Italy extends Covid-19 travel ban to Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Thursday issued a ban on all air, road and rail travel into Italy from Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Italy extends Covid-19 travel ban to Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
The three countries have been added to Italy's banned countries list of those considered a risk due to their infection rates.
As of July 16th, the updated list includes 16 countries: Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

The ban applies to anyone who has been to any of those countries within the past 14 days, regardless of nationality or residency, and even if they were just transiting there.

In other words, even people who live in Italy cannot return home from one of the countries on the 'risk list'.

Non-essential travel also remains heavily restricted from many non-EU countries, including the US.
Italy has restricted travel from these countries because they still have high coronavirus transmission rates.
Italy itself has been taken off most travel ban lists worldwide after infection rates in the country were contained.
On Thursday, there were 230 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Italy in 24 hours and 20 deaths, pushing the total death toll over 35,000.
The majority of new cases and deaths are still beng recorded in the northern region of Lombardy, which was hit first and badly by the pandemic.
For more information on travel restrictions, check the Italian Foreign Ministry's website (in English), as well as the latest advice from the government of any countries you're travelling to or from.


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TRAVEL: Delays expected as Italian airport workers strike on Friday

Passengers travelling to and from Italian airports were warned to expect delays on Friday, January 27th, due to strikes by baggage handlers and other staff, with Milan's Linate set to be worst affected.

TRAVEL: Delays expected as Italian airport workers strike on Friday

Strike action on by staff from airport ground service companies may result in delays and queues at some Italian airports, with ticket desks, check-in and baggage handling likely to be affected.

At the national level, ground support staff will take part in a strike held by several of Italy’s biggest trade unions during the day, while an additional strike by baggage handlers at Milan’s Linate airport is expected to cause further disruption.

“It won’t be so much a problem of cancelled flights, even if sometimes the airlines seize the opportunity to cancel one that would leave half empty, but of delays,” Renzo Canavesi, CUB union leader for the Lombardy region, told La Stampa.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

At Linate, ground service company Swissport Italia and handling companies Airport Handling and Air Cargo plan to strike on Friday.

Staff from Swissport Italia will hold a 24-hour strike at Linate, while the other two ground operators will strike for four hours (from 10.30am to 2.30pm for Airport Handling; from 9pm to 1am of the next day for Airport Cargo).

Passengers are advised to arrive early for flights and to check the status of their service before leaving for the airport.

Passengers may be entitled to compensation in the event of severe delays or flight cancellations. See our guide for further details.

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.