Spain, France, Italy & Netherlands: FCDO issues new warnings as travel rules overhauled


COVID-19 restrictions are in place in Italy, including the mandatory use of masks in all outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible, and while indoors.

Mask rules are slightly different during the festive period.

The FCDO states: “You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times.

“Masks are mandatory at all times in yellow zones and in some town and city centres during the festive period.”

Social distancing of one metre must be observed and gatherings “should be avoided”.

Italy is also using “green passes” for public venues.

The FCDO states: “A ‘Green Pass’, also known as an EU digital COVID certificate, is needed to travel in Italy and to access hospitality and leisure venues.

“A Green Pass certifies full vaccination, recovery or negative test result. It is required for activities including indoor seating in bars and restaurants, museums, exhibitions, sporting events, fairs, civil or religious ceremonies and large events.”

Anyone found to have forged their green pass can face a fine of “up to €3,000 (approximately £2,500) or a prison sentence.”

Britons are still permitted to enter Italy at the time of writing.

The FCDO states: “If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.”

Travellers must fill in a passenger locator form before entering Italy and show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours before arrival or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before arrival.

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