With its ancient architecture, revered renaissance art, cobbled narrow laneways, fields of rolling vineyards, and cuisine intertwined in its culture – Italy is not surprisingly high on many Australians travel to-do lists.
Now, after years of lockdowns and border closures, we can say Arrivederci to the last of the travel restrictions.
Australians and New Zealanders can finally pack for an Italian summer holiday minus the mask.
From mid-June, Italy dropped the requirement for masks on public transport and in indoor venues. You can now enjoy the theatre, cinemas and attend concerts without the need for a mask. You can also enter Italy without a Green Pass or equivalent certificate.
Italian National Tourist Board manager for Australia and New Zealand, Emanuele Attanasio says, “the thousands of local travellers heading to Italy soon will be pleased to hear that they’ll be visiting the Italy they know and love as things return to normal.”
Au revoir to PCR
In May, Greece followed Switzerland’s lead and dropped the need for proof of vaccination. You also don’t need a negative (PCR) test to travel to its shores.
You do, however, need to wear a mask in indoor spaces. In Switzerland, you no longer need to wear face masks or present COVID-19 certificates to enter public spaces.
Meanwhile, it’s Bon Voyage for those setting off for France too. All restrictions were lifted in March, including the need for a PCR. Face masks are only required on public transport.
A negative pre-departure test is also not required in Austria, however, in Vienna, masks are required on public transport.
A taste of Italy
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