Italy reopens to international tourism, restrictions relaxes
Italy reopens to international tourism, restrictions relaxes

ROME: Italy has formally reopened its borders for restriction-free travel for visitors from some countries, almost a year after the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the country. Many streets, parks and squares in the Italian capital were full of visitors over the weekend, as per reports..

As of Sunday, travellers from European Union member states, the UK, and Israel have been allowed to enter Italy without restrictions if they could show a recent negative coronavirus test, proof of vaccination, or if they have recovered from the virus in the last six months.

Travellers from other parts of the world still enter the country as long as they follow quarantine rules on arrival, and those in the country must obey national health restrictions, such as the 10 p.m. national curfew and seating for bars and restaurants limited to outdoor areas.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi had announced earlier this month at the G20 Tourism Ministers' meeting that Italy would begin welcoming foreign tourists in mid-May, about a month before the EU's own Digital Green Certificate pass for tourists went into effect.

Draghi's decision came as coronavirus indicators such as infection, hospitalization, and mortality rates improved over the last month. The move Draghi announced formally went into effect Sunday for visitors from some countries.

Meanwhile, predictions are that the tourism sector that accounted for 13 percent of Italy's gross domestic product before the pandemic will have to wait until the second half of 2023 to return to 2019 levels.

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