The Prime Minister of Italy has announced a plan to reopen for American tourists by the middle of May without the need for quarantine. Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi stated the country plans to introduce a pass that will allow both EU and non EU Nationals to visit Italy.
“Let us not wait until mid-June for the EU pass,” Draghi said. “In mid-May tourists can have the Italian pass … so the time has come to book your holidays in Italy,” he added.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi told the summit that “as long as you can show that you have been vaccinated or you test negative or you have immunity, then you’ll be welcome to come to Italy.”
The Telegraph reported that a government source said that the Italian health ministry would “soon formally announce that Italy’s five-day quarantine rule would be scrapped for visitors who can show that they are negative, vaccinated or immune.”
The ‘Italian Pass’ Set To Be Announced
The Prime Minster referred to the ‘Italian Pass’ at the G20 summit as a means to simplify entry requirements into Italy and reopen the country for tourism.
Forbes reported that the pass will allow vaccinated travelers, those who have recovered from Covid-19 and travelers who test negative to enter Italy.
The move by the Italian Prime Minister is a major shift from the strict lockdowns the country has been under for the last few months. Many areas such as Rome are still under curfews and movement restrictions are currently in place in several regions including Puglia, Sicily, Aosta Valley, and Sardinia.
With case numbers now falling, the government hopes to attract tourists over the summer with the new Italian Pass.
While the European Union announced they would introduce a health pass by the middle of June, the Italian President is set on rolling out their own Green Pass by the middle of this month.
Prime Minister Draghi said at the summit that “The world longs to travel here and our mountains, our beaches, our cities and our countryside are reopening. This process will begin to speed up in the coming weeks and months.”
Prior to the pandemic, Italy received over 64 million tourists in 2019 which made up 13% of its entire economy.
With no standardized international travel pass, each country is scrambling to set up their own rules and vaccine passports. While many countries have made it easier for vaccinated travelers, nations as of late have been adding entry exceptions for those who have recovered or test negative for Covid-19 before arrival.
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