Italy tightens COVID protocols, removes USA from safe travel list

 Thursday, September 2, 2021 

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Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for American travellers on the heels of the European Union removing the USA from its safe travel list.

The most dramatic policy changes affect unvaccinated travellers who are still welcome to enter the country, so long as they take the time to self-isolate.

But, vaccinated travellers will have to jump through additional hoops of new testing requirements. Travellers can offer proof of vaccination through a paper card with a CDC logo.

All travellers who have been in the USA in the past 14 days need to follow Italy’s heightened protocols before entry.

All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must:

Take a molecular or antigenic swab coronavirus test and get a negative result within 72 hours before arrival. Children under 6 are exempt.

Fill out a digital passenger locator form, which aids contact tracing efforts if a traveller is exposed to COVID-19 during a trip.

Unvaccinated people who cannot show proof of recovery must self-isolate for five days and get tested again after that period.

According to the U.S. Embassy’s website, antigen tests in Italy cost about $25, and PCR tests cost about $75.

Before Italy’s newest entry mandates, all U.S. travellers had to submit a passenger locator form and show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a recent negative coronavirus test.

Monday, the EU said it no longer recommends its 27 member states ease restrictions on nonessential travel for all Americans as COVID-19 cases spike.

The USA averages more than 150,000 new cases per day.

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