From March 1st, Italy will lift quarantine requirements and restrictions on entry for travelers from non-EU countries. This is in line with what other Member States of the European Union (EU) are doing, said Italy’s Minister of Health Roberto Speranza on February 22nd.
“As of March 1, arrivals from all non-European countries will be subject to the same rules that are already in force for European countries,” the minister announced on social networks.
To enter Italy, one of the conditions of the basic health certificate will suffice: vaccination, certificate of recovery from the disease or a negative test.Roberto Speranza, Italy’s Minister of Health
The measure was announced after the EU gave the green light on February 22nd to non-essential travel from third countries for people who have received a full course of a vaccine authorized by member states or the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Council of the European Union recommended that Member States remove the non-essential travel ban for citizens of third countries who have been vaccinated or recovered from the Covid-19 disease.
The non-essential travel ban should be removed for all third-country travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization, provided that the last vaccine dose has been received within the last 270 days. The recommendation was extended to all persons who have recovered from Covid-19 within 180 days prior to the day of departure.
In Italy, as well as other EU countries, the updated recommendation on the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU will come into force as of March 1st. The Council of the European Union also announced that from February 22nd, all Member States would be able to issue recovery certificates based on a positive rapid antigen test result.