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Rome wants EU tourists to go on holiday in Italy without quarantine

Italy aims to encourage tourism and enable people to travel to the country without having to go into quarantine, starting from May, an official said on Saturday.

Rome, 9 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Italy aims to encourage tourism and enable people to travel to the country without having to go into quarantine, starting from May, an official said on Saturday.

Travelling to Italy should be made easier for travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a Facebook post.

He said he was working with the health minister to abolish the “mini-quarantine” for European Union citizens and travellers from Britain and Israel who have tested negative for the virus, were vaccinated or had recovered from Covid-19.

Visitors travelling to Italy from other EU countries currently have to test negative before travelling, spend five days in quarantine in the country and then take a second test.

Di Maio announced that rules for travellers arriving from the United States should also be relaxed in June.

“Tourism is an important building block in Italy’s recovery,” he said.

The exact rules and dates for the new regulations are not yet enshrined in law.

Italy’s case numbers have been falling recently and its vaccination campaign continues to make progress.

As of Saturday more than 27 per cent of the population received at least one vaccine dose.

As of Monday, no parts of Italy are to be classified as red zones, the highest level of risk in the country’s three-tier system, under a decree signed by Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

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