Italy Update, July 20-24, 2020News 24 July 2020
According to DECREE LAW N. 33 of May 16th 2020 from 3 June, travel to and from the following countries is freely permitted and it is no longer applied the health surveillance and isolation for 14 days (unless people have stayed in different countries during the 14 days before entering Italy): EU Member States; States part of the Schengen Agreement (non-EU States part of the Schengen Agreement are: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland); United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Andorra, Principality of Monaco; the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State.
For the new Decree of July 14th More info – still valid, is mandatory to wear a mask indoors, maintain social distancing, avoid crowds and respect sanitary protocols. Till July 31st is permitted to travel extra EU-Schengen for business, personal purposes and study only, not for leisure. People travelling from extra Eu-Schengen back to Italy have to respect 14 days of quarantine.
The entry into Italy by third-country nationals legally resident in the following states is freely permitted: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, while arrivals in Italy by people who in the previous 14 days have stayed or transited in Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are not allowed. Moreover, to ensure an adequate level of health protection, direct or indirect flights to and from the mentioned countries are also suspended. More info. Information for each country is available on the Foreign Affairs website here.
Airport transit is allowed: those who enter Italy by air can take, without leaving the airport, another aircraft to any national or international destination.
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The Deloitte Global State of Consumer Tracker shared some data on how Italians are facing tourism in the post-COVID-19 era, showing some positive trends. Italian citizens that are willing to spend money on travelling dropped by -64% in April, but at the end of June, the drop has reduced significantly, stopping at -22%. When asked how they are going to spend money for their leisure time in the next few months, the answers showed a 20% growth in hotels, a 16% growth in holiday homes and a 11% growth in national flights, when compared to the answers they had back in April. Millenials are the most optimistic generation since their answers showed growth of +30% and +44% when speaking of domestic flights and hotels respectively. International flights are still seen as not safe (since many foreign countries are just now facing the peak of the epidemic), but the trust in hotels is growing: 40% of the interviewees said they would feel comfortable staying in a hotel (in April, only 20% shared this feeling). More info.
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