Italy Welcome Back Brits - With Important Caveat
The Foreign and Commonwealth office have maintained their stance on advising against non essential travel but changes in policy across Europe are beginning to reignite the possibility of foreign travel for Brits.
Italy have recently announced new protocols, after allowing visitors to return (including those from the UK).
It’s no longer mandatory for visitors to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
The FCO stated:
Many travellers arriving in Italy are no longer required to self-isolate or report their address to health authorities.
"You will only need to self-isolate if you are arriving in Italy from outside the EU, the UK or other countries listed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or; you have spent less than 14 consecutive days physically located in your country of departure.”
“If these conditions apply to you, then you must arrive in Italy with a completed ‘Self-Declaration Form for Travel’ stating the purpose of your trip to Italy, report promptly to local health authorities and self-isolate for 14 days.”
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The measures were put into effect from June 3rd. Tourism is an integral part to Italy’s economy and no expense is being spared in the attempt to reignite interest in travelling to Italy.
The manager for UK and Ireland at the Italian Tourist Board, Flavio Zappacosta said:
“The tourism industry is one of Italy’s key economy drivers so it is with utmost importance that we open for business as soon as it is safe to do so,” he said.
“We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope we can inspire them to start to plan and book an Italian holiday this year.”
Flights have yet to return to even 50% volume, so despite the lack of self-isolation protocol there are still hurdles for visitors to face if they wish to spend a few weeks in Florence or Rome.