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Italy wants to reopen to tourists from mid-May - under these conditions

2021-05-12T08:15:00.481Z

Italy wants to open its doors to tourists even earlier than expected. From mid-May, tourist travel should now be made possible with the “green pass”.



Italy wants to open its doors to tourists even earlier than expected.

From mid-May, tourist travel should now be made possible with the “green pass”.

As in many other European countries, Italy is eagerly awaiting the opening up to holidaymakers.

Tourism does not make up an insignificant part of economic output - before the pandemic, in 2019, it had a share of 13 percent.

After months of lockdown and caution, the Italian government now wants to take the first step and facilitate entry for vaccinated tourists - earlier than initially thought.

After the virtual G20 meeting of tourism ministers on Tuesday afternoon (May 4th), Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that

Italy

will

open

to

tourists from May 15th with the help of a national “green passport”

.

Holidays 2021: Italy takes the next step towards opening up

"It is time to book your vacation in Italy", were Draghi's words after the G20 meeting of tourism ministers. In order to give this a helping hand, Italy has

its own "green passport"

one that should bridge the period until the introduction of the EU vaccination pass.

This is expected to be launched in mid-June.

Italy also wants to catch up with its competitors Spain and Greece, who have already introduced similar rules and are already allowing tourists again.

“We have to offer clear, simple rules so that tourists can come to us safely,” said the Prime Minister's plan.

Bernabò Bocca, President of the National Hoteliers Association, also sees this step as extremely important: “Thanks to the date of May 15, we can finally start planning the season.

The foreign guests are indispensable for our operations. "

The “green pass” offers these advantages for tourists

The certificate is intended to allow foreign tourists to

travel between the twenty regions of Italy

.

In the last few months this was hardly possible because the Italian corona traffic light divided the regions into yellow, orange or red zones.

Depending on the color, different, sometimes stricter restrictions apply to travel.

In Italy you can currently only move freely between the yellow regions.

The police authority can also prohibit foreign tourists from entering Italy if the specified final destination is in a different region than the one where they are entering.

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Italy vacation: who gets the "green passport"?

In order to receive the national “Green Pass”, travelers to Italy must have a

full corona vaccination

, have

recovered from Covid-19 disease

or present a

negative test

that is not older than 48 hours.

According to the plans, children under two years of age do not need proof.

How exactly the “green pass” for tourists should look like and where it is available is not yet known.

So far there is only the "green pass" which is intended for local vacationers.

(fk)

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