Italy holidays have been dashed over the past year by the coronavirus pandemic. Both the UK's changing travel rules and those in Italy have made jet-setting very hard indeed. Today, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice for Italy.
Britons are unable to enter Italy until March 5 at the earliest.
"Until March 5, entry into Italy is only permitted for those with official residency or those with absolute necessity, which must be declared in writing," detailed the FCDO in its ongoing advice for Italy.
Anyone who does travel to Italy must adhere to the strict entry requirements.
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"Until March 5, those wishing to fly must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before entry into Italy," said the FCDO.
"You must also take a COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test within 48 hours of entering Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.
"Whatever the result of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days."
Further admin is also required.
The FCDO explained: "You will need to download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel."
The authority also advises: " Consult the Italian Government’s online