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Italy lifts travel restrictions requiring vaccinations or testing

On Wednesday, Italy lifted its remaining pandemic-era entry restrictions, making it easier for foreign tourists to come in as the busy summer tourist season picks up.

“From June 1, 2022, a green pass or equivalent certificate is no longer required to enter Italy,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement. Previously, travelers were required to present a coronavirus vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery from an illness, or a negative test result to bypass the five-day quarantine.

Despite the European Union waiving the mandatory wearing of face masks on air travel last month, Italy will maintain face mask requirements for a number of vehicles, including commercial aircraft, until June 15. Masks also remain mandatory at indoor sporting events, concert halls, theaters and other venues, according to the announcement.

The change comes as Italy sees a decline in the number of coronavirus cases. Daily cases in the country have dropped 19 percent over the past seven days, with 212 new cases per 100,000 people, according to tracking data compiled by The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Italy had previously eased other restrictions, ending the use of its passenger search form in early May and lifting the Green Pass requirement for many locations. The country’s tourism experts are gearing up for a busy summer. “In terms of tourism here in Italy, it’s definitely making a comeback,” Clio Moricini, Segreta’s head of Italy travel and events, told The Washington Post last month in an email.

The country joins other nearby destinations that have lifted all entry requirements in recent months. The UK lifted its remaining travel restrictions in March, following countries like Ireland and Norway.

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