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13 Aug 2020 | 12:10 PM UTC

Italy: Authorities make COVID-19 tests mandatory for arrivals from Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Malta August 12 /update 39

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Government makes COVID-19 tests mandatory for arrivals from Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Malta on August 12; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/13/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

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The Italian government made coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests on arrival mandatory for travelers arriving from Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Malta on Wednesday, August 12. The decision comes following a rise in COVID-19 cases in these countries, which are popular holiday destinations for Italians. Italy's Health Minister Roberto Speranza also added that those who travel from or through Colombia will not be allowed to enter the country.

On Monday, August 10, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the current COVID-19 restrictions until September 7. All ongoing restrictions will remain in place. These include the requirement of all individuals to wear face masks on public transport and in public spaces, including in shops, public offices, hospitals and clinics, as well as workplaces where maintaining a social distance of at least 1m (3ft) apart from each other is not possible.

All international arrivals are required to fill out and present a self-declaration form, which can be found here. Currently, there are various travel restrictions in place for those looking to travel to Italy. Information on the restrictions in place for each country can be found here.

As of Thursday, August 13, there have been 251,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy with 35,225 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.

If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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