Italy opens its borders to tourists from Europe from today

Italy continues to weaken the hard lockdown that lasted about three months and opens its borders. From Wednesday, June 3, citizens of the remaining 26 EU States and several other countries, including the UK, Norway, and Switzerland, are allowed to enter the country. At the same time, tourists will not have to observe two-week quarantine due to the threat of a new coronavirus.

Also, Italians themselves are again allowed to travel freely to other regions. During the quarantine, there were strict restrictions on leaving the areas. Foreigners were allowed to enter Italy only for important reasons, such as work.

Some experts expressed doubts about the feasibility of lifting restrictions on movement since infection rates in some regions of Italy remain high. According to official data, Lombardy, the most affected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, still has more than 20 thousand active cases of infection.

More than 230 thousand officially confirmed cases of coronavirus

More than 33.5 thousand people have died from the effects of coronavirus infection in Italy since February. In total, since the beginning of the epidemic, about 233 thousand cases of the disease have been detected in the country. Hard knockdown has been in effect in the country since March 10.

In May, restrictions began to ease gradually. Since then, the Italian authorities have repeatedly expressed hope for the return of foreign tourists. Italy’s tourism industry, which accounts for about 15 percent of GDP, lost billions of euros as a result of the crisis.