Can I travel to Italy from the UK? Quarantine rules, air bridge plans and coronavirus restrictions explained

HOLIDAYS to Italy can go ahead as the country is confirmed to be one of the UK's air bridge destinations.

The government has announced that holidays can go ahead without quarantining at either end from July 10.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained the list of countries was finally ready and the nation could finally plan to get away.

He told Sky News: “There will be a list of 50-plus countries. If you add in the overseas territories (there will be) 60-something-or-other that will be announced later today.

“France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be on that list.”

He added: “It’s not coming in til 10th of July, the end of the quarantine, so there is still time for other parts of the four nations to join.”

Mr Shapps explained all passengers would have to fill out a “passenger locator form”, allowing governments to know where each visitor was going and for how long.

The new rules only apply to English travellers – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may have different restrictions.

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Italy.

Can I travel to Italy on holiday now?

Brits can go back on holiday to Italy from July 10 without needing to quarantine.

Italy has already lifted their travel restrictions, with tourists returning to the country last month without isolating on arrival.

Now, the UK has lifted the two-week quarantine for anyone returning to the country from Italy.

The Foreign Office is yet to update their latest advice but it is likely to explain that just temperature checks and visual health checks will be needed going forward.

Are there any restrictions in Italy I need to know about?

Some regions have additional restrictions – according to the Foreign Office, tourists travelling to the island of Sardinia, are required by the local authority to register the trip in advance.

Face masks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and public transport, while some regions are enforcing them in all spaces.

However, hotels and attractions have reopened, including the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, although rules on capacity and face masks are in place.

Many restaurants, beach facilities and other venues are asking guests to provide their name and contact details before using their services.

Are flights running to Italy?

A limited schedule of flights has been running to Italy, primarily for repatriation flights and cargo flights.

Ryanair, Jet2 and Alitalia have now resumed flights to Italy with the majority of major airports open.

Some airlines are restricting hand luggage on flights so it is advised to check before travelling.

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