After several months of coping with COVID-19, Italy has officially started relaxing quarantine rules and opening its regional and international borders. Starting on June 3rd, it opened its’ borders for travellers from:
- the 26 other members of the EU,
- Schengen Area members including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland,
- Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City,
- the UK.
Tourists arriving from these countries will not face any restrictions upon entering Italy, though depending on their own country’s rules they may be required to quarantine when they return home. Likewise, Italian residents who travel abroad will not be required to quarantine when they return to Italy.
Besides opening its boundaries, Italy also started opening its cultural attractions, although under several new rules of visitation that will ensure greater social distance and higher health standards. If you plan to visit the Colosseum, you will have to purchase the ticket online, have your temperature checked upon entrance and wear the protective mask throughout the whole visit. Some attractions, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, have drastically cut down the number of people who can enter at the same time (15 in the case of the Leaning Tower of Pisa). The Pompeii, on the other hand, offers open-air exhibits only, with designated time slots, one-way paths, and a reduced ticket price.