Italy could impose a quarantine for all EU travelers

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According to sources from the Ministry of Health of the peninsula, Italy will require travelers arriving from all other EU countries to be quarantined for five days, as a measure to discourage Easter travel, informs thelocal.it.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza intends to sign a new ordinance requiring European travelers entering Italy to be tested for coronavirus before the trip and to comply with quarantine, regardless of the results, ministry officials said Tuesday morning. Then it must be tested again after five days of isolation.

It is unknown at this time when the new rules will take effect. Until Tuesday afternoon, no new ordinance had been published on the website of the Ministry of Health.

The restrictions will apply to both foreign visitors and returning residents, with the only exceptions for reasons of "proven necessity and urgency," a ministry official told AFP.

Previously, most EU travelers simply had to test negative up to 48 hours before arriving in Italy, while quarantine only applied to people arriving from non-EU countries. However, the quarantine period is shorter for EU travelers of only five days. People arriving from non-member states must spend 14 days in solitary confinement.

The new measure seems designed to discourage travel to Italy during the Easter holidays, when the whole country will enter a 3-day lockdown.

Some of Italy's neighbors already impose quarantine on passengers arriving from other parts of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland and Sweden, while Germany requires air passengers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Passengers who are quarantined should report the address to which they intend to isolate themselves, and then go to it only by private transport. They must remain inside during the quarantine period, avoiding contact with other people in the home.

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