Non-essential travel ban being lifted

Italy removes non-essential travel ban for third countries

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Travellers from non-European countries will be able to enter Italy under the same rules as EU travellers from 1st March. Essentially, the non-essential travel ban will lift.

The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, said that starting from March 1, travellers from third countries will be subject to the same rules as travellers from the EU.

“From March 1 for arrivals from all non-European countries, the same rules will be in force as already provided for European countries. One of the conditions of the green pass will be sufficient for entry into Italy: vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, or negative test,” Speranza wrote on his official Twitter account on February 22.

What the change means

This means they will be able to enter Italy without being subject to additional entry rules as long as they hold a vaccination or recovery certificate, or a negative COVID-19 test.

From 1st March third-country nationals can enter Italy without needing to have a test prior to departure if fully vaccinated or recovered. In effect, the non-essential travel ban will lift for non-Europeans.

The non-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated will be able to enter with a negative COVID-19 test result. It would seem the rules around tests would remain the same as they currently are for EU citizens. In other words, a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours or a PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

However, until the Italian government relaxes the Super Green Pass rules after the state of emergency ends on 31st March, the non-vaccinated face limitations on where they can go. Unvaccinated individuals cannot use public transport, stay in hotels, visit restaurants, museums, art galleries and the majority of Italy’s public buildings.

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