Italy travel rule changes: What British tourists need to know – can you visit Italy?
Italy has imposed new rules on British travellers just in time for the summer holiday season, thanks to the prevalance of the Delta strain across the UK. Italy has now introduced a mandatory quarantine for visitors from the UK, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday, as concerns grow over increasing cases of a highly contagious coronavirus variant.
At the same time, Italy is lifting curbs on travellers from the United States, Canada, Japan and other European Union states if they had a COVID-19 green pass, the minister wrote on Facebook.
The news comes as England has postponed its proposed ‘Freedom Day’ originally on June 21, to July 19, following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
A number of European countries have placed restrictions on UK travellers taking holidays on the continent.
Italy is currently on the UK’s amber travel list, meaning a mandatory at home quarantine is required upon returning.
This week, several airlines began to cancel flights between the two countries.
According to reports, Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways are cancelling flights on multiple UK-Italy routes often with just a couple of weeks’ notice.
Can I still travel to Italy?
Travel to Italy is permitted, but there are a number of roadblocks you need to get through if you are determined enough for a trip to the Meditteranean country this summer.
Flying between the UK and Italy is far from easy right now, due to a number of cancelled flights and now two quarantine periods required – but it is not impossible.
The country is on the amber list, and there have not been any signs it will be moved down the green list anytime soon, given that more countries were moved to the amber list during the last round of changes.
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