The Italian government will reopen its borders to EU tourists starting June 3 and will remove the mandatory 14-day isolation for foreign visitors, official sources said Saturday.
These measures were announced after a 10-hour Council of Ministers held from Friday to Saturday night and chaired by the head of government Giuseppe Conte.
The measures will be applied ” in compliance with the links that derive from the legal order of the European Union, ” the statement said. The European borders of the Schengen area are currently closed.
These decisions can be modified based on the ” epidemiological risk ” in the country, where at least 31,500 people have died from the coronavirus.
Tourism is one of the main sectors of the Italian economy and contributes about 13% of GDP.
“The opening of Italian borders to European citizens not only favors tourism, but it also saves crops with the return of some 150,000-daily laborers from Romania, Poland, and Bulgaria, ” said one of the main agricultural unions, Coldiretti.
Starting on June 3, Italians will also be able to travel freely throughout the country, without any restrictions, unless there is a flare-up of the epidemic.
Confined since March 10 and authorized to move only in their municipality for health or work reasons, Italians will be able to move freely from May 18 inside their region, according to the government statement.