Italy holidays: Foreign Office warning as Italy launches even stricter COVID testing

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Italy holidays may still be allowed by the UK government but Italian authorities are ramping up entry restrictions. Last week, new rules for COVID-19 testing requirements were unveiled. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) shared the latest travel advice.

“A negative COVID-19 test result is required when you arrive in Italy from the UK,” explained the FCDO.

“The test needs to have been carried out in the 72 hours prior to your travel and should be a molecular (PCR) or an antigenic test. You’ll be asked to show proof of your test date and result at the border.

“You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

“Alternatively, you can take a free COVID-19 test at the airport when you arrive in Italy. You will have to self-isolate at your hotel or accommodation until you get the results back from your test.”

The FCDO continued: “At some airports, fast testing is available, and you will be able to get your results within an hour. 

“At these airports, you usually won’t be allowed to leave until your results are available. 

“Check the website of the airport you are flying to for more information on their process and operating times.

“Remember that if you test positive, you will be quarantined until two consecutive negative tests have been recorded.

“The time spent in quarantine can vary greatly from a few days to several weeks. Travellers should be prepared for this eventuality.

“Some airports in Italy do not have COVID-19 testing facilities. If you are flying to one of these airports (or if the facility is closed when you arrive) then you will be required to self-isolate and take a test at an alternative facility within 48 hours of your arrival instead. 

“You should call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are in to arrange this. You can be fined if you do not comply with this requirement.

“Even if you don’t need to book a test, you still need to call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours of your arrival to inform them of your visit.”

It’s not just British travellers that must be tested though.

As the latest FCDO update explained, other countries also need to show proof of a negative test.

“Travellers arriving into Italy from Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, The Czech Republic and France must also undertake the compulsory COVID-19 test,” stated the Foreign Office.

This means that any Britons who may be travelling in Europe before heading to Italy must be fully prepared.

No matter which country you’re arriving from, a certain amount of administration will be required.

“All travellers to Italy must download and complete a self-declaration form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travel,” warned the FCDO.

“You must provide this to your airline/transport provider, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.”

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