Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Italy to Allow Britons Enter the Country With Only a Negative COVID-19 Test Result

Italy’s authorities have announced that travellers from the UK, the EU/Schengen countries, and Israel will be allowed to enter the country with only a negative COVID-19 test result.

Consequently, travellers from these countries will no longer be required to quarantine when entering Italy.

The new measures that include more relaxed border restrictions became effective on May 16, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The decision was taken after considering the fast distribution of the vaccines throughout Europe as well as the UK’s plan to resume travel activities from May 17.

However, travellers from the UK should keep in mind that Italy is currently on the UK’s orange list, which means that they are required to stay self-isolated for ten days when they return back.

“We have been waiting for this move for a long time, and it anticipates a Europe-wide travel pass,” Italy’s Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia said.

Furthermore, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, said that the country is prepared more than ever to welcome tourists.

Italy also plans to allow travellers from the United States, Canada, and Japan to enter the country without being subject to any entry restrictions provided that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19, as the country aims to attract more tourists during this summer to help the travel and tourism sector find a way out of the current financial crisis.

In relation to this, Draghi said that it is possible for the country to ease some of its restrictions and allow more persons from overseas to visit Italy.

Except for Italy, Portugal has also opened its borders for tourists from the EU Member States, the UK, and some other non-EU and Schengen Area countries, including Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Likewise, France has announced that the country plans to open the borders for all EU, UK, and US vaccinated citizens and those who have tested negative against the COVID-19.

In order to allow more tourists to visit different European destinations during the summer, the EU Commission disclosed a proposal to the Member States, asking them to gradually start and reopen their borders for citizens of third countries too, who have been vaccinated with one of the European Medicines Agency’s vaccines.

Therefore, as of June, the European Union plans to launch the EU COVID-19 Certificate in order to help and reopen travel activities between the Member States.

Previously, Italy banned entry to all arrivals from India as the latter has registered large amounts of COVID-19 cases.



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