Italy eliminates quarantine for vaccinated and tested UK travellers

Aug 30, 2021

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British travellers will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival in Italy from 31 August onwards, as long as they are vaccinated and can show a negative test result, according to Reuters.

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The negative test can be either a PCR-RT or antigen (lateral flow) test taken within 48 hours before arrival, the Italian health ministry stated. Travellers are considered fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days after receiving their second dose, in line with EU regulations.

Since 21 June, U.K. travellers have had to undergo a mandatory five-day hotel quarantine upon entry over rising concerns surrounding the spread of the delta variant.

Now that the quarantine requirement has been removed, Italy once again makes sense as a destination for a short trip. This is excellent news for travellers looking for a long weekend destination this fall.

Related: The best destinations you can visit from the UK without quarantine on either end

Italy is currently on the amber list, meaning a trip to Italy also does not require quarantine after returning home. However, it is required to take a test before travelling back to England. This can be either a PCR-RT test or an antigen (lateral flow) test, taken in the 72 hours before arrival back in the U.K.

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