The Government of Italy undertook 2 new measures in light of the growing COVID-19 crisis. The country has instructed passengers arriving from Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Malta on an Italy visit visa that they must be tested for COVID-19. Columbia has been added to the list of countries banned to enter the country as a surge in COVID-19 cases has been found there.
On August 12, 2020, Italy had 481 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 pandemic related deaths. The natural move was to take stringent precautionary measures so that the spread of the virus can be kept under check.
PCR testing has been made mandatory for all of those who are arriving from the above-mentioned countries. The order to this effect was signed by Roberto Speranza, Italy’s Health Minister.
A ban on transit passengers and arrivals from Columbia was also announced by the minister. His call to the people of Italy was to be cautious and defend the positive results that the country has attained with the sacrifices made by the people of the country.
Italy’s spiking numbers of pandemic infections had made the US advise its passengers not to travel to Italy for non-essential purposes. Nevertheless, Italian authorities reopened several VACs (Visa Application Centers) abroad. The country followed the example of other EU member states.
New precautionary measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have been demanded of travelers from non-EU countries.
The Italian Ministry of Health also decided to set its borders reopened to the residents of 14 third countries. This happened after the COVID-19 situation in those countries was found to be safe by the EU Council. Also, most of the EU Council’s recommendations were followed by Italy.
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