Travelers from non-European countries can now enter Italy for travel purposes under the concessional rules as a pre-entry test requirement, and the non-essential travel ban has been lifted.
The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced last week the news of easing travel rules for nationals of third countries.
Speranza said that from March 1, travelers from non-EU countries will be subject to the same entry rules as travelers from EU countries when arriving in Italy, TheSchengen.com reports.
This means that travelers from countries outside the European Union can enter Italy without restrictions from today, provided they present a valid vaccination or refund certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza has signed a new decree that sets out, from March 1, the same rules for arrivals to Italy from all non-European countries as those already in place in European countries. To enter the national territory, one of the conditions for the green corridor will be sufficient: a certificate of vaccination, a certificate of recovery or a negative test result, according to the statement of the Ministry of Health.
Such a statement indicates that Italy will now apply entry rules based on a person’s status rather than the country of origin from which the individual is traveling.
Italian authorities have highlighted that, similar to travelers from the European Union, third-country nationals need to have a valid certificate upon entering Italy in order to be exempt from additional procedures.
Italy currently recognizes entry for all vaccination cards that prove that the holder has been fully vaccinated against the virus with one of the EMA-approved vaccines in the past nine months or has received a booster dose.
However, it has been emphasized that while in the country, the vaccination certificate is only valid for six months. This means that only travelers who have received their last dose within the past six months can access various activities and services in Italy. Those who received a booster dose are not subject to restrictions.
For certificates of return, the Italian authorities accept this type of document for entry as long as it proves that the holder has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 180 days.
The Italian authorities’ decision to relax their entry rules for travelers from countries outside the European Union follows the recommendation of the Council of the European Union. The council advised all EU member states to remove non-essential travel bans for all third-country nationals who have been cured or vaccinated against the virus.
In addition, the Council also adopted new rules on the issuance of redemption certificates. The council said member states can now issue refund certificates based on a positive rapid antigen test result.