Italy has decided to remove quarantine restrictions on US and Canadian travelers in a bid to bring North American travelers back to Italy this summer.
In the Facebook post, Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza stated that Italy would allow entry from EU member countries, the U.S, Canada, and Japan if they meet the Green Certificate requirements.
However, in a blow to the British travel industry, Italy has placed a mandatory 5-day quarantine on all UK arrivals due to rising cases of the Delta variant. In addition, a complete travel ban on arrivals from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India will remain.
The Restrictions Up Until Now
Up until June 19th, Americans and Canadians were only able to enter Italy on COVID-tested flights. For example, Air Canada has been offering these flights to Rome from Toronto and Montreal for the past month. But, unfortunately, these flights were few and far between.
In May 2021, Italy also approved these COVID-tested flights on Delta Airlines from Atlanta and New York, flying directly to Rome and Milan. If travelers came on these flights, they didn’t have to quarantine in Italy.
Instead, they would enable travelers to fill out a passenger locator form, present a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival, and take a rapid test before boarding the flight. Finally, the travelers would take a final test on arrival in Italy. If all the results on the three tests are negative, then travelers don’t need to self-isolate.
If any US or Canadian travelers come on non-COVID-tested flights – regardless of being fully vaccinated – they would have to undergo mandatory self-isolation.
The Entry Requirements From June 19th
However, today’s news means that US and Canadian travelers can now enter Italy from June 19th on any flights and they won’t have to quarantine on arrival.
With that said, travelers from the US and Canada will still need to bring a certificate showing vaccination proof or a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arriving in Italy.
The COVID-19 Situation In Italy
As Italy prepares to open up to the world, COVID-19 numbers have dramatically decreased since the third wave in March. Although the country has recorded over 4.25 million cases and 127,253 deaths since February 2020, the country has COVID-19 rates down to an average of just over 1306 cases per day.
Therefore, Italy is among one of the safest places to visit this summer due to low COVID-19 rates and high vaccination levels. Italy has given over 43 million vaccine doses, and if you assume that everyone needs two doses – they have fully vaccinated 37.3% of their entire population so far.
The Current Restrictions In Italy
Italy is still in a state of emergency due to the prevalence – albeit decreasing prevalence – of the COVID-19 virus. The country has just emerged from a two-month lockdown after the third wave in March, but the nation was one of the first European nations to reopen its borders in early June.
The Italian government removed the ban on non-essential travel around the nation on April 26th, meaning travelers are free to move around and explore this wonderful nation.
However, all travelers must wear masks at all times, including all outside areas. Furthermore, if the area is in a red, yellow, or orange zone, there is a curfew between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am.
If you visit a yellow zone, bars and restaurants remain open throughout the day, but you can only eat outside (it’s the summer, so that’s all good!) However, in orange zones and red zones restaurants and shops are closed and people can only leave the house for essential things. Travelers will want to avoid these areas at all costs.
However, reports suggest that by next week the vast majority of Italy will have dropped its COVID-19 restrictions and will have moved most of the country into the low restriction white zone. That means that travelers will have a feeling of normality, with standard mask-wearing and social distancing measures in place for the time being.
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