Italy is being removed from the UK’s travel corridor in a fresh blow to holidaymakers who will have to quarantine for a fortnight on their return from the country.
In a move revealed earlier by the Guardian, Italy – which this week recorded its highest ever daily tally of Covid-19 cases – is being dropped from the dwindling list of locations that UK travellers can visit without facing quarantine when they come home.
Italy last week imposed new requirements meaning visitors from the UK and some other nations must provide evidence of a negative Covid test taken 72 hours before travel – although some Italian airports have been providing tests on arrival.
Italy was one of the last major European holiday hotspots that UK travellers could visit without quarantining on their return, after France and Spain were dropped from the travel corridor in recent months, prompting chaos for tourists. Last year UK residents made more than 5m visits to Italy, according to Office for National Statistics estimates.
Vatican City and San Marino are also being removed from the UK’s travel corridor, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, confirmed on Thursday. The UK’s devolved administrations, who have their own powers to impose travel quarantine restrictions, are making the same changes to remove Italy, Vatican City and San Marino, meaning they are UK-wide.