“The aim is to reopen to visitors from foreign countries which have reached a high level of vaccinations, loosening some measures as early as mid-May,” Di Maio said.
The minister did not name any other countries, and the Italian government has not published a list of countries from which travel could restart using the 'green pass' travel document.
The government is expected to publish the dates and further information on restarting travel by May 15th.
The pass will allow travel within the bloc to those with immunity, vaccinations or a negative coronavirus test.
Italy is set to adopt the EU-wide pass in June, and will be implementing its own version in the meantime, Draghi said last week.
The Italian government has so far been hesitant to announce firm dates for relaxing travel restrictions, as the health situation in the country remains delicate.
While Italy's vaccination programme has picked up speed in recent weeks, the level of coverage remains far lower than in the US, UK or Israel.
At the moment, Italy has strict quarantine or testing rules in place for almost all international travelers, including those from within the EU.
There are also restrictions in place on domestic travel as certain regions are still deemed high risk.
Tourism from the UK and within the EU is currently allowed under Italy’s international travel restrictions - though it remains discouraged by the Italian Foreign Ministry, which urges people to avoid any overseas trips unless absolutely necessary.
All arrivals from the EU and UK currently must quarantine for five days on arrival and take two coronavirus tests.
This requirement looks likely to be dropped with the introduction of the new travel pass,
When (and if) travel to Italy becomes feasible this year will also depend on the rules set in place by other countries' governments.
The US government in April increased its travel warning for Italy to ‘Level 4 – Do Not Travel’, while Canada is also warning against all non-essential travel at the moment. While these government warnings do not make it illegal to travel, this may invalidate travel insurance policies.
The UK has placed Italy on its ‘amber’ travel list, which does not prohibit travel but means that people will have to quarantine and test upon return to the UK.
You can find the current Italian government travel information for all countries here.
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