Italy became the first European country to announce stricter restrictions on American tourists
Due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the United States, The European Union has eliminated the US from its "safe list" countries for non-essential travel and made a formal recommendation to the 27 EU members to reinstate travel restrictions for US travelers.
On August 31, 2021, Italy became the first European country to announce stricter restrictions for American tourists entering the country. All travelers who have been to the US in the last 14 days are subject to increased protocols before entering Italy. Regardless of their health status and vaccination status, they must show a negative PCR test to be performed within the first 3 days of entry into Italian territory.
Unvaccinated travelers must be quarantined for five days after arrival in Italy and tested again for coronavirus, even if the initial test was negative. The new restrictions are in force until - at least - on October 25, 2021.
These stricter restrictions also apply to travelers coming from Japan, Canada and Israel, who are now facing a new wave of coronavirus waves.
Travelers wishing to access the archeological sites, theaters and interior sections of Italian restaurants, cafes and bars must present a "Green Pass", which shows proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a negative test. It is also necessary to fill in a contact tracking form so that all tourists can identify clusters in the event of a virus outbreak.
In 2019, more than 5.6 million Americans visited Italy. The Americans make up the largest group of international travelers to Italy and contribute about $ 2.8 billion to the Italian economy.
As of August 6, The EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate is mandatory in a variety of public spaces closed and crowded in Italy. From 1 September, the Green Pass is also required on trains, ferries and planes. The Green Pass is also required for Italians who want to fly between EU countries, as part of the UEDCC.