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Can I go on holiday to Italy? Quarantine rules, travel advice and coronavirus restrictions explained


HOLIDAYS to Italy are still on the menu, with the country avoiding any quarantine restrictions.

Since July 10, Brits have been able to visit the country without needing to self-isolate on arrival or back in the UK.

Italy is back on the cards for a holiday this year, following the latest announcement

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Italy is back on the cards for a holiday this year, following the latest announcementCredit: Reuters

However, there are fears that Italy may be the next on the UK’s quarantine list as cases have begun to rise again.

Once the epi-centre of coronavirus in Europe, Italy managed to reduce their infection rate to less than 400 a day, compared to the peak which saw as many as 6,554 in one day.

However, using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), countries face quarantine rules if they go above 20 new daily infections per 100,000 population, over seven days.

While they managed to remain low at 7.1 last month, this has jumped to 15.6, according to Quash Quarantine spokesperson Paul Charles, putting it near the 20 mark.

Here is everything you need to know about holidays to Italy at the moment.

 

Can I travel to Italy on holiday now?

Brits have been able to visit Italy for a holiday since July 10.

Italy lifted their travel restrictions, with tourists returning to the country last month without isolating on arrival, along with the UK lifting their own.

However, the country may be placed back onto the quarantine list soon if cases do not go down again.

The UK government announced yesterday that regional quarantine restrictions are now being enforced, following a number of Greek islands being placed onto the travel restricted list.

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According to Mr Charles, this could affect the Italian island of Sardinia where a jump in cases has been linked to the younger population, blamed for parties and nightclubs.

Testing facilities in Lazio in Italy have traced 800 cases in recent weeks back to the island, according to the Guardian.

Sicily could also face quarantine restrictions, according to The Times.

Brits can travel quarantine-free between the UK and Italy

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Brits can travel quarantine-free between the UK and ItalyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Are there any restrictions in Italy I need to know about?

Some regions have additional restrictions – all travellers to Sardinia must complete an online registration form at least 48 hours before arriving in Sardinia – failure to do so and you will be refused entry

Face masks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and public transport, and must be worn in all outdoor areas between 6pm and 6am.

Nightclubs and bars remain closed, but hotels and attractions have reopened, including the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, although rules on capacity and face masks are in place.

Many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking guests to provide their name and contact details before using their services.

Are flights running to Italy?

Flights to Italy are available with the majority of airlines, with deals for less than £20 to some destiantions.

Ryanair, Jet2 and Alitalia have now resumed flights to Italy with the majority of major airports open.

Package deals are also on offer with TUI and other tour operators.

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