Traveling the world in the time of Covid is possible

Traveling the world in the time of Covid is possible
Traveling the world in the time of Covid is possible

AGI – Traveling abroad and to Italy is possible in many cases, but with notable ones limitations due to Covid that change depending on the destination or origin.

Germany and Portugal do not allow entry for tourism (overnight stays are prohibited in Germany). Australia, Brazil and India remain closed with very few exceptions. In the absence of an international standard for a possible ‘green card’ or vaccination pass, remains one dense jungle of different regulations.

Countries from which it is not possible to return to Italy

At the moment you cannot return to Italy if you have been to Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the last 14 days. The Italian ordinance indicates exceptions to the prohibition, provided there is a swab before departure and after arrival and a period of 14 days of quarantine that ends with another swab. From those countries, however, the return is complicated by the blocking of flights.

The Farnesina, on the traviaresicuri.it website, indicates five groups of countries to which one can travel.

In Group A there are San Marino and the Vatican City State, from and for which there are no restrictions.

No country is included in group B (states and territories with low epidemiological risk).

Group C contains the return countries from which there are no restrictions. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France, (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Israel.

Group D identifies other non-EU countries with low epidemiological risk: Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea (South), Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and other states and territories.

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You arrive at an Indian airport

Group E includes all other states and territories plus Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka which have stricter restrictions.

In any case, tampons at the start are mandatory and each country regulates itself differently.

Germany accepts rapid tests, Spain only molecular tests. Great Britain provides for quarantine, Portugal only for those arriving from certain countries.

For the USA, the possibility of entry is still suspended for travelers who, in the previous 14 days, have been in a country of the Schengen Area (including Italy), in the United Kingdom, in Ireland, in Brazil, in South Africa, China or Iran. There are some exceptions to the entry ban (US citizens and permanent residents or their family members, diplomatic visa holders and others). The exceptions also affect holders or applicants of certain types of visas and are left to the exclusive competence of the US Embassy and consulates in Italy.

Australia is closed for arrivals from anywhere in the world until June 17, 2021.

Who asks for tests

Use: antigenic or molecular, 72 hours before travel
Gb: molecular, 72 hours before the trip
Germany: molecular or rapid, 72 hours before the trip
France: molecular, 72 hours before the trip
Spain: molecular, 72 hours before the trip
Portugal: molecular, 72 hours before the trip
Greece: molecular, 72 hours before the trip (in English). Sample testing after arrival
Switzerland: molecular, 72 hours before the trip
Australia: Molecular, 72 hours before travel
Brazil: molecular, 72 hours before the trip

Quarantine

Australia: 14 days in facilities designated by the state
Germany: 10 days of quarantine (interrupted on the fifth day if molecular test is negative) for those reviving from ‘normal’ risk countries including Italy. The rules change from high-risk countries
France: 7 days for non-EU origins
Spain: no quarantine obligation
Portugal: 14 days for origins from Brazil, South Africa and countries in the special list (not Italy and Schengen area)
Greece: test positive after arrival, 14 days
Switzerland: 10 days for origin from high-risk countries
Australia: 14 days for the very few travelers allowed. Supervised by health and police
Brazil: 14 days for the few admitted to arrive despite closure of borders

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