Italy Applies EU’s Recommendation – Imposes Strict Travel Restrictions on US Visitors

Italy imposed strict rules on American travelers, after the decision of the Council of the European Union to remove the United States from the list of countries that are epidemiologically safe.

Italy, as the first country to follow suit from the European Union, requires all US travelers and those who have stayed there in the past 14 days to submit a PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy and to complete a digital passenger locator regardless on their vaccination status, TheSchengen.com reports.

In addition, unvaccinated travelers must undergo a five-day quarantine requirement on arrival and take another test by the end of the self-isolation period. Children under the age of six are exempt from the test requirement.

According to US Embassy information, the costs of tests in Italy vary from $25 (€21.1) for antigen tests and $75 (€63.45) for PCR tests.

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However, the Italian authorities have imposed the same entry restrictions on travelers from Japan, Canada and Israel, as countries have seen a rise in coronavirus infections recently.

The official notice published on August 30 states that “Entry is permitted from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, regardless of nationality, for reasons of study only or to return to his personal place of residence and also in cases expressly authorized by the Ministry of Health.” .

For those coming from these countries, a test is required within 72 hours before arriving in the country, a test on arrival at the airport, a ten-day self-isolation and a test at the end of the quarantine period. The same applies to those coming from Brazil.

According to the World Health Organization, the United States has reported 632,983 cases of coronavirus during the past 24 hours, followed by Canada with 26,890 cases, Japan with 15,994, and Israel with 7,043 confirmed cases.

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With the exception of Italy, other countries with stricter restrictions on travelers to the US are Belgium and Germany, which put the restrictions ahead of the EU’s recommendation but not Croatia, which continues to allow US travelers into the country despite EU advice and the country’s rising infection rates. .

However, while the Italian authorities impose stricter measures on international travelers, the country is also obligating its passengers to provide green passage when boarding planes and traveling by ferry and buses, starting today, September 1.

The document is the equivalent of an EU digital COVID-19 certificate, which is issued to all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, were previously infected with coronavirus and have recently tested negative for the virus. In addition, the document was drawn up by the European Union in an effort to facilitate safe travel across the continent amid the pandemic.

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According to the epidemiological situation in Italy, the country has reported 53 deaths and 4,253 cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, as revealed by the World Health Organization. Since January 2020, 129,146 deaths from the coronavirus have been reported in Italy, and 4,534,499 people have fallen ill.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that Italy has vaccinated 69.2 percent of its entire population, while 79.8 percent have been vaccinated with at least the first injection.

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