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  • Travellers to Italy are currently grouped into 6 main categories depending on the countries they come from, according to the latest guidelines.

 

Travelling around the world has never been quite easy in the past 9 months due to Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced governments to lockdown and enforce restrictions.

Italy has been one of the few European countries that had been heavily affected by Covid-19, but thanks to its medical response it is now recovering.

On October 13, the Italian government signed a new set of regulations to counter the novel virus and ease travel restrictions, it was actually a great relief to my friends who had been left out here in Kenya.

Italy has been easing its restrictions and is now open for its citizens to return home and other foreign nationals to tour the country.

Travellers to Italy are currently grouped into 6 main categories depending on the countries they come from, according to the latest guidelines.

Some of the latest guidelines include mandatory testing upon arrival in Italy, self-isolation and fill a self-declaration form.

Below are the 6 main categories and their regulations.

Category A:

Countries include the two microstates, San Marino and Vatican city.

Travellers from these two microstates within Italy will face no limitations.

Category B:

Most EU countries as well as Schengen zone countries including, Andorra and Monaco, are unrestricted to travel to Italy.

“Travel to/from EU countries is allowed for any reason, therefore also for tourism, and without the obligation to self-isolate on return. The requirement to fill in a self-declaration form remains,” the Italian government states.

Moreover, the Italian government requires travellers from the UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and some parts of France get tested for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departing for or 48 hours of arriving in Italy.

Category C:

Countries include Bulgaria and Romania.

People travelling from these two countries are required to quarantine for their first 14 days in Italy.

The requirement is effective to anyone who has been to either country in the past 14 days before arriving in Italy.

“Travel from/to these countries is allowed for any reasons but requires mandatory self-isolation and supervision by the competent health authorities on returning to Italy; travellers must fill in a self-declaration form and may reach their final destination in Italy only by private means,” the Italian government states.

Category D:

Countries include: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The above countries are currently listed in the EU ‘Safe List’.

“Travel from these countries is allowed for any reason, therefore also for tourism. However, on returning to Italy, travellers must self-isolate and undergo supervision by the competent health authorities; they are required to fill in a self-declaration form and reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle,” states the Italian government.

Category E:

Countries include: the rest of the world except the banned (see Category F).

In this category, anyone from anywhere in the world is allowed into the Italian nation, for any purpose, except for tourism.

“Travel to and from the rest of the world is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health, study, absolute urgency, or returning to one’s home or residence,” the government guidelines states. “Travel for tourism is not allowed.”

The Italian government states that travellers from these countries “must self-isolate and are required to fill in a self-declaration form, and reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle”.

Category F:

Banned countries.

This category includes a list of banned countries. Which include: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru and Serbia.

The ban is effective to anyone who has been to any of the above listed countries within the past 14-days, even if they were just transiting there.

However, the good news is that, Italian citizens or nationals of the EU, UK and the Schengen zone who have permanent residence in Italy, are allowed to return to Italy from any country on the “risk list”.

Please note, for more information travellers are advised to check the relevant country information on the ViaggiareSicuri website.

Or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs And International Cooperation.


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Silvaro D'Silvas

By Silvaro D'Silvas

An adventurer on pursuit for knowledge and to share it with the World.

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