Italian Ambassador promised to open his country to Russians in summer

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Italian authorities may lift current travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus this summer. This was announced on April 20 by the Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano during his visit to Tomsk.

“I think it will probably happen in the summer. I cannot promise that it will be on June 2, but, undoubtedly, this summer the tourist flow will be resumed, ”he told reporters.

On June 2, Italy celebrates Republic Day.

On April 12, the country’s tourism minister, Massimo Garavaglia, announced Italy’s readiness to restore tourist trips from June. He indicated that Italy will have time to prepare to receive foreign tourists and will comply with all necessary measures to avoid a worsening of the epidemiological situation due to COVID-19.

It is clarified that tourists will either need to complete a full course of vaccination against coronavirus and have a corresponding certificate with them, or present a negative coronavirus test result.

It is also expected to carry out a mandatory mass vaccination of residents of popular tourist destinations in Italy. According to Garavaglia, the country is starting to vaccinate the population of Capri, Ischia and Procida and the Sorrento coast.

On April 16, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced the gradual lifting from April 26 of the quarantine restrictions imposed due to the situation with the coronavirus.

In the meantime, there are strict restrictions in the country: entertainment and sports facilities, bars and restaurants, museums, theaters and cinemas are closed.

According to the Italian Ministry of Health, from April 5 to April 11, the country has seen a decrease in the incidence of COVID-19: 160.5 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants compared to the previous week from 210.8 cases. However, the ministry warned, the figures are still far from safe levels.