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Italy closes borders for 13 countries because of COVID-19

Italy is banning the entry of people from 13 countries due to the excessive rates of COVID-19 infections.

Italy’s health ministry compiled the list. It includes North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Western Balkans. Other countries are: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, , Chile, Kuwait, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

The travel ban affects nationals of these countries. But also anyone who traveled through these countries in the past 14 days, health minister Roberto Speranza says.

Italy suspended all direct and transit flights to and from the 13 COVID-19 ‘high-risk’ countries. Flights from Albania are allowed, but not for the country’s nationals, since Albania is not in the EU’s white list.

Earlier, Italy temporary suspended flights from Bangladesh, following a spike of COVID-19 cases among people arriving from Dhaka. Airport authorities in Rome and Milan sent Bangladeshi passengers back on the same planes in which they arrived.

Italy is alert as EU opens borders

Anyone breaking the quarantine rules in Italy’s north-eastern Veneto region will face a €1,000 fine, according to the governor. This is because a Vicenza businessman, after returning from Serbia, was spreading COVID-19.

Italy’s borders are open since June 3 to tourists from the European Union and the Schengen Area. However, travel restrictions are in place for visitors from most countries outside Europe, including the U.S..

From July 1 the EU borders are open to travelers from a list of “safe countries”, whose citizens now have quarantine-free access to the EU. Among them are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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