Italy flights: UK travel ban to end – will they extend?

Italy announces a suspension of all foreign travel from the UK

Italy announced it would be restricting travel from the UK before Christmas on December 20. This ban was in place until January 6 and meant that all forms of travel including flights would see restrictions but that was extended until today. Does it look like Italy will lift their travel ban?

It is not yet known what action the country will take but the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) regularly updates its travel advice for Britons.

It states on the website that travellers due to travel are urged to contact their travel operator if affected.

There are only certain reasons why entry into the country from the UK is allowed and this is listed on the FCDO website.

It explains that entry into Italy from the UK is only permitted for those with official residency in Italy or those with absolute necessity.

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Those entering for essential reasons must declare their visit in writing. 

The FCDO added: “If you are a UK national resident in Italy, we advise carrying proof of your residence when entering Italy.”

The current rules are that those wishing to fly must present the airline with a negative coronavirus rapid antigenic or molecular swab.

Coronavirus tests must be taken before travelling but no more than 72 hours before. 

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Once travellers have entered Italy, there is also another rapid antigenic or molecular swab to take within 48 hours of entering the country. 

The FCDO said: “Arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.

“Whatever the result of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities on arrival and must self-isolate for 14 days.”

In addition to the above, travellers into the country must also provide further information.

The FCDO states that all travellers must “download and complete a self-declaration form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travel.

“You must provide this to your airline/transport provider, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.”

Travellers will also need to download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before travelling.

The FCDO added: “From 1 January 2021, UK nationals, residents in Italy by 31 December 2020, will need to show proof of residence when re-entering Italy. This could include an identity card, a registration certificate or a utility bill in your name.

“Consult the Italian Government’s online questionnaire (in English) for more advice on entry requirements and travel to Italy.”

Once entering Italy, there are also certain restrictions that travellers must be aware of.

There are containment measures that vary from region to region and there are limits to movement on a national level.

For those returning to the UK from Italy, self-isolation is also compulsory because it is not on the UK’s travel corridor list.

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