British tourists traveling to Italy will have to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Then they can enter the country.
However, it is a new entry requirement by Italy for people traveling from the UK. It means that anyone who travels to Italy needs to prove that they have a test 72 hours before they travel. And with a negative result.
More Countries to Follow the Rule
But the new rules are not just for British tourists. Moreover, Italy is also introducing these for people entering the country from Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Malta, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.
However, It is not the first destination to require Brits to take a test before traveling. Cyprus also requires visitors to prove they had a test done 72 hours before departing, with a confirmed negative result.
The Foreign Office has already updated its travel advice for Italy and warns Brits that they should not use the NHS testing service to get a test so they can travel abroad.
Some Italian airports will be offering a free test upon arrival. Or you can also opt to get tested at a facility in Italy. However, the Foreign Office warns, “If you test positive within Italy, you will be required to quarantine. The time spent in quarantine can vary greatly from a few days to several weeks. Travelers should be prepared for this eventuality.”
Flavio Zappacosta, Manager for UK & Ireland of the Italian Tourist Board (ENIT), said, “Health and safety measures remain a key priority for visitors coming to Italy which is why Covid-19 tests are now required when entering the country.”
“We believe this will help reassure British visitors intending to travel to Italy. And significantly increase consumer confidence in the destination at a time when international travel is both uncertain and unstable.”
“Travelers are not required to quarantine on arrival. They have the option to take a molecular or antigenic swab test 72 hours before traveling and present a negative outcome on arrival or take a test either on arrival at the airport or within 48 hours of entering Italy.”
“Rome and Milan already offer free and fast testing facilities at the airport. And we expect all international Italian airports to soon have testing centers in the forthcoming weeks.”
At the time of writing, the FCDO does not advise against travel to Italy. This means that travelers returning to the UK from Italy will not have to self-isolate.
However, there has been speculation in recent days that the country may be removed from the UK’s travel corridors. And added to the quarantine list, following concerns over rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the country.