Although the end of the year holiday approaches, and more people plan to take a trip abroad, the US State Department has advised all Americans to refrain from taking any non-essential trips to Italy.
In line with the recent update to the list of countries to which US citizens are discouraged from traveling, the US State Department has issued “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advice for Italy.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Tier 4 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19, which indicates a very high level of COVID-19 in the country,” he said.
This advice, the highest advisory level, was issued to Italy yesterday, Dec. 13, as the latter identified high rates of COVID-19 infection, SchegenVisaInfo.com reports.
Based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Italy has reported 116,435 new cases over the past seven days. Moreover, during the same period, Italy reported 636 new deaths.
Thus, to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, all US citizens, especially those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus, should avoid travel to Italy, at least for the time being.
Those who need to make an essential trip to Italy are highly recommended to be fully vaccinated with one of the FDA approved vaccines to avoid any health effects while abroad.
“There are restrictions that affect entry of US citizens into Italy. The advice emphasizes that your risk of catching COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine.
With the exception of Italy, the “Level IV: Do Not Travel Advice” also applies to many other European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, France and Portugal, among others.
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The US is currently part of Italy’s List D, which means Americans have to follow several entry rules in order to be allowed into the country.
All US nationals arriving in Italy must fill out a Passenger Locating Form prior to their arrival. In addition, they are required to undergo COVID-19 test results within 72 hours prior to their entry, as well as present a valid vaccination or refund certificate.
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