Italy is a hotspot for holidays, particularly as the spring and summer begin to approach. However, heading to Italy is set to be even more different amid a new wave of coronavirus regulations for UK and EU arrivals.
According to the new decree, which was approved on December 3, visitors arriving from the UK, EU and Schengen areas before December 20 and after January 6 will need to supply a negative test result moving forward. Failure to do so will result in a period of mandatory self-isolation.
According to the Italian Government: “In the case of stay or transit in the fourteen days prior to entry into Italy in one or more countries and territories [considered as high risk], the following preventive measures apply: obligation to present to the carrier upon boarding and to anyone appointed to carry out checks on the attestation of having undergone, in the 48 hours prior to entry into the national territory, a molecular or antigen test, carried out by means of swab and negative result.”
Following the decision, the UK Government issued updated travel advice.
“You must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive in Italy from the UK,” explains the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
“The test needs to have been in the 48 hours from 10 December and should be a molecular (PCR) or an antigenic test.
“You’ll be asked to show proof of your test date and result at the border.”
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The FCDO adds: “Do not use the NHS testing service to get a test to travel to Italy. You should arrange to take a private test.
“Alternatively, until 10 December, you can take a free COVID-19 test at the airport when you arrive in Italy.
“You may have to self-isolate at your hotel or accommodation until you receive the results.”
Arrivals into Italy must also call a dedicated “COVID-19 helpline” prior to their visit.
The FCDO explains: “Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.”
Despite the new testing decree, visitors arriving from the UK, EU and Schengen areas will be forced to self-isolate for two weeks regardless of whether or not they take a test if they are entering the country between December 21 and January 6.
This is due to a blanket quarantine requirement in place over the festive season.
“Between 21 December 2020 and 6 January 2021, the requirement to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test will be removed. Instead, all arrivals (regardless of nationality) must self-isolate for 14 days,” the FCDO states.
“If you will be travelling to Italy during this time, you should be prepared to complete a self-declaration form stating your personal details and the address at which you will self-isolate.”
Arrivals entering Italy from outside of the specified regions will be required to self-isolate upon arrival regardless of their date of travel.
Other entry requirements include a mandatory self-declaration form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This must be completed prior to departure and provided to the airline or transport provider.
Visitors may also be stopped by border police for checks.
Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 16:25:00 +0000