Italy to allow travel to and from abroad from 3rd June

An airport employee wearing a “Smart-Helmet” portable thermal scanner checks the temperature of passengers and staff at the Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy, on 11 May 2020

Italy’s government on Saturday approved a decree which will allow travel to and from abroad from 3 June in a major development as it moves to unwind one of the world’s most rigid coronavirus lockdowns.

The government will allow free travel across the country from that same day. Some regions had pushed for a swifter rollback, but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has insisted on a gradual return to normal to prevent a second wave of infections.

More than 31,600 Italians have died of Covid-19 since the outbreak came to light on 21 February, the third-highest death toll in the world after that of the United States and Britain.

Shops are due to open on 18 May and the government decided that all movement within individual regions should be allowed that same day, meaning people will be able to visit friends, Tontrends report

The inter-regional and foreign travel ban will remain in place until after Italy’s 2 June Republic Day holiday, preventing any mass travel over that long-holiday weekend.

But all travel curb will be lifted from 3 June – a major milestone on Italy’s road to recovery, with the government hoping to salvage the forthcoming vacation season, when Italians traditionally escape the cities for their annual summer breaks.