THE MINISTER OF HEALTH SIGNS THE PROVISION THAT PROVIDES FOR THE SAME RULES ALREADY IN FORCE FOR CITIZENS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Foreigners arriving in Italy will no longer have to have a Covid test. Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a new ordinance which provides, “starting from March 1st, for arrivals from all non-European countries the same rules already in force for European countries. One of the conditions of the green pass will be sufficient for entry into the national territory: vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test “.
The Covid test will only be necessary for unvaccinated tourists and for those who have been vaccinated with drugs not yet recognized by EMA, such as Sputnik.
It is the turning point that the world of tourism has been waiting for for days. Foreigners who want to come to Italy for the Easter holidays (April 17) will no longer have to deal with the complexity of the rules imposed by the Covid epidemic. The Minister of Health files the lists of the countries of origin and has chosen to focus on the vaccination status of those who cross our borders. The move that Roberto Speranza had been working on for days in line with the other EU ministers is a “strong message”. The measure was taken to encourage tourism as part of the reopening process announced by Prime Minister Mario Draghi: gradually but also decisively, to encourage the return to normalcy and economic growth. With the new ordinance signed by Minister Speranza, the vaccination status of each one counts and not the country of origin and this is because, due to the Omicron variant, the epidemic changes too quickly.
It has already been decided not to recognise Sputnik and all other vaccines that currently as do not qualify for the issuance of the green pass because they have not been approved by the EMA. It is one of the necessary measures to encourage tourism from all those countries that have used drugs other than those recognized in Italy. The use of paper certifications will also be allowed to those coming from countries such as the United States.