Travel to Italy just got easier and just in time for you to live out all “Under The Tuscan Sun” dreams.
After having the “Green Pass” in effect, Italy lifted the order meaning people no longer have to show proof of vaccination to visit restaurants, bars, museums, and more.
There are other perks as well. Proof of vaccination won’t be needed to stay at a hotel or take a train ride across Italy’s scenic countryside.
The move comes as Italy also changed the rules to enter the country after over two years of the pandemic.
As of March 1, the National Tourist Board shared that international travelers only had to show they were fully vaccinated within the last nine months or received a booster shot.
For unvaccinated travelers, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the trip or a negative rapid test taken within 48 hours of the trip can be used. Proof they recovered from COVID-19 within six months is also accepted.
However, when it comes to masks, Italy is remaining diligent.
Dr. Giovanni Rezza told The Associated Press “we should keep up the vaccine campaign, including boosters, and keep up behavior inspired by prudence: wearing masks indoors or in crowded places or wherever there’s a risk of contagion.”
Masks must be worn on planes and on public transportation. Indoor performances, sporting events, state museums, and other state-run attractions will need masks as well.
It comes as the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) has suggested dropping the mask mandate. A number of countries did not agree. On top of Italy– Austria, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Malta, Estonia, Luxembourg, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, and Spain will still require masks for an undetermined amount of time.
Be sure to check with Italy’s tourism board before heading on your trip to be up to date on the latest COVID-19 entry rules.