Italy bans leisure travel from Singapore until 31 January

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. (PHOTO: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore residents will not be allowed to travel to Italy for leisure from Thursday (16 December) until 31 January next year.

According to the Italian embassy in Singapore, the Italy health ministry had on Tuesday placed Singapore and Brunei on its list of countries deemed to be of higher risk of COVID-19 infections.

Travellers from Singapore may enter Italy only for specific purposes, such as for work, health or study reasons, to return to one's residence, or out of absolute urgency.

Travelling for tourism is not allowed except for specific cases, such as if the traveller is a citizen of a European Union member state, has a partner staying in Italy, or is participating in a major sports competition.

For those who can travel to Italy in this period, they will have to serve a 10-day self-isolation at a declared address, and take a molecular or antigenic test at the end of the isolation.

Travellers from Singapore will still be able to transit through Italy's airports to other destinations, provided they do not exit designated areas within the airports.

Singapore had established a unilateral vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with Italy on 19 October, and it has not been immediately affected by Italy's travel ban. This means that fully-vaccinated travellers can still use the VTL for quarantine-free travel from Italy to Singapore.

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