No more quarantine for Italians returning from abroad and for foreign tourists. Starting from the EU countries. But also from the United States and Israel, where vaccinations are very advanced. Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced that it will be possible to return to travel throughout Italy with a “national green pass”, pending the entry into force of the European green pass scheduled for mid-June. The quarantine obligation for those entering Italy is therefore destined to fall on May 15, because the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza will not renew the current ordinance. A move, that of the government, decided not to lose ground compared to other competing countries such as Greece, which have bet, among other things, on the Covid free islands to revive tourism.
How the green pass works
But how will the national green pass work? The line is the one already indicated in the decree currently in force for “green certifications” that allow Italians to travel for tourism between orange and red regions: the certificate of vaccination, with both doses and only with vaccines authorized by the Ema or the certificate of healing or an antigenic or molecular swab with negative results carried out in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.
It starts with paper documents
To standardize the procedures and duration of the certifications of the various countries there will be a meeting of the ministers of health at the EU level but it is already clear that on May 15 we will start with the paper documents and then move on to the use of the European technological platform on which the green pass and which will be tested for the first time on 10 May.
Stop the quarantine
The opening up to tourism will force the government to review some rules currently in force. The first is the ordinance that defines entry into Italy for those coming from abroad and which expires on May 15: today there is an entry buffer, a 5-day quarantine and a new buffer for those coming from the European Union. and from Great Britain, while for arrivals from the rest of the world – with the exception of states for which entry into our country is prohibited – the duration of the quarantine is 14 days. The new provision will exclude quarantine for those coming from the EU but also from the United States and Israel, where vaccinations are very advanced. However, the limitations for the countries included in the black list will remain.
EU green pass in mid-June
From 16 May it will therefore be possible to return to travel throughout the country with a “national green pass” similar to the one introduced with the latest law decree, which allows travel for tourism even in the orange or red regions, pending its entry into force the European green pass scheduled for mid-June.