Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Italy’s world-famed architecture, art, history and gastronomy has long secured its ranking as a favourite among tourists. Visitors flock to enjoy its cultural riches – Italy has more Unesco World Heritage Sites than any other country on earth – chill out in spectacular landscapes, and gorge on pizza, pasta and gelato. More than 3 million Brits visit Italy every year.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites Spain and France made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Italy and Vatican City have been removed from travel corridors list (as of October 18), meaning travellers must quarantine when returning to the UK.
Manager for UK & Ireland of the Italian Tourist Board (ENIT), Flavio Zappacosta said: “It is, of course, very disappointing to learn of the announcement that Italy has been removed from the UK’s safe travel list today. Our cities, coasts, countryside and major attractions are world class and we have implemented robust protocols to keep our visitors safe so this is a very disappointing development for tourism in Italy and will surely delay our recovery.
“Tourism is one of our most important industries and key to the nation’s recovery from the terrible impact of Covid-19. We would like to see testing at UK airports implemented as soon as possible as this could help alleviate the quarantine issue and establish consumer confidence once more in visiting such a popular destination as Italy.”