Travellers from France to Italy are subject to tighter entry rules as of Thursday, December 16.

For vaccinated travellers, a PCR test of less than 48 hours or an antigen test of less than 24 hours will also be needed.

For unvaccinated travellers, the same test requirements will be needed plus a five-day self-quarantine at a given address.

According to the UK government’s website: “Exemptions from testing may apply if you are transiting Italy in a private vehicle for less than 36 hours or travelling for proven reasons of work, health or absolute necessity, for less than 120 hours. You must still complete a passenger locator form.”

The Health Ministry’s decision to impose a test on people arriving from European Union countries from December 16 to January 31 extended a requirement which was already in force for many non-EU countries, including the UK.

The latest decision met with the disapproval of the European Commission, which favours common rules to travel within the bloc based on a so-called Green Pass certificate proving vaccination against the virus.

“These individual decisions of the member states will damage … the trust of the people that there are equal conditions everywhere in Europe,” Commission vice president Vera Jourova told a news conference in Brussels.

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