Italian authorities have announced that the country will now recognize COVID-19 certificates issued by five countries outside the European Union.
Such a decision was announced by the latest decree issued by the Ministry of Health on July 29, TheSchengen.com reports.
As such, based on the new regulations, vaccination certificates, negative COVID-19 test results and recovery certificates issued by the following third countries will be widely recognized in Italy:
United States Canada Israel Japan United Kingdom
In addition, the same announced that the new rules would also apply to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British military bases in Cyprus.
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Thus, this means that arrivals from the United States, Canada, Israel and Japan will no longer be subject to Italy’s quarantine requirements as travelers from these regions can now use certificates issued by their country’s authorities to avoid such a requirement.
However, this rule does not apply to people coming from the UK, although Italy has decided to recognize their health cards.
Travelers arriving from the UK are subject to a five-day quarantine requirement upon entering Italy, regardless of their vaccination status. It was announced that this requirement would remain in effect until August 30.
The ministry indicated that “those who stayed in or transited through the United Kingdom of Great Britain in the 14 days before entering Italy, are required to undergo health monitoring and self-isolation for a period of five days.”
Furthermore, with the exception of quarantine requirements, UK holidaymakers are required to submit a pre-departure coronavirus test result obtained within 48 hours before arriving in Italy, as well as undergo a second COVID-19 test at the end of the self-isolation period.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Italy had decided to make the COVID-19 health passport mandatory for all non-vaccinated people, including those traveling from abroad. This means that from August 6, all people over the age of 12 must present a health permit in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services such as cinemas, exhibitions, parties, festivals, sporting events, etc.
In addition, it was revealed that from September, Italy plans to make the green corridor mandatory for travel by train, plane or for those taking long-distance buses.
With the exception of Italy, another 16 European countries have decided to make health permits mandatory for access to public places.
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