amber list, including a ban on mass gatherings and a restriction on gatherings, allowing a maximum of 15 people to be together in public.