Italy holidays: Britons allowed to return without quarantine but must follow strict rules

Italy holidays: Britons allowed to return without quarantine but must follow strict rules

Italy is a renowned tourist destination for people across the world, not just Britons. The country is known for its stunning scenery, beautiful architecture and warm weather. And despite suffering badly during the coronavirus pandemic, Italy has announced that it will be opening to tourists.

However, the Italian Tourist Board (ENIT) has revealed an extensive set of guidelines and new protocols on their website to educate and reassure travellers heading to Italy on holiday.

The new information includes operational guidelines for businesses and general information for tourists on the protocols and social distancing measures that have been implemented throughout the country.

Flavio Zappacosta, manager for UK and Ireland commented from ENIT said that the measures will make sure tourists have a “fantastic” experience while remaining safe.

He said: “With the extensive and thorough protocols available online for travellers, we hope to reassure visitors that Italy is ready for tourists and has the correct measures in place to both ensure their health and safety whilst having a fantastic experience in the destination.”

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The new information includes specific protocols for visiting restaurants, seaside and beach areas, accommodation facilities, swimming pools, parks and museums.

People arriving in Italy should also be aware that it is mandatory to wear a mask in enclosed spaces, which includes public transport or anywhere where they may not be able to exercise social distancing.

The FCO also included on their website: “All travellers entering Italy must avoid using public transport and must arrange to be collected, take a taxi or hire a car.

“Train companies have reduced domestic services and international travel is limited.

“Some cross-border bus companies are also cancelling their services.”

ENIT have also said that hand sanitisers must be available in public places.

Information about how to remain safe must also be displayed in several languages, according to ENIT.

A one-metre social distancing rule will apply in all public areas including restaurants, hotels and public spaces.

Current FCO advice from the UK government is advising against Britons travelling overseas unless it is “essential”.

The UK also has 14-day quarantine rules in place which means anyone arriving into the UK from abroad will have to isolate for two weeks in one place.

If anyone is caught flouting the rules, they could face a fine of up to £1,000.

To further inspire travellers to head back to Italy, ENIT has launched its first ever app, Italia VR.

The app will include further information on art, history, territory, culture, food and wine.

The mobile app also offers three immersive experiences but will continue to be updated with new content.

Published at Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:23:00 +0000