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Traveling in the fall: updated rules for Europeans (October 2021)
In the vast majority of the EU the Green Pass has become a pass that allows you to move freely, overseas some countries seem ready to reopen: here is a general picture.
The first to reopen were the United States, which on September 20 announced that from November vaccinated tourists will be able to start arriving in the country again after 18 months of border closure. Now it is the turn of Australia, which follows the same procedure for its citizens: after a year and a half of closure, from November Australians will be able to return to travel or re-enter the country, provided that they are vaccinated and that the goal of 80% of the immune population has been reached.
With the progress of the vaccination campaign against covid, in short, several countries have begun to eliminate – some gradually, others more radically – the various restrictions imposed over the past year and a half, and for Italian and European citizens this translates into the possibility of returning to travel for tourism, without undergoing long quarantines that make it impossible to enjoy the vacation. Fundamental requirement in most cases, however, is to have had the vaccine, or alternatively to have a swab with a negative result (which does not apply everywhere).
Tourists saved by corridors
Beyond the general rules currently in force that regulate travel to and from Italy and the regulations of individual countries, the real news for tourism is represented by the activation of the so-called “tourist corridors”. The Italian Ministry of Health has in fact authorized in recent days, on an experimental basis, “Covid-free corridors” for some of the most popular tourist destinations: Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Egypt (limited to the tourist areas of Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam), areas where you can access with Green Pass and respecting a set of rules for a controlled and safe access for tourism.
Where can European citizens travel?
The simplest picture, however, is the European one. Since July, European citizens can travel within the EU borders freely, provided they are in possession of Green Pass, valid as EU Digital Covid Certificate within the Schengen Area. The individual states retain a certain amount of autonomy on any additional measures, which can be taken in case of need (if, for example, the situation makes more stringent controls necessary) and should be checked before departure.
From October 1, and until October 25, according to the regulations, inbound and outbound travel is allowed without the need for a reason (except for any limitations provided in Italy on a regional basis). However, it is always necessary to fill out the Digital Passenger Locator Form, or PLF, which is used both to enter the foreign country and to return home, and obviously it is necessary to present the Green Pass.
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