Covid-19: Rome to test coach passengers arriving from abroad amid fear of imported cases

Covid-19: Rome to test coach passengers arriving from abroad amid fear of imported cases
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People travelling into Rome by bus from abroad will soon be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival, local authorities have said.

Rome's Lazio region is set to introduce compulsory coronavirus testing for all travellers arriving by coach into Rome from “at risk” countries.

Announcing the move on Monday, Lazio Region president Nicola Zingaretti wrote on Twitter that the priority is to “defend” Rome and the Lazio region, as fears run high over possible imported cases from some countries within the EU.
 
 
Although officials have not yet clarified which travellers will need to be tested, the measure is believed to be aimed primarily at workers arriving in Italy from Bulgaria and Romania.
 
Italy on Friday imposed quarantine on anyone travelling to Italy from Bulgaria or Romania amid concerns that the many workers returning to Italy from those countries are potentially an infection risk.
 
 
After a slight rise in new confirmed cases last week, Italian authorities are pointing to the risk of cases being imported from abroad.
 
There are about one million Romanian nationals working in Italy, mainly in construction and home care, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports.
 
The quarantine requirement applies to anyone, regardless of nationality, who enters Italy after being in Romania or Bulgaria within the previous 14 days.
 
 
There are no entry restrictions or quarantine requirements for travel into Italy for citizens of all other EU and Schengen zone countries, which for these purposes includes the UK.
 
Travellers from the following counries can also visit Italy without a quarantine requirement: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
 
You can find full details of current travel restrictions in a separate article here
 
For more information, see 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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