Friday 18 June 2021 2:30 pm

Italy imposes mandatory five-day quarantine on Brits

Brits who travel to Italy will be forced to quarantine for five days upon arrival, the Italian health minister has announced today.

Writing on Facebook, Roberto Speranza said he had signed an order to “introduce a five-day quarantine with swab obligation for those from Great Britain.”

It comes amid growing concerns over the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the UK, triggered by the new “Delta” variant.

The Italian decision came as the EU decided to let travellers from a number of countries, including the US, Canada, and Japan into the bloc with a digital vaccine certificate.

The UK remains off the so-called “white list”, however.

Italy follows a number of other countries, such as France and Germany, in imposing specific rules on Britain, where the Delta variant has swiftly become dominant.

According to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE), the variant now accounts for 99 per cent of new Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Italy was on the UK’s travel “amber list”, meaning that anyone returning to Britain has to quarantine for 10 days.

The next update to the travel lists, which have been widely criticised, is due in the coming week.

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