ROME – Quarantine “essential” for non-Schengen travellers

It is imperative that all measures to ensure travellers entering Italy from outside the Schengen Area are tested negative to the virus are enforced, said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, adding that it is the correct approach to “take all possible measures to strengthen the control over people coming from countries with a high infection rate.”

“That is why the decree that I signed on 30 June enforces a mandatory 14-day-quarantine period for travellers from outside Schengen. Swabs upon arrival are a further measure, but cannot substitute quarantine, which is essential,” said Speranza.

“In the ‘Relaunch decree’, there is a fund worth more than €32 million available for local administrations to lease rooms from hotels and similar structures to be used for the quarantine,” said the minister, adding that “those funds can be used to provide structures with nurses and health personnel for the sanitisation of spaces and training of hotel staff.”

(Alessandro Follis |

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