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3rd June 2020 will see Italy open its borders to the rest of Europe

On 19th May, via its Decree n. 34/2020 the Italian Government established that, starting on 3rd June 2020, all borders between Italy and the rest of Europe will be reopened, including those separating member states of the European Union, countries part of the Schengen area and Switzerland. For this reason, starting 3rd June 2020, all movement to and from foreign countries can only be limited by state regulations, including those relating to specific states and territories, provided they be adequate and proportional to the current level of epidemiological risk, and in line with the restrictions that derive from EU legislation and international obligations (art. I, paragraph 4, D.L. n. 33/2020).

On 3rd June 2020, all limitations that would apply to those travelling across Italian borders to and from Europe will be lifted. There will no longer be a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days and travellers will be able to move freely to and from Italy once again.

 The Ministry of Transport has already issued guidelines for recreational boating, both private and charter, and for marinas. These activities are already operational. Until 3rd June, all sailing will be allowed within Regional borders. Moving units for work-related reasons, to deliver yachts, maintenance, etc., is not restricted anymore; until 3rd June all personnel arriving from abroad must a) leave the country within 72 hours, b) complete, onboard if necessary, a 14-day quarantine period.

As an overview, here is a list of countries and their current restrictions with regards to crossing Italian borders. (updated as of 23rd May 2020)

France: open borders with Italy for confirmed essential reasons; movement is permitted up to 100km from one’s residence

Spain: open borders with Italy for confirmed essential reasons; mandatory 14-day quarantine

Germany: open borders with Italy for confirmed essential reasons; mandatory 14-day quarantine except for brief stays due to work/logistics-related reasons

UK: no current restrictions are in place, however from 8th June visitors must self-isolate for 14 days

Austria: access via land is allowed for a limited number of reasons provided you can provide a medical certificate confirming you tested negative for Covid-19 or you self-isolate for 14 days. Breaking news from ANSA – BOLZANO, 23rd May – Tourists from Germany and Switzerland may travel through Austria in order to enter Italy. As the Ministry of the Interior in Vienna has stated, it is now possible to travel through Austria, provided travellers do not plan to stop along the way.

Slovenia: access from Italy is permitted; mandatory 14-day quarantine except for when transporting goods or passing through

Croatia: access granted to EU citizens for work-related or essential reasons; access is also granted to owners of real estate or boats across the border; no quarantine necessary

Montenegro: access has been suspended except for exceptional circumstances such as transporting goods; mandatory quarantine (14 days) followed by 14 days of self-isolation

Greece: access suspended except for exceptional circumstances; mandatory quarantine (14 days); movement heavily restricted, smaller islands are now inaccessible

Malta: access granted for confirmed essential reasons; mandatory quarantine (14 days); partial curfew in place

Turkey: access suspended except for exceptional circumstances; movement heavily restricted; curfew in place

Russia: access denied to foreigners; mandatory quarantine of 14 days

UAE: access denied to foreigners except for exceptional circumstances; mandatory quarantine (14 days)

Qatar: access denied to foreigners; mandatory quarantine of 14 days

Singapore: access denied to foreigners except for exceptional circumstances; mandatory quarantine (14 days)

Hong Kong: access denied to foreigners except for exceptional circumstances; mandatory quarantine (14 days)

USA: access suspended from the Schengen Area, except for exceptional circumstances

China: access denied to foreigners except for exceptional circumstances; mandatory quarantine (14 days)

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