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Italy to welcome back Brits from May 16

The Italian Prime Minister made the hopeful announcement at a news conference. 

As leisure travel looks more optimistic by the day, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, announced that British tourists will be welcomed back for summer holidays in Italy from May 16, 2021. 

From May 16, 2021, UK visitors who are fully vaccinated will not face any restrictions; other arrivals must show a negative test taken 48 hours before arrival. Italy will accept both antigen and PCR tests from arriving guests.

Travellers who have previously tested positive for Covid-19 will be exempt from testing requirements if they present proof of infection upon arrival. 

These new requirements apply to all country's on Italy's 'C list', which includes Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Israel, and forms the least restrictive classification of travel restrictions. 

The Italian National Tourist Board explained: “We are delighted that Italy is once again ready and open for business. Our cities, coasts, countryside and major attractions are world class and we have implemented robust protocols to keep our visitors safe. Tourism is one of our most important industries and key to the nation’s recovery from the terrible impact of COVID-19. Given the latest announcement from the Prime Minister, we are hopeful that Italy will be on the UK government’s green list meaning holidaymakers will not have to quarantine on their return and will establish consumer confidence once more in visiting such a popular destination as Italy.”

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