Italy lifts travel restrictions requiring vaccination or testing

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Italy on Wednesday lifted its last pandemic-era entry restrictions, making it easier for foreign tourists to visit as the busy summer travel season intensifies.

“As of June 1, 2022, a Green Pass or equivalent certificate is no longer required to enter Italy,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement. Previously, travelers had to present proof of coronavirus vaccination, proof of recovery from the disease or a negative test result, to circumvent a five-day quarantine.

While the European Union dropped its mask mandate for air travel last month, Italy will keep mask requirements in place for a number of transport settings, including commercial aircraft, until June 15. . Masks also remain mandatory at indoor sporting events, concert halls, theaters and other venues, according to the announcement.

The change comes as Italy has seen a decrease in coronavirus cases. Daily cases in the country have fallen 19% over the past seven days, with 212 new cases per 100,000 people, according to tracking data compiled by The Washington Post through Wednesday.

Italy previously eased other restrictions, ceasing to use its passenger locator form in early May and scrapping its Green Pass requirement for many locations. The country’s travel experts are bracing for a busy summer. “In terms of tourism here in Italy, it’s definitely back,” Clio Morichini, travel and events manager for Italy Segreta, told The Washington Post via email.

The country joins other nearby destinations that have lifted all entry requirements in recent months. The UK dropped its remaining travel restrictions in March, following countries like Ireland and Norway.

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