According to the country’s National Tourist Board, all COVID-19-related entry criteria were removed this week, allowing visitors to come without needing to produce proof of vaccination, get tested, or show proof of recovery.
The new laws, which took effect on June 1, align Italy with other European countries that have lifted pandemic-era travel restrictions, such as the UK, Sweden, Iceland, Ireland, and Croatia.
“A Green Pass or similar certificate is no longer required to enter Italy as of June 1, 2022,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s website. “All entrance restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted.”
To enter the country previously, tourists had to present proof of having been completely vaccinated or receiving a booster within nine months of their entry date, having recovered from COVID-19 within six months, or bringing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
The decision to eliminate travel restrictions comes less than a month after Italy removed the requirement for visitors to show proof of vaccination while visiting restaurants, pubs, and museums.
According to the National Tourist Board, the European Union suspended its transportation mask mandate last month, but Italy will continue to require face masks to be worn on planes and public transit such as high-speed or intercity trains and buses until at least June 15. Indoor shows in theatres, cinemas, concert halls, indoor sporting events, and other entertainment venues also require surgical masks.
The idea to make it easier to visit Italy comes at a time when summer vacations are in full swing. While there is no wrong season to visit Italy, the Italian coast shines brightest in the summer, and those wishing to plan ahead can consider a fall holiday when the grape harvest is in full swing.
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