Italy will reopen to tourists starting 3 June

May 16, 2020

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Italy announced that it plans to allow travel to and from abroad starting on 3 June. In addition, regional travel will be allowed again and shops and restaurants will reopen under new social distancing rules on 18 May.

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This news come nearly two weeks after Italy started to ease the restrictions of one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns. Italy was the first European nation to impose such a lockdown after experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases and deaths.

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Unlike other countries, the Italian government says that a 14-day quarantine upon arrival will not be mandatory. However, governors in regions such as Sardinia and Campania are considering health passports and imposing their own 14-day quarantine requirements. Gathering in public places will still be prohibited.

After months of lockdown, many countries are eager to kick-start their economies starting with the summer holiday season. Greece also announced plans to reopen to tourists this summer so long as it successfully completes a three-part process. Once that happens, hotels will begin reopening as soon as 1 June. Last year, Greece drew 34 million visitors who brought in over $19 billion in revenue, Reuters reported.

At the time of publication, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

See also: Re-opening soon? A country by country guide 

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