Italy holidays: FCO issues major quarantine update for travellers visiting popular hotspot

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Italy struggled with high cases of coronavirus earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic came to a head. However, Italy managed to get its case rate under control and has subsequently become a favourite among tourists. Italy is currently exempt from Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”, reads the website.

The FCDO added: “The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have updated their country page for Italy relating to an increase in COVID-19 case numbers in Sardinia.”

Today, the FCDO updated its information on testing and quarantine arrangements for travellers entering Italy.

Here’s everything you need to know about the FCDO’s latest update.

Britons entering Italy do not have to justify their reason for travelling to the country.

However, all arrivals are being urged to complete a self-declaration form from the Ministry of Interior before they travel.

Travellers must give this to their airline or transport provider or to border police if they are stopped.

Some travellers are “forbidden” from entering the country if they have stayed or transited through certain countries in the two weeks before they arrive in Italy.

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From August 12, travellers visiting Italy from Malta, Spain, Greece and Croatia must undertake a compulsory COVID-19 test.

The FCDO’s latest update regarding testing reads: “If you are tested for coronavirus in Italy and receive a positive result, then you will be held in a quarantine facility until two consecutive negative tests have been recorded. This may be a lengthy process.”

Those arriving in Italy from the UK don’t usually have to self-isolate on their arrival.

The only time Britons will need to self-isolate is if in the last 14 days they have stayed or transited through a country where arrivals require self-isolation.

The FCDO says: “If these conditions apply to you, then you must report promptly to the local health authorities and self-isolate for 14 days.”

However, there are slightly different measures in place for those travelling to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.

Travellers must be able to show that they have received a negative coronavirus test in the last 48 hours, or agree to take one when they arrive in Sardinia.

Tourists will also need to register their trips in advance.

Sardinia has recorded a recent increase in COVID-19 cases which is why there are now stricter entry requirements.

The UK government has a quarantine threshold of 20 positive tests per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period.

Italy has recorded 16.3 coronavirus cases per 100,000 cases over a seven-day period, at the time of writing.

The country has recorded 294,932 cases of coronavirus, and 35,668 deaths.

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