Italy wants to make it easier for European tourists to enter the country

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Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia urges that tourists with a PCR test less than 72 hours old be allowed to enter the country. Currently, the test must be less than 48 hours old, which causes many inconveniences, the minister said, according to media reports. With an extended season, Italy hopes to win back its guests and, in turn, revenue.

Foreign tourists who stay in Italy for a longer period of time should be able to receive the second vaccination dose locally, Garavaglia stressed. He added that the regions are also able to immunize vacationers from abroad who ask for it.

Thanks to an extension of the tourist season and the vaccination campaign moving forward, Italy hopes to recover “at least a third” of the 27 billion euros the sector lost due to the pandemic, Garavaglia said. He expressed confidence that the flow of visitors to Italy will return strongly this summer.

“The extension of the tourist season and its organization thanks to digital technology will make it possible to manage and better regulate the flow of visitors,” Garavaglia said. This should help tourists avoid crowds when visiting monuments and museums.

Tourism is an essential sector for Italy’s economy. Before the outbreak of the pandemic in February 2020, it accounted for 13 percent of Italy’s gross domestic product (GDP).

— source: k.at/picture: pixabay.com

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