Italy to reopen for tourists as European travel bubbles emerge

Italy will reopen to tourists from June 3 and scrap its 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

Italy has suffered more than its European neighbours, with over 31,500 recorded deaths due to Covid-19.

While Italy never officially closed its borders, anyone not travelling for work or health reasons had to undergo a two-week isolation period.

Meanwhile, Europe’s first “travel bubble” between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened last week following two months of travel restrictions.

“Because of the discipline, because of the dedicated work, we are reaching the point where we can open up our travel, internal Baltic travel, we can open up our borders,” said Latvia’s foreign minister, Edgars Rinkevics.

Janis Pinnis, the head of Latvia’s hospitality association, said the reopening of Baltic borders was “an important milestone”

“Hotels and restaurants are looking forward with renewed hope,” he said.

Travellers from outside the region will still need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Germany is also relaxing its quarantine rules for travellers arriving from the European Union, the Schengen passport-free zone and the United Kingdom, with authorities only recommending travellers go into quarantine if they arrive from countries with elevated numbers of infections.

A mandatory two-week quarantine still applies for travellers from countries outside the EU.

While closer to home, Bali has announced it is aiming to reopen to tourists in October.