Italian health ministry officials said Wednesday that starting from February 1 all visitors from European Union countries will be exempt from the Covid-19 restrictions.
In a statement, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced that travellers from EU countries would only need a “green pass.” The green pass is a document that shows proof of immunity to Covid-19 from vaccination, previous infection, or negative testing.
Due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus, Italy had ordered all EU visitors to take a test before departure on December 14.
Speranza’s order also extends the official approval of travel to a number of non-European tourist destinations, including Cuba, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand (the island of Phuket), Oman and French Polynesia.
Italian authorities set up these free-travel corridors in September 2021, including the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt (but only Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam), Dominican Republic, and Aruba.
In total, 167,206 Covid-19 cases were reported in Italy on Wednesday, down from 186,740 the day before, while the number of deaths was down to 426 from 468.