Italy holidays: Foreign Office updates travel advice for Britons’ summer holiday plans

Italy holidays are likely to be impossible for Britons in the near future because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The nation had over 225,000 cases of the deadly virus, with sadly over 32,000 deaths. Despite, the UK’s eased lockdown rules, advice on travelling abroad has remained the same.


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In fact, British travellers still can’t travel abroad unless it is for “essential” purposes.

Last week, the UK Government announced that anyone flying into the UK from abroad will be faced with 14 days of quarantine.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced yesterday that the measure will not be put in place until June.

Currently, there are options for Britons stranded in Italy to return to the UK.

The FCO has said that travel to Italy is only permitted for essential reasons and that there are rules in place for anyone visiting the country.

The FCO website said: “The Italian authorities have advised against travel for tourism purposes throughout Italy, and that tourists already on holiday in Italy should limit their movements to those necessary to return to the place where they live.

“Travel to Italy is possible only in case of absolute necessity.”

All travellers arriving in Italy from abroad have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Other countries that have this rule in place are Spain, New Zealand, Australia and China, with the UK shortly following suit.

Travellers also have to “carry a form self-certifying their reason for travel to Italy (‘the Self-Declaration Form for Travel’). stating the purpose of their trip to Italy.”

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Visitors also have to report “promptly” to Italy’s health authorities so that they can keep an eye on them.

The FCO continued: “The Italian authorities have announced that these requirements will remain in effect until June 2; and that from June 3, travellers will not be required to self-isolate, providing that for the 14 days prior to their arrival in Italy, they were physically located in their country of departure.

“If intending to travel to Italy via an Alitalia flight, passengers should bring two completed copies of the ‘Self-Declaration Form for Travel’ to the airport.

“Many airports in Italy are closed, or operating a significantly reduced schedule.

“The only daily flights between Italy and the UK are between Rome Fiumicino and London Heathrow.”

The FCO website also declared that there are new rules in place for British visitors looking to travel around the country.

Like the UK, visitors are being advised to avoid using public transport.

It added: “All travellers entering Italy must avoid using public transport and must arrange to be collected, take a taxi or hire a car.

“Train companies have reduced domestic services and suspended international travel.

“Some cross-border bus companies are also cancelling their services.

“Ports remain open for Italian-flagged ships to disembark passengers for transfer to the airport.

“Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations.

“Travellers disembarking from ferries are permitted to transit Italy in their own vehicles, but must complete the journey within 24 hours.

“Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information.”

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