Italy has applauded the Government’s decision to lift the travel advisory warning Britons against all but essential travel to some regions including Italy. As of July 4, Britons will be able to travel to Italy and will not be required to enter into a mandatory quarantine period upon their return.
A list of 59 countries exempt from quarantine has been released, bringing joy to many in the holiday industry.
Maria Elena Rossi, director of marketing and promotions for the Italian Tourist Board welcomed the news and urged Britons to visit the country.
“I am delighted that the UK Government has announced that passengers returning or visiting England from Italy will no longer be required to self-isolate from the 10 July,” she said.
“Italy’s borders have been open to British visitors from June 3 with no quarantine restrictions on arrival into Italy however the quarantine on return into Britain will not have encouraged many visitors to book.
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“Now that we have a reciprocal agreement in place we are confident that British visitors will want to come back to Italy for the summer to experience our wonderful culture, food and wine and beautiful countryside.”
Speaking on BBC News, Raffaele Trombetta, Italy’s UK ambassador, said: “I do hope that British people will come and see Italy and spend holidays and enjoy their time in Italy, as I do hope that Italians will come back and enjoy their time in England. “
However, Italy maintains that it is making the health and safety of both visitors and residents a top priority.
In order to ensure there is not a second wave of the virus, Italy has put in place a number of social distancing rules which could change the holiday experience.
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“Museums, attractions, parks and gardens, as well as bars and pubs, restaurants and ice cream shops have all now opened up and comply with a strict set of new guidelines and protocols respecting social distancing at all times,” said Ms Rossi.
“Importantly for the British visitor, beach resorts have also opened and are following the new guidelines to ensure that visitors can safely enjoy the beautiful Italian coastline.”
Mr Trombetta added that tourists will be expected to respect the current measures in place.
“We have set a very efficient monitoring system at a regional level with details that will be processed on a national level,” he said.
“Of course, tourists coming to Italy will have to respect all the measures, the one-metre social distancing, wearing masks when they go in enclosed space.
“All of the sanitary precautions.
“We will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis so we feel quite confident that people can come and feel safe, and then if there is any need we will take the necessary measures.”
However, he said the country is aiming to make holidays “as normal” as possible given the current circumstances.
He added: “Perhaps it is not as it used to be, but it will soon be.”
Along with the 59 quarantine-free countries, the updates advisory also applies to some nations such as Canada.
The FCO states: “These exemptions come into effect on July 4. All our advice will remain under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country.
“These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad.
“Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments.”