Italy tightens COVID-19 restrictions in several regions

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Published on Feb 28, 2021 | Last updated on Jun 8, 2021

(Reuters, 27.02.2021). General strike expected to affect air, rail, road travel on 7, 8 March (Milano Today, 22.02.2021). Government extends ban on nonessential travel between regions until 27 March (Reuters, 22.02.2021). Transport strikes planned in country in February and March; Airport personnel 19 February & 23 March; General strike 8 March; Local buses and trams 26 March (Media Reports, 15.02.2021). Italian authorities suspend flights from Brazil because of new COVID-19 strain (Reuters, 16.01.2021). Italy to extend COVID state of emergency to end of April (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

The government has signed into effect an ordinance in effect from 14 February-5 March 2021 banning entry or passage through Italy for persons who have been in or passed through Brazil in the previous 14 days. The only exceptions are for persons who were legally resident in Italy prior to 13 February or flight crews who are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. In any case, such persons must take a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Italy (with a negative result) and a second test within 48 hours of arriving in Italy. Regardless of the test results on arrival, such persons must then quarantine for 14 days and take an additional COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period.
 Secondly, the ordinance requires are persons who have been in or passed through Austria in the previous 14 days to take a COVID-19 test in the 48 hours prior to arriving in Italy (with a negative result) and a second test within 48 hours of arriving in Italy. Regardless of the test results on arrival, such persons must then quarantine for 14 days and take an additional COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period.
 Third and finally, the use of “COVID-tested” flights without the usual requirement for a 14-day quarantine period has been extended by the ordinance to 15 March 2021. These flights originate from Frankfurt’s Frankfurt-am-Main Airport, Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport, New York’s JFK and Newark Liberty airports, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport. To be a COVID-tested flight, boarding must only be granted to passengers with a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 48 hours prior to boarding. Persons arriving from New York’s JFK or Newark airports or Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport must take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival at Fiumicino airport. In this regard, please note that FAO continues to apply a precautionary measure of 14 days-teleworking upon arrival from abroad, prior to access the HQ.
 
 The Host Government issued the latest legislative decree that replaces the provisions of the 3 December 2020 decree and is in effect from 16 January – 5 March 2021. The Italian government approved a new legislative decree which extends the ban on interregional travel until 27 March 2021.