Monday, May 31, 2021

Italy Extends Entry Ban for Travellers From India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka Until June 21

Italy has extended the entry ban for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka until mid-June as a preventive measure due to Coronavirus’ newest variant in the territories of these three countries.

According to a spokesman for the Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, the ban set to expire on May 30, has now been prolonged until June 21. The ban was first introduced in late April as the infection cases of Coronavirus in these countries increased, reports.

The B.1.617 variant of the Coronavirus was first detected in India last year and has caused the devastating COVID-19 wave in the South Asian nations in recent weeks.

The regional director of WHO for Europe, Hans Kluge, said the increased contagiousness of the new COVID-19 variants, such as the one in India, was one of his main worries. This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the variant has officially expanded to 53 territories.

“We know, for example, that the B.1617 (India-dominant variant) is more transmissible than the B.117 (British variant), which already was more transmissible than the previous strain,” Director Kluge said.

Recently Italy has relaxed entry restrictions for numerous countries, including the United Kingdom, travellers from where are allowed to enter the country by only providing a negative COVID-19 test result. Travellers from Israel are allowed to enter Italy quarantine free, as well, as a part of the newest rules effective since May 16.

On the other hand, Italy remains on the UK’s orange list of destinations, to which Brits are not advised to travel to while passengers reaching the UK from Italy must undergo self-isolation for ten days upon their arrival.

Recently, Italy announced its plans to grant health passes even for people who have received only the first shot of authorized COVID vaccines. The green pass will be effective 15 days after the traveller gets the first shot and until they receive the second one.

Fully vaccinated travellers’ green passes are effective for nine months after the traveller has received the second dose of vaccine, which is six months more than it currently allows and three months less than the Italian authorities originally proposed.

It will take five to six weeks for people vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna to get both doses and ten to 12 weeks for AstraZeneca vaccinated travellers. People administered with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be eligible for the nine-month pass as soon as they’ve had their shot.

According to Worldometers’ data, Italy currently has 238,296 active cases, 126,046 deaths, and 3,851,661 have recovered from the disease.

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