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Italy restricts entry to its territory for the holiday season


Written by Eric Apim on Thursday, December 16th 2021 à 15:35 | Read 270 times



ITALY. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to tighten the conditions of entry to its territory in the run-up to the festive season.

From Thursday 16 December 2021, all vaccinated visitors will have to present, in addition to the vaccination certificate, a negative result of an antigen test less than 24 hours old or a PCR test less than 48 hours old. Until Wednesday 15 December 2021, the vaccination certificate alone was sufficient.

Non-vaccinated persons will be required to have a negative antigen test result less than 24 hours old or a PCR test less than 48 hours old. In addition, they will have to observe a five-day isolation period at an address that they will have to enter in a specific digital traceability form (or, in the event of technical difficulties, a paper form) to allow checks on compliance with this measure. Previously, a negative test was sufficient.

For travellers under the age of six or with a certificate of recovery, the presentation of the Italian certificate (Certificazione verde) or the French health pass will allow the crossing of the border.

These restrictions are currently in force until 31 January 2022.

Additional measures for certain regions

Some regions, such as Sicily, have taken more restrictive measures than at national level (photo: F.Dubessy)
Some regions, such as Sicily, have taken more restrictive measures than at national level (photo: F.Dubessy)
Children under the age of six, people coming for a stay of less than 120 hours for professional, health or absolute emergency reasons, and travellers in transit for less than 36 hours on Italian territory will be exempted from the test to enter Italy. This exception also applies to the staff of companies and institutions with their registered office or secondary office in Italy and travelling abroad for less than 120 hours for a proven professional reason; pupils and students following a study programme in a State other than their State of residence, dwelling or stay, to which they return every day or at least once a week; as well as transport crews.

On the other hand, some Italian regions are implementing additional measures until 31 December 2021. Sicily, being in a white zone, will force travellers from France, Greece, the Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the UK and the US to undergo a rapid test on arrival. The Puglia region requires online registration before departure. The Republic of San Marino is implementing the same formality by sending an email prior to arrival.

At the same time, in several Italian municipalities, the wearing of masks outdoors is compulsory in places where there are large numbers of people. These include Rome, Milan, Bergamo, Bologna, Padua, Turin (in the city centre) as well as the Campania region and some towns in Sicily.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Resource Center, Italy has recorded 5.25 million confirmed cases and 135,049 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic.



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