Italy has become one of the first EU countries to take the European Union’s advice and increase travel restrictions on U.S tourists entering Italy.
The European Union made the controversial decision to advise EU nations to place restrictions on U.S travelers because of rising cases of the Delta variant after the EU removed the U.S from its safe list of countries.
In turn, Italy has been quick to enforce new restrictions on American visitors.
The New Entry Restrictions
- Any traveler that has entered the United States in the previous two weeks will need to present evidence of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arriving in Italy. That’s regardless of a travelers vaccination status.
- Any unvaccinated U.S travelers will have to quarantine for five days upon arrival and will have to take another test after five days even if their original test was negative. The U.S embassy states that PCR tests in Italy cost an average of $75 and antigen tests cost around $25.
- U.S travelers will have to fill out a passenger locator form, which enables contact tracers to find clusters of COVID-19 if a breakout happens.
In addition, the new Italian entry restrictions will also apply to travelers coming from Canada, Japan, and Isreal. The Italian government will enforce these restrictions until October 25th at the latest according to the government.
However, other EU member states haven’t announced any new restrictions on United States travelers. Although some nations, including Germany and Belgium, already had stricter entry requirements for U.S travelers before the EU’s announcement, following the rise in cases coming from the West.
Although most of the restrictions will apply to unvaccinated U.S travelers, vaccinated U.S travelers will still need to face tightened testing requirements.
- Children under the age of 6 won’t have to present evidence of a negative PCR test upon arrival, but they must comply with self-isolation restrictions if required
- People under the age of 18 are exempt from self-isolation if they are with an adult in possession of a COVID green pass
Some Western countries have dropped all COVID-19 restrictions, but Italy isn’t one of them. Travelers will need a digital green pass to enter many attractions, and these include the following:
- Public events
- Historical sites
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Gaming halls
Italy is allowing paper copies of proof of vaccine for foreigners who cannot obtain the EU’s Digital Green Pass for the time being.
Realistically, if you’re unvaccinated at the moment, Italy is definitely not the best destination to visit.
The COVID-19 Situation In Italy
Italy is currently going through a small wave of COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, but cases are starting to flatline.
The current 7-day average in Italy is 6,448 cases per day, and Italy has currently fully vaccinated around 60.8 percent of its entire population. The nation has given one vaccination dose to over 77 million citizens.
The New EU Recommendations For U.S Travelers
The European Union recommend on Monday that Americans should be banned from the EU member states due to rising COVID-19 cases. Nevertheless, almost all EU countries haven’t banned U.S tourists, but some have already added restrictions.
Cases in the United States have grown sharply in the previous two weeks. The EU’s safe travel list requires nations to have fewer than 75 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. The U.S has a far higher number than that.
However, many travel companies in Europe were disappointed at the news after U.S travelers started to come back to the EU this summer.
Although many U.S travelers will still come to Europe in the coming months, the new restrictions make it far more tricky.
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