After three months of total lockdown and no tourists in sight, Italy has opened its borders to tourists from the Schengen Area and the European Union Member States.

Despite criticism that opening to tourists was “premature” for Italy – mainly due to its current rate of infections – Schengen Visa Info reports the government is inviting Europeans to visit Italy without fearing the virus.

According to a notice published by the official website of the Italian government, travel will be freely allowed from 3 June for any reason to and from the following states:

  • Member States of the EU (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Hungary)
  • Non-EU States part of the Schengen Agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Andorra
  • Monaco
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Vatican City State

According to the notice, people entering or returning to Italy from these countries will from 3 June no longer be subject to sanitary surveillance and fiduciary isolation for 14 days, unless they have stayed in different countries in the 14 days prior to entry into Italy.

“For example, a person who enters Italy from France on 14 June will be subject to fiduciary isolation if he entered France from the United States on 4 June, but will not be subject to isolation if the move from the United States to France occurred within on 30 May or if between 31 May and 13 June he stayed in Germany,” the notice explains. ­­

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Italy has had 234,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections, with 33,601 deaths reported.

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