Italy will ban unvaccinated travelers from hotels and indoor venues in a bid to stop COVID-19 cases from rising nationwide as Europe prepares for a sharp rise in cases over Christmas.
Starting December 6, only citizens and tourists with proof of vaccination or travelers with proof of recovery from COVID-19 will be able to enter:
- Indoor restaurants
- Sporting events
- Ski lifts
Also, travelers won’t be able to use a negative COVID-19 test to enter venues, as previously allowed if they were unvaccinated.
The current rules in Italy—and various other EU nations—state travelers who provide proof of a negative test taken within the previous 48 hours can enter recreational venues. However, the introduction of Italy’s “super green pass” will prevent that.
The Italian Prime Minister said, “We want to be very careful and also to preserve what we have achieved this year, to preserve this normality,”
“Outside of Italy, the situation is very serious, while ours is steadily worsening,” he said.
The COVID-19 Situation In Italy
Cases are currently on the rise in Italy as the nation recorded 12,450 cases on November 24, a significant increase from the 7-day case average of 2,489 in mid-October.
Despite the rising cases, Italy has a high vaccination rate. The nation has fully vaccinated 73.3% of its entire population, with over 94.4 million doses given and 43.9 million people fully vaccinated.
Current Entry Requirements
Travelers can enter Italy without restrictions if they can produce full proof of vaccination. They’ll need to fill in a passenger locator form before they enter Italy and show this to the Italian Border Police upon arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers can still enter Italy, but they’ll need to fill in the passenger locator form and present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of entering Italy.
Then, travelers need to notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of their entry into Italy, travel to their destination via private transportation only and remain in self-isolation for 5 days.
The Growing Lockdowns In Italy
As cases begin to grow in Italy, the nation has put over 20 Italian towns into lockdown. Towns north of Bolzano are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and bars must close after 6 pm.
People must comply with a nighttime curfew from 8 pm to 5 am. Residents must also wear FFP2 face masks while using public transportation.
Growing Restrictions Throughout Europe
Europe is witnessing growing restrictions around the continent as a fourth wave threatens the European travel industry. The European Health agency has called for restrictions to prevent a bleak winter.
Austria entered a lockdown last week, and the nation fully suspended travel. All non-essential businesses had to close, including bars, restaurants, hotels, cultural events, and the nation’s Christmas markets.
Various other nations are contemplating entering full lockdown, including Germany, the Czech Republic, and Denmark. Slovakia entered a new lockdown today as COVID-19 cases surge. The Slovakian government expects the lockdown to last around two weeks.
Spain is considering closing hotels amid fears of rising cases in Europe. The news will affect all American and British travelers planning to visit Spain over the winter.
A source told Europa Press: “It is about giving more relevance to the hospital situation in the evolution of the pandemic.”
Spain may also introduce new restrictions on bars, cafes, and restaurants, including a 25 percent capacity and a maximum of six people per table. Spain is also considering closing all nightlife at 1 am nationwide and tightening mask rules.
Many travelers had hoped to visit Europe over the winter, but the previous two weeks have broken hopes for millions of travelers.
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