Trips to Tuscany and sun-soaked holidays on Italian islands might be back on your agenda: despite being one of the hardest-hit countries during the crisis of the past year, Italy is officially open again to European and American tourists along with other nationalities.
This week, Italian health minister Roberto Speranza announced that Italy will allow Americans into the country under the same requirements as the EU's Green Certificate. That means US travelers who can show either proof of vaccination, a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR- or rapid-antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival can travel to the Mediterranean country without having to quarantine upon arrival.
Travelers form Canada and Japan were also cleared for travel this week. The three countries join all member states of the EU, the UK and the European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) – which were approved for travel to Italy back in May.
And Italy is just the latest country to let in American this summer. Following the US being placed on the EU's white list, Switzerland, Portugal and others have all announced plans to let in US travelers for tourism.
So, if you've been craving proper Neapolitan pizzas and scoops of real gelato for over a year, they're waiting for you… as soon as you can get there.
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.