Tourism Minister of Italy says the pass that the country will introduce from the middle of May for travelers clear of COVID-19 will be valid also for arrivals from outside the European Union.
“This will be for everybody, especially for tourists from outside the EU,” Massimo Garavaglia told SkyTg24.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi says an EU travel pass will come in the middle of June. It will allow easy travel across the continent for the vaccinated or just tested negative. Or it could prove they had recently recovered from the virus.
In advance of the European green pass for travel, Italy has introduced a national green pass. It will allow Italian tourism to become “a sector as strong as it was before the pandemic, if not even stronger”.
The pass, which is going to be available from 16 May, will certify that the person is vaccinated, carries COVID-19 antibodies, or has carried out a COVID-19 test in the 48 hours prior to travel.
EU travel pass
The Italian announcement followed the European Commission’s suggestion last week that countries should open borders to vaccinated non-EU travelers. Although the final decision is down to each individual member state.
Italy has been hesitant to announce firm dates for relaxing restrictions amid a still-high infection rate. And also a relatively slow vaccine rollout.
The Italian tourism industry is worth around 13 percent of GDP before the pandemic hit. It is one of the sectors worst-hit by the coronavirus crisis.
There are also efforts to reopen Europe to travelers from countries like the U.S., which is doing well on vaccinations but doesn’t have an internationally recognized certificate. Other countries like Canada are also looking to slowly allow cross-border travel again.