After months of isolation and travel bans, Italy has decided to open for travellers from other Schengen and EU Member States.

Schengen Visa Info reports the Italian government has decided to permit unrestricted travel between Italy and other Schengen countries and within Italy itself, starting 3 June.

BBC reports the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has admitted that the country is taking a “calculated risk” as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown measures.

He said “the contagion curve” could rise again, but that the country could not afford to wait for a vaccine.

Since March, Italy has had very strict COVID-19 lockdown measures in place.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Italy has had more than 225,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 31,908 deaths reported.

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