Italy reopens its international borders

Published on : Monday, May 17, 2021

On Sunday, Italy formally opened its international borders for restriction-free travel for visitors from few selected countries of the world. As it appeared that few made the most of this eased travel rules on their first day, businesses in the capital city, Rome, are all equipped now.

Several streets, parks and squares in Rome got filled-up with visitors over the weekend. However, most of them were the locals.

Travelers from European Union member states, Britain, and Israel, as of Sunday have the right to enter Italy without any constraints if they could produce a recent negative test report of coronavirus, proof of vaccination, or they had recovered from the virus in the last six months.

The change in the rule provides the Rome business owners optimism in terms of their prospects, in many cases for the first time in months.

To quote Marco Ciocci, manager of a coffee bar with a view of Rome’s Colosseum, “Nobody expected a flood of foreign arrivals the first day, but it will be nice to hear foreign languages in the bar again. We’ve all struggled without tourism since last year. This is a welcome change.”

Anna Maria Spataro, a clerk in a clothing shop in Rome’s Campo Marzio district, approved on this.

“I think one of the reasons I got my job was because I speak English, French and German, but I have to admit I have hardly used the languages recently,” she said in an interview with Xinhua.

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