Italy Plans To Open Borders To Non-EU Nationals From Mid-May

Prime Minister Mario Draghi has indicated during the G20 summit–currently taking place remotely from Rome–that Italy plans to allow visitors from mid-May onwards, without having to quarantine upon arrival.

The Telegraph reported that a government source said that the Italian health ministry would “soon formally announce that Italy’s five-day quarantine rule would be scrapped for visitors who can show that they are negative, vaccinated or immune.”

An official confirmed that this would apply not just to EU nationals but also to non-EU nationals, such as U.K. and U.S. visitors. Prime Minister Mario Draghi told the summit that “as long as you can show that you have been vaccinated or you test negative or you have immunity, then you’ll be welcome to come to Italy.”

The basis of verifying that travelers arriving into the country are immune, vaccinated or tested negative would be in the form of a travel pass, a so-called vaccination passport.

The EU is choosing to call this a Digital Green Certificate, so that people understand that it is not compulsory to get vaccinated in order to travel–the EU has agreed that the process of allowing people to travel this summer shouldn’t discriminate against people who haven’t been vaccinated and people can travel if they have a negative test result.

Every EU country is launching their own version before an EU-wide version will come into play, likely by mid June; France, for instance, began piloting its version on flights to and from Corsica

Source: Forbes