British holidaymakers have been left bewildered by Italy’s new Covid testing rules for arrivals from the UK with some planning to cancel holidays to the country.
“I’ll have to cancel the whole trip now. I can’t take [the] risk of pos test and quarantining on arrival, and no time to get test here now before. GUTTED,” wrote one Twitter user in response to the rule, which was announced by Italy’s Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, on Wednesday.
Britons arriving in Italy must now present evidence of a negative Covid test – or agree to take a test on arrival.
Mr Speranza announced the rule change on Twitter, explaining that it would come into effect from Wednesday. However, as late as 5pm on Wednesday Britons were arriving at Rome’s Ciampino airport without facing any health checks.
The rule change, which was confirmed by the UK’s Foreign Office on Thursday, means that if a UK traveller were to test positive after arriving in Italy they could up to several weeks of quarantine.
Meanwhile, not all Italian airports have testing facilities in place and a private test in the UK can cost around £150 with labs saying they cannot guarantee results in 24 hours.
Italy’s growing list of high-risk destinations already included Spain, Croatia, Greece and Malta, based on infection rates – the UK’s seven-day case load is now 136.8 per 100,000, compared to Italy’s 31.5.
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