Travel at the time of Covid-19: the latest updates in Italy
At present, it is becoming increasingly complicated to stay up to date about the protection measures related to Covid-19, as the rules are constantly changing. It is often also difficult to understand their rationale.
With this short article, we want to clarify the latest news on travel to and from Italy. Details are as follow:
- Measures for entry into Italy are currently regulated by Order of 14th December 2021, valid until 31st January 2022.
The order of the Minister of Health provides that even those arriving from countries on List C (therefore also from EU countries), will have to present a negative molecular swab performed within 48 hours or rapid antigenic test within 24 hours, along with the certification of vaccination or recovery and a Passenger Locator Form, available on https://app.euplf.eu/#/
Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs) are used by public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing in case travellers are exposed to an infectious disease during their travel by plane, ship (cruise/ferry), rail, bus, or car. Information that travellers provide in PLFs can be used by public health authorities in destination countries to rapidly contact travellers, with the goal of protecting the health of travellers’ and their contacts, as well as preventing further disease spread. Countries that require completion of PLF are currently using paper-based passenger locator forms or have developed national online systems.
Those who do not have a valid certification of vaccination or recovery (Green Pass) are required, in addition to the swab, to undergo a 5-day fiduciary isolation, upon arrival on destination.
The ordinance has also updated the list of countries in List D.
- New measures regarding entry from African countries are currently regulated by Order of 14th January 2022.
This new order of the Minister of Health ends the special travel restriction measures for people incoming from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini. For these countries is applied the ongoing established regime for States and territories under List E.
- Clarification on the latest Covid-19 containment measures.
The Minister Circular of 7th January 2022 provides clarification on:
- Air, sea and land transits in Italy;
- International transportation services: ‘Super’ Green Pass is not required: the new transportation rules effective from 10th January 2022 that extend the ‘Super’ Green Pass requirement to access transportation will not apply to international transportation services;
- Mandatory wearing of FFP2 masks on international flights: the obligation to wear FFP2 masks on public transport on Italian territory is also valid on international flights, whether they have Italy as their destination or depart from Italy.
- Covid-free tourist travel corridors.
Health Minister has signed an order that establishes – on an experimental basis and with precise safety protocols – Covid-free travel corridors for non-EU tourist destinations. The tourist travel corridors are operating to Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Egypt (limited to the tourist areas of Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam). Read the Order of 28th September 2021.
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