British travelers arriving in Italy are no longer required to take two tests and undergo a mandatory five-day quarantine, as the country ends quarantine restrictions on Britons who have been fully vaccinated and can submit a negative pre-arrival test.
According to a statement from the Italian Ministry of Health, the change will take effect from August 31 and will apply to those who have received COVID vaccine shots and can submit a PCR or antigen test within the past 48 hours before arriving in Italy, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Italian authorities imposed a mandatory quarantine on the British in June, due to the high rates of infection with the delta type of the Corona virus discovered in the United Kingdom. This requirement was extended for another month in July, for the same reasons as the previous month.
Italian health authorities have announced that “those who have remained in or transited through the United Kingdom of Great Britain in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, are required to undergo health monitoring and self-isolation for a period of five days”.
However, in the following days, after extending the rules for another 30 days, the country recognized the NHS COVID Pass, a COVID-19 vaccination passport issued by British authorities, which allows holders to travel through the European Union exempt from quarantine requirements, such as the equivalent European COVID-19 vaccination passport.
Italy has successfully contacted the DCC of the European Union and started issuing Green Pass, its version of the COVID vaccination passport to all of its citizens who have been fully vaccinated, recovered from coronavirus or have recently tested positive for the virus. Released in digital and paper format, the document was created in an effort to facilitate safe travel across the European Union amid the pandemic.
Moreover, only the vaccines recognized by the Italian health authorities are those authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as the following list indicates:
Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech from BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH Spikevax, formerly Moderna from Moderna Biotech Spain, SL Vaxzvria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Ab Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen – Cilag International NV
Currently, a full vaccination document is a must for those in the European Union wishing to travel, and pursuant to this request, VisaGuide. The scientist has created a tool dedicated to indicating whether a vaccine has been approved in a particular country, in an effort to facilitate travel to ongoing epidemics.
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According to the epidemiological situation in Italy, the country has reported 43 deaths and 7,215 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to data from the World Health Organization. Since the pandemic began, Italy has seen 128,957 people lose their lives due to COVID-19 and 4,509,611 people have fallen ill.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that 79.8% of the population in Italy had received their first COVID vaccine while 69.2% were fully immunized.