Italy has decided to allow – from June 3 – unrestricted travel between other Schengen nations and Italy, as well as within Italy. A decision in this regard was recently taken in a session of the Council of Ministers.
As per a notice published on the website of the Italian government, the Council of Ministers has approved a decree-law introducing further urgent measures for dealing with the emergency situation caused by COVID-19.
As of now, the measures will be limited to residents that were in the Schengen Area, which is Europe’s visa-free zone. This clarification was made by the Italian government after the initial announcement.
The decree foresees the Italian borders to reopen on June 3. With the restriction being lifted both on travel to and from abroad as well as within the country, even residents of Italy will again be able to travel freely from one region to another.
Despite the borders scheduled to be reopened from June 3, the decision can be annulled in case the situation in Italy regarding the rate of COVID-19 infections takes a turn for the worse.
According to the decree, travel to and from abroad might be limited only by state measures, that will also be relative to specific territories and States.
The decree, while specifying June 3 as the day for the Italian borders to be reopened, does not mention the safety and health measures that will be undertaken for travellers that will be arriving in Italy after June 3.
While certain regions had asked Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to lift the restrictions sooner, PM Conte has been more in favour of a gradual rollback of restrictions in order to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
As per a news report by Deutsche Welle [DW], “Travelers will also not be required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Italy after June 3.”
With a lessening in the rate of COVID-19 infections reported from different areas, there has been a rising demand for the Schengen Area to resume the borderless travel that it is best known for.
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