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Italy extends quarantine for EU travel until May 15

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Italy extends the quarantine for EU travel until May 15, at the earliest. Those wishing to travel to Italy from European Union or Schengen countries remain obliged to comply with the quarantine rules on arrival on Italian territory, as the country's government has extended the state of emergency until 15 May.

According to the ordinance signed by the Ministry of Health, travelers from the EU or the Schengen Area must present a negative result of a COVID-19 test on arrival, not older than 48 hours, and then have to self-isolate for five days. After five days in quarantine, they must take another PCR test for COVID-19, and if they receive a negative result, they will be able to get out of quarantine, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Italy extends the quarantine for EU travel until May 15, at the earliest.

In March, Italian authorities announced that the country would follow the example of other EU member states by imposing additional restrictions on those entering Italian territory from one of the EU member states to stop the increase in infections. Then, the government of the country provided for the need to extend the testing and quarantine requirements for citizens of EU countries until April 30.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italian authorities have reported 4.022.653 cases of infection, and 120.807 people have died. Italy ranks eighth globally. According to figures released by Worldometers, more than 3.465.670 people have fully recovered from the disease, while there are still more than 436.170 active cases.

The Italian government has confirmed that it will strengthen the rules for those arriving from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. According to international travel restrictions, tourism in European Union countries remains possible. However, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages leisure travel and urges all persons not to travel abroad unless absolutely necessary.

Due to the pandemic, self-isolation rules for EU travelers, first introduced on March 31, have been extended three times.

Italy faced a total financial loss of EUR 120.6 billion and a 51% decrease in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) contribution in 2020. These figures were all the result of the coronavirus pandemic, as almost all countries around the world have temporarily suspended international travel in order to stop the spread of the virus.

In addition, more than 330.000 people employed in the Italian tourism industry lost their jobs last year, facing many problems. In an attempt to revive the country's tourism sector last month, Italian authorities introduced an "islands without COVID" vaccination plan to vaccinate all islanders.

Starting April 12, Lombardy, Piedmont, Lazio and most other regions will turn orange. Only Campania, Puglia, Sardinia and Valle d'Aosta remain in the red zone. Thus, those in orange area they will not be able to leave the region or the municipality, but they can travel without restrictions between 05:00 and 22:00, without the need for a declaration

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