Italy scraps Covid rules but still has passport requirements and bikini bans

Italy has been one of the biggest holiday of the hotspots, with Brits flocking to Bella Italia for some of that famous sunshine, amazing food and spectacular scenery.

Earlier this summer the country lifted nearly all of its Covid restrictions in a huge holidays boost, meaning you no longer need to take pre-travel tests or fill out forms, regardless of your vaccination status.

But that doesn't mean it's completely restriction-free.

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For a start, while face masks do not need to be worn when flying into the country, although everyone entering via ferry, train or coach must wear an FFP2 face covering.

Most people wear face coverings on public transport and you may be asked to do so by other passengers or conductors if you forget to mask up.

Meanwhile the country has a host of rules for tourists with some hotspots introducing a ban on bikinis being worn away from pools or beaches, as well as limits on visitor numbers.

Holidaymakers who flaunt the rules could find themselves facing some hefty fines.

While there may not be Covid entry rules, post-Brexit you'll want to check that your passport meets new requirements – or face being turned away at the airport.

This summer many Brits have found themselves on the wrong side of new rules which require travel documents to be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country.

If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Earlier this month a pair of sisters had to fly to Spain without their mum who was turned away by Ryanair as her passport fell foul of the post-Brexit requirements.

Travel advice can change quickly. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before booking or going on a trip.


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