Italy reduces quarantine to 5 days for travelers from Israel

Italy will allow passengers from the United Kingdom, Austria and Israel to undergo a shorter, five-day quarantine on entering the country under new regulations that take effect on Tuesday.

From April 7-30, these travelers can forgo a two-week quarantine to enter Italy.

The three countries have been included in a list of over 30 countries, most in the European Union, in which the mandatory quarantine is shortened to five days from 14.

The new rules take effect Tuesday reflect, in part, the progress of vaccination campaigns in Israel and Britain.

In Austria, however, the two-week quarantine is still in effect for those from the Tyrol, where the South African coronavirus variant has been circulating.

People from countries on the list with fewer restrictions still have to submit a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Italy, and take a second test following their five-day quarantine.

People wearing face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, walk over a bridge in central Rome, Sunday, March 14, 2021. Italians across the country made the most of a last weekend of relative freedom, before a strict new lockdown is imposed to curtail rising coronavirus infection numbers. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)