As of June 1, travellers from all over the world can enter Italy restriction-free, as the country has dropped its COVID-19 entry rules.
According to a report by SchengenVisaInfo.com, the decision to lift the entry rules was announced by the Italian Ministry of Health earlier this week.
“The ordinance of the Minister of Health which provides for the Green Certification Covid-19 (green pass) to enter Italy expires on May 31. The measure will not be extended,” the Ministry wrote on its official website on May 30.
Entry rules scrapped
Now that the COVID-19 entry rules have officially been removed, all visitors to Italy, regardless of whether they are from the European Union or a non-European Union country, will no longer be required to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate on arrival.
SchengenVisaInfo.com says it believes that the Italian authorities removed the entry restrictions due to the virus no longer causing serious health impacts, as well as due to low infection rates and high vaccination rates.
The latest World Health Organization data indicate that there have been 130,994 new COVID infection cases in Italy over the past seven days.
The most recent data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which was last updated on May 19, shows Italy administered 136,206,350 Coronavirus vaccine doses.
Of the total adult population, 87.4 per cent of them have completed primary vaccination, and 77.3 per cent of them have received an additional vaccine dose.
In addition to easing travel rules, Italy dropped the mask requirement earlier in May.
Since May 1, all persons have been exempt from the requirement to wear a face mask when accessing restaurants, bars, museums, and other public places and events.
As for those flying and taking other public transport, Italian authorities have made it clear that masks are mandatory for all long-distance public transport until June 15.
The following countries have also dropped all of their entry rules: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
These countries permit restriction-free entry to travellers and do not require COVID documentation.