Italian citizens who want to enjoy some summer heat as the European continent enters cooler seasons will be able to travel to six warmer third countries without having to follow self-isolation rules when they arrive or return to the country, the Italian health ministry announced.
Based on information disclosed by the same ministry, Italians will be able to travel to Aruba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles without undergoing quarantine requirements, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to Reuters, all people traveling from Italy to one of the above countries are required to have a green card, which is the Italian equivalent of the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate. Thus, Italian travelers need to keep valid proof that they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the COVID-19 disease.
In addition, it was noted that before departure, all passengers must submit a negative result of the coronavirus test, which was taken at least 48 hours before the scheduled flight.
Regarding the process of returning to Italy after staying in one of the above mentioned travel destinations, Italians will be required to submit the results of another test taken within 48 hours before boarding the plane if they want to avoid quarantine once they enter Italy.
The Italian green corridor has become mandatory for all people who wish to be allowed access to certain activities and services since August 6. Hence, entry to restaurants, bars, theatres, cinemas, galleries, museums, sporting events, private parties, trade fairs, festivals, gyms and swimming pools is restricted to those with a valid vaccination and recovery certificate or to those who present a negative test result obtained recently.
In addition, since September 1, the Italian Green Passage has also become mandatory for all those who wish to attend any form of public transport, such as ferries, buses and planes, among others, in order to prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases and protect public health .
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Italy is one of the best destinations in Europe for short-term travel. According to the results of a European Travel Council (ETC) survey, 8.9 percent of respondents said they plan to visit Italy.
Moreover, Italy recorded a significant increase in flight and hotel reservations from April to July. The majority of travelers who decided to visit Italy came mainly from Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, England, Spain and Austria.