So far, passengers arriving from EU countries have only been asked to provide proof of vaccination, or a COVID or negative test result.
However, the regulation, signed by Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Tuesday, “prescribes that all arrivals from EU countries must undergo a negative test upon departure. In addition to the test, a five-day quarantine is planned for the unvaccinated.”
The new measures will take effect on Thursday, December 16 and will be in effect until January 31.
Unvaccinated people coming from countries not part of the Euroblock must be placed in quarantine as soon as they arrive, and those who have been vaccinated are required to test negative.
Italy fights the third wave
Measures are being tightened in Italy at a time when Europe is battling another wave of the pandemic and the expansion in the form of the novel coronavirus from Omicron. Preliminary data indicate that this variant is more contagious than the currently prevalent delta variant.
Italy was the first country in the European Union to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic earlier last year. Recently, Italy is trying to keep the epidemiological situation on its territory under control through the use of covidpas, which the country’s residents must demonstrate in almost all activities, both at work and when entering restaurants, according to AFP.
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