Italy Opens European Travel June 3; Could Expand on June 15

Cafes in a coastal village in Cinque Terre, Italy
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Over the weekend, Italy lifted some lockdown measures, allowing shops, hairdressers and restaurants to reopen after two months. The country additionally announced that it will open its borders with Europe and within its own regions starting June 3, according to Italy’s The Local.  

From June 3, Italy will drop the quarantine requirement from people arriving from the European Union, the additional Schengen Zone members of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. Although these travelers will not be forced to self-isolate upon arrival, depending on their own country’s regulations, they may be required to do so upon returning home. Restrictions will remain in place if these travelers have visited countries outside of the approved list in the 14 days prior to arrival in Italy.

The announcement says that the above travelers will have the opportunity to enter Italy through at least June 15. Italy is expected to rule whether or not to expand (or continue) the rules on June 14.

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Other countries in Europe, according to The Guardian, are following a similar path. Spain, it says, is planning to resume some level of travel and tourism at the end of June. Roughly three-quarters of the country has been allowed to lift select lockdown measures, with people now able to meet in groups of 10. Spain will likely remove its quarantine restrictions at the end of June, when it would fully reopen its borders. Currently, cities like Madrid and Barcelona are not among the portions of the population that have seen restrictions lifted.

At the same time, Greece reopened the Acropolis to visitors, as the country announced Greece nationals are allowed to travel freely and visit Crete and Evia—the country’s two largest islands. In Ireland, some businesses are now open and up to four people from different households can meet as long as they obey social distancing.

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