Roberto Speranza tweeted Saturday that he had signed a new ordinance ending the “mini-quarantine of five days” for vaccinated arrivals from the UK.
Rome had re-imposed the quarantine for those arriving from Britain from June 21st as the Delta variant spread rapidly through the United Kingdom.
But from Tuesday all arrivals from the UK, no matter what their nationality is, won’t have to quarantine as long as they as they can produce certifications confirming that they are fully vaccinated and have tested negative, in either digital or paper format.
Ho firmato un’ordinanza di proroga delle misure restrittive per arrivi da altri Paesi. Si dispone il superamento della mini quarantena di 5 giorni per chi viene dal Regno Unito nel caso in cui sia stato completato il ciclo vaccinale e contemporaneamente si abbia un test negativo.
— Roberto Speranza (@robersperanza) August 28, 2021
Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and British bases on the island of of Cyprus are all considered parts of the UK for the purposes of the new travel guidelines.
There was some confusion about when the rule change would come into place with the Italian embassy in the UK initially tweeting that the relaxed rule of vaccinated travellers would start on September 1st, before making the correction to August 31st.
Arrivals from the UK will need to have taken either a molecular PCR test or a rapid antigenic test in the 48 hours before arriving in Italy, according to the ordinance.
List D countries include the United States of America, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore; the full list is provided on the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Viaggiare Sicuri or ‘Travel Safe’ website.
The latest Viaggiare Sicuri update highlights that passengers arriving from Canada, Japan or the United States are still required to take a PCR or antigen test in the 72 hours before arriving in Italy, even if they have a Covid green pass or equivalent certification.
The new decree will remain in force until October 25, 2021.
Some coronavirus restrictions were reinstated for the region of Sicily again from Monday as the spread of the Delta variant caused concern — the first time such measures have been re-imposed on a regional level since the start of summer.