Italy extends quarantine requirement for entrants

Italy is extending its entry regulations, which were tightened over Easter. The quarantine obligation for entrants from EU member states was extended until the end of April, as Italian media reported on the weekend. At the same time, the tightened entry rules for Austrians, which have been in place since February because of the South African mutation, will be relaxed as of Wednesday by the new decree issued by Italian Health Minister Roberto Spreanza.

Entrants from EU countries must continue to present not only a negative test, but also quarantine for five days. At the end of the mandatory home quarantine, another test must be performed. From next Wednesday, this regulation also applies to entrants from Austria, Israel and Great Britain, for whom entry has so far only been possible in exceptional cases and a 14-day quarantine is mandatory.

With the quarantine obligation for all EU states introduced before Easter, the Italian government wanted to prevent many Italians from traveling abroad over the Easter holidays. The entire Mediterranean country is in a tightened lockdown until tomorrow. Italians are not allowed to leave their communities of residence. There are exceptions to the quarantine requirement for people entering the country on board “covid-free flights”, such as those between New York and Milan.

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