Travelers from non-European countries will soon be able to enter Italy under the concessional rules as the latter’s authorities decided to abolish the pre-entry test requirement and ban non-essential travel.
This news was announced by the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, who said that from March 1, travelers from third countries will be subject to the same rules as travelers from the European Union, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From March 1 for arrivals from all non-European countries, the same rules will be in effect as already provided for European countries. Speranza wrote on his official Twitter account on February 22: One of the conditions for the green corridor will be sufficient for entry into Italy: a certificate of vaccination, or a certificate of recovery , or a negative test.
This means that third-country nationals will be able to enter Italy without being subject to additional entry rules as long as they hold a certificate of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result.
In addition, this statement indicates that the travel ban will also be removed, meaning that travelers from countries outside the European Union will be able to enter Italy for travel purposes without having to provide an underlying reason for their trip.
The Italian Ministry of Health did not disclose more detailed information about this change. However, based on the announcement by the Minister, it can be inferred that Italy will now apply rules based on the person’s status rather than the country of origin from which the individual is traveling.
Italy’s decision to relax travel rules for travelers from third countries follows the recommendation of the Council of the European Union. Yesterday, the council recommended that member states remove non-essential travel bans for third-country nationals who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 disease.
It was emphasized that the non-essential travel ban should be lifted on all travelers from third countries who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, provided that the last dose of the vaccine was received within the last 270 days.
In addition, the council recommended that member states also lift temporary restrictions on non-essential travel for all people who have recovered from COVID-19 disease within the 180 days prior to travel.
Apart from the aforementioned requirement, the council also adopted new rules regarding the issuance of redemption certificates. The Council announced that from February 22, all member states will be able to issue refund certificates based on a positive rapid antigen test result.