Italy to abolish pre entry testing requirement for vaccinated EU travellers

The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced on Wednesday that starting from February 1, Italy will ease its COVID-19 restrictions for all travellers from European Union countries. The Minister signed an order that states that all visitors from the EU would be permitted entry to the country by only presenting a Green Pass, according to Schengen Visa Info.

The so-called Green Pass, is a document showing proof of COVID-19 immunity through vaccination, previous infection or a negative test. On Dec. 14, Italy had ruled that all EU visitors had to take a test before departure, amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Reuters reported.

This means that all EU citizens who present one of the above-mentioned certificates will soon be able to enter Italy without having to follow additional entry rules. At the moment, the Italian authorities require all EU citizens to present a negative test upon their entry, regardless of their vaccination status and country of origin. However, since the Omicron variant is already widely spread within the EU, the authorities plan to remove the pre-entry testing requirement.

All EU/Schengen Area countries are currently part of Italy’s List C, except for the Vatican City State and San Marino, which are part of List A. Travellers who reach Italy from List A are permitted restriction-free entry provided that they present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate. The two documents can be shown in paper or digital format.

Travellers from the rest of EU/Schengen Area countries that are placed on List C are currently required to present a vaccination or a recovery certificate along with a negative test result, which must be taken within 48 hours before arrival. Even though travellers from the EU will be required to meet the above-mentioned rules until February 1, they are still permitted entry for travel purposes without having to provide an essential reason for their trip, as reported by Schengen Visa Info.

However, as soon as the new order enters into force, EU travellers will be able to enter Italy under more facilitated rules as well as will be exempt from the pre-entry testing requirement.

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