The Italy’s Health Ministry has the Covid Green light to Maldives and five other non-EU tourist destinations. Other countries include Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt ( only Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam), Dominican Republic and Aruba.

On 28 September 2021, speaking at news conference Health Minister Roberto Speranza said that everyone leaving for the selected countries must have a ‘Green Pass’ showing COVID immunity – either due to vaccination or previous infection – and must also present a negative swab at least 48 hours before departure. In addition, Italians returning to the country will not be required to undergo quarantine if they have presented another negative test, conducted not more than 48 hours before boarding their plane.

These popular destinations for Italians seeking winter sunshine mark an exception from other places outside the European Union, which require quarantine on return to Italy.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza futher stated that COVID-free tourist corridors is only set up on an experimental basis.

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