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Italy, France and Austria prepare for welcoming visitors

Italy, France and Austria outline plans for easing of restrictions in May and June to enable overseas visitors to return.

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi says the country will introduce its own immunization pass system in mid-May.

This would allow travelers to visit to Italy without the need to quarantine if they can prove that they have recovered from Covid, been vaccinated or tested negative.

It is not yet clear how the pass will be available to British visitors, The Telegraph reports.

Italy might be on the ‘amber list’ when the UK government reveals its traffic light system for overseas travel; so holiday makers would need to self-isolate on their return.

The European Union plans to introduce a digital health pass for visitors. But it might come in June.

Meanwhile, British and foreign tourists with a health pass; either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test, will be able to visit France again from June 9.

France is starting to lift lockdown measures during May with a return to near-normal by June 30, media reports.

Elsewhere, coronavirus tests in Austria will be free for foreign visitors in order to boost tourism.

The country already offers free tests for Austrian citizens and residents.

Much of Europe plans to feature on the amber list when the traffic light categories are out later this week, which fewer than 10 destinations initially on the green list.

The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is offering one free PCR Covid-19 test per visitor on arrival or departure, with results within 24 hours.

It previously offered a free test at the airport just on arrival.

Visitors who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 do not require testing.

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