Italian authorities revealed on Monday that the country will drop all entry rules on June 1.
The news was announced by the Italian Ministry of Health. The ministry said the current requirement to present a COVID pass on arrival in Italy will not be extended when it expires on May 31, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“From June 1, stop the green pass for entry into Italy. The order of the Minister of Health which provides for the Covid-19 green certification (green pass) to enter Italy expires on May 31. The measure will not be extended,” the ministry statement said.
According to the Minister’s statement, from June 1, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will no longer be required to hold a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate when arriving in Italy.
This means that as soon as the new measure comes into force, everyone will be allowed to enter without restriction.
Italy is one of the EU countries that has kept some of the strictest restrictions in place due to the high infection rates it was recording at the start of the pandemic.
Until now, all travelers had to present a vaccination certificate proving that the holder had carried out the primary vaccination within the last nine months or received a booster shot. Italy has also accepted recovery certificates proving that the holder has recovered from COVID within the last nine months, as well as accepted COVID-19 test results.
However, with the summer travel season fast approaching and the majority of other EU/EEA countries dropping their entry rules, Italy has decided to follow suit.
Furthermore, the Italian authorities’ decision to drop their COVID-19 entry rules is believed to follow low infection rates as well as high vaccination rates.
The latest data from the World Health Organization shows that Italy has registered 141,325 new cases of coronavirus infection in the past seven days.
Regarding vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reveals that as of May 19, Italy has administered a total of 136,206,350 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Of the total adult population, 87.4% of them completed the primary vaccination and 77.3% received an additional dose of vaccine.
Besides Italy, a total of 19 other EU/EEA countries have already removed all their restrictions. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland have removed all their rules so far. All travelers are allowed unrestricted entry into these countries.