France’s Paris and Marseille regions have officially been added to Malta’s COVID-19 amber travel list, after the latest revisions to the list were made public on Thursday.
These regions join Romania, the Czech Republic and Tunisia, along with the regions of Madrid, Barcelona and Girona in Spain, which make up the rest of the list.
Travellers coming to Malta from these countries must present a negative swab test taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Malta.
Those travellers that fail to present a negative swab result will either be swabbed at the Malta International Airport as soon as they arrive, or else be put into mandatory quarantine.
This amber list is the barrier between the green list of countries, where travel is completely unrestricted, and the red list of countries, where travel is completely banned for the time being.
France has suffered from a massive resurgence in cases over the last month, even reporting 8,975 new cases on September 4 alone.
In total, France currently has 224,783 active cases as of September 10, with a staggering 30,794 deaths related to the virus.
The revised amber travel list will come into effect on Friday September 11 at midnight.
Last week, the amber list was reduced to just four countries, after Bulgaria was removed from the list after stabilising their infection rate relatively well.
However, with the addition of Paris and Marseille, there are now five countries in the list once again.