Italy to welcome back Brit tourists for holidays with no quarantine from May 16

Pack your bags Brits as Italy will be welcoming holidaymakers from May 16 with no need to quarantine.

Currently anyone in the UK can't leave to go on holiday until May 17 with the green list countries to be announced on Friday evening.

But there's fresh hope for holidays as Italy will allow Brits to enter its country without needing to self-isolate.

The country's Prime Minister Mario Draghi confirmed the news during a recent conference.

Tourists will either been fully vaccinated against coronavirus or show proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Italy will accept both PCR and antigen tests at its borders.

But those who have previously tested positive for Covid will be exempt from any testing requirements if they present a certificate of prior infection upon arrival.

These new requirements apply to countries from Italy's "C" list, which includes the UK, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.

The Italian National Tourist Board commented: "We are delighted that Italy is once again ready and open for business.

"Our cities, coasts, countryside and major attractions are world class and we have implemented robust protocols to keep our visitors safe."

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The board added: "Tourism is one of our most important industries and key to the nation's recovery from the terrible impact of Covid-19.

"Given the latest announcement from the Prime Minister, we are hopeful that Italy will be on the UK government's green list meaning holidaymakers will not have to quarantine on their return and will establish consumer confidence once more in visiting such a popular destination as Italy."

You can find out more information on Italian travel by heading to the tourism website.

This does depend on whether the country features on the UK's green list which is due to be announced at 5pm today (Friday).

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