Italy will loosen its rules for arrivals from other European countries, including France and Monaco, from Saturday, May 15. Until then it is not permissible for visitors to take short trips across the border without quarantining, unless in transit.

Premier Mario Draghi said on May 4: “The time has come to book your holidays in Italy. He added: “Our mountains, our beaches, our cities are reopening.”

Until May 15, visitors arriving in Italy from the EU and Monaco are required to quarantine for five days on arrival. This is expected to be dropped as part of the country’s opening-up policy and full details of the changes due to come in on May 15 will be published during this week.

The coronavirus situation in Italy is improving gradually, and on Sunday, May 9, 8,292 new cases and 139 new deaths were reported. According to, 27.4 percent of Italians have received a first dose of vaccine and 12 percent have had two doses.

FILE PHOTO: People enjoy a Sunday at the beach as coronavirus restrictions ease around the country, in Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/File Photo