Italy holidays: Italy extends 14-day quarantine and covid test requirements in travel blow

Italy announces a suspension of all foreign travel from the UK

Italy holidays now come with a raft of new restrictions. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued new travel advice today. The fresh update concerned the nation’s stricter entry requirements.

A 14-day quarantine for arrivals in Italy was set to end today.

However, the FCDO revealed Italian authorities have now extended this.

What’s more, those who are allowed to enter continue to be limited.

Holidaymakers are still barred from entering.

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“From January 7, entry will only be permitted to residents or for reasons of work or study,” explained the Foreign Office.

“If you are a UK national resident in Italy, we advise carrying proof of your residence when entering Italy.”

Strict quarantine measures remain in place – with no end date given by the FCDO.

“Travellers must present a negative test, taken no more than 48 hours before travel, and self-isolate for 14 days,” said the authority.

The FCDO added: “Until January 6, those wishing to fly must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before travel.

“You must also take a COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test on arrival in Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.

“Whatever the result of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities on arrival and must self-isolate for 14 days.”

The authority continued: “Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.

“You can read more about the requirement to get a COVID-19 test (including when you might be exempt) on the Italian Embassy in London guidance on entering Italy.”

Travellers who can enter the county also need to download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before travelling to Italy and inform local authorities of their presence.

Brexit has also impacted Italy travel rules for Britons.

“From January 1, 2021, UK Nationals, resident in Italy by December 31, 2020, will need to show proof of residence when re-entering Italy,” detailed the Foreign Office.

“This could include an identity card, a registration certificate or a utility bill in your name.”

The airport experience may well be different, too.

“At Italian border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing,” said the FCDO.

“Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to: show a return or onward ticket and show you have enough money for your stay.”

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