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Italy Suggests EU Mutual Coronavirus Testing for Tourists at Airports

As the massive spread of Coronavirus continues worldwide, Italy is proposing other European Union member states cooperation on monitoring tourists by conducting mutual COVID-19 checks, in order to decrease the number of infections.

Italy’s Deputy Health Minister, Sandra Zampa, in an interview with Corriere Della Sera newspaper, said that Italy’s proposal includes the common mutual checks for Coronavirus travellers.

“We are finalizing a cooperation agreement with the Italian Minister of health, Roberto Speranza, to ensure reciprocity with all European countries, starting with France and Germany. Those who leave and those who come will have to pass the test. It’s a way to get back to travelling, but safe,” she told Corriere Della Sera newspaper.

Meanwhile, the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, suggested conducting mutual testing at airports, upon the arrival of travellers.

“If someone from Italy goes to Madrid or Paris, they are checked on arrival, just like a passenger from Spain or France arriving in Italy. This measure should apply to all citizens regardless of nationality,” the Minister said, quoted by the Huffington Post.

The total number of infection cases across the Apennines exceeded 268 thousand, with over 208 thousand recovered cases, and 35,477 death cases, according to the official data of Italy’s Ministry of Health.

In addition to this, by the end of August, Italy detected 1.3 – 1.4 thousand of Coronavirus infection cases per day, similar to the number of cases early in July when the country had already imposed quarantine measures.

As of June 3, the citizens of Apennines were allowed to travel freely within the country, while citizens from the Schengen countries and the UK can also travel within their territory. Meanwhile, since June 15, Italian citizens can visit European countries without having to go through quarantine.

In spite of this, in the mid of August, Italy obliged Coronavirus testing for arrivals from some particular countries including:

  1. Croatia
  2. Spain
  3. Greece
  4. Malta

In order to enter Italy, travellers who have stayed or just transited through the abovementioned countries must provide a certificate with negative Coronavirus results, which states that the test has been conducted within 72 hours. Those who do not own this test can undergo it within 48 hours after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive the results.

Citizens from other EU countries are allowed to enter Italy without any restrictions, excluding citizens from Bulgaria and Romania who are required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival. These measures do not apply for staff members of transport means.

Among other things, entry from these countries is allowed without any restrictions:

  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • United Kingdom
  • Monaco
  • Andorra
  • Vatican State
  • Republic of San Marino

The German Presidency of the European Union Council is also planning to propose to the EU member states cooperation on the cross-border travel restrictions as the numbers of Coronavirus infections are rapidly increasing in the EU area as well as across the world.

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