Anyone entering Italy from Britain will be required to show a negative Covid test result, self-isolate for five days and take another swab test at the end of the isolation period, the Minister of Health said. Health Roberto Speranza in a decree that extended until August 30 the measures that were to expire on Friday.
Speranza also announced that Italy will now recognize UK vaccination certificates, making it easier for any Briton crossing to comply with local Covid passport regulations, which will apply from August 6 to bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas and more.
Federturismo, a trade body for the tourism industry, was pushing for a relaxation of quarantine rules, accusing them of a significant drop in bookings from the UK, but their calls went unheeded.
“We would like fully vaccinated British tourists to be able to come freely to Italy … just as fully vaccinated Italians to be able to travel freely to Britain,” Antonio Barreca, group chief executive, told the Telegraph. “We are working on it,” he added.