Italy is backing out. This Thursday July 9, the Italian government made the decision to close borders to people from 13 countries. Considered as "at risk" by the Italian health authorities, they are not allowed to stay in Italy.
In concrete words, here is the list of countries targeted by the ban: Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Chile, Brazil, Koweit, Northern Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Dominican Republica, and Peru. Prime Minister Roberto Speranza explained his motives in a release: "We cannot waste the outcomes of the sacrifices Italians agreed to do these past months". As of today, Italy records 193 new cases and 12 deaths in 24 hours.
And yet, back to mid-may, the country voted a measure allowing, starting June 3rd, the reopening of the borders to foreign tourists from the European Union and the Schengen area. Starting from that day, foreign travelers wishing to go to Italy no longer have to stay in mandatory quarantine.
These measures, voted at the end of the Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, respects the “legal order of the European Union” the Italian government’s release reads, adding yet to this statement that it can evolve depending on a possible “epidemiological risk”.
As for them, Italians are allowed to freely move within their region again starting May 18th. Since June 3rd, they can travel freely across the entire country. The legendary Colosseum in Rome, as well as the Vatican museums have reopened on June 2. For the record, the tourism sector represents about 13% of Italy’s GDP.
Will EU tourists be there? This is the question many professionals of the sector wonder. Italy has been one of the European countries the most badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with over 33,500 deaths, mainly in Lombardy, in the northern part of the country.
Other European countries are about to welcome tourists soon such as Spain and Greece. As for French people's holidays, Edouard Philippe guaranteed on May 14th that all French will be able to go on vacations in July and August, everywhere across France and overseas.