Italy has imposed new rules on British travellers just in time for the summer holiday season, thanks to the prevalance of the Delta strain across the UK. Italy has now introduced a mandatory quarantine for visitors from the UK, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday, as concerns grow over increasing cases of a highly contagious coronavirus variant.
At the same time, Italy is lifting curbs on travellers from the United States, Canada, Japan and other European Union states if they had a COVID-19 green pass, the minister wrote on Facebook.
A ban on people arriving from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will remain in place, he added.
The news comes as England has postponed its proposed ‘Freedom Day’ originally on June 21, to July 19, following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
A number of European countries have also placed restrictions on UK travellers taking holidays on the continent.
Italy is currently on the UK’s amber travel list, meaning a mandatory at home quarantine is required upon returning.
Britain on Friday said there had been a 79 percent increase in weekly reported cases of the Delta coronavirus variant, which was first identified in India.
The variant now comprises 91 percent of sequenced cases, Public Health England has said.
Deaths are not rising as quickly as they did in the second wave earlier this year.
Promising figures suggest two doses of vaccine work well against the strain, although one is not very effective.