BRITS looking to squeeze in a crafty early summer holiday can head to Italy with no restrictions after the rest of Europe banned us.
The only catch would be they need to get back by Sunday to beat Boris Johnson’s 14-day coronavirus quarantine due to start here on June 8.
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Hotels, B&Bs and campsites are all open from Wednesday across Italy as the majority of lockdown restrictions are finally lifted.
Quarantine regulations are being lifted across the country which means you could take a flight from here to Rome or Milan and head to the coast or the picturesque Italian Lakes for a five-day foreign break.
The rolling hills of Tuscany – a popular spot for Brits – are just a short drive from Rome and all museums and galleries have reopened although booking in advance is advisable.
Hotels in Rome, Florence and Milan are all open and desperate for business after being closed to guests for more than two months.
Italy’s ambassador to the UK Raffaele Trombetta said on Twitter: “There is always a large number of British tourists coming to Italy, it’s one of Britain’s preferred destinations.
“We had 40 million trips from the UK to Italy last year. We know how much they love Italy. We are still open, welcoming them.
How Europe is opening up to tourists
Its borders are currently closed to non-residents but from June 15 EU tourists will be able to return.
Tourists will be welcomed back from July but some popular destinations may allow them from mid-June.
Tourists can return from this weekend but face health checks at airports and the country is looking for a quarantine deal with the UK.
European tourists will be welcomed again from next Wednesday and restrictions on internal travel will also be lifted
Some tourists from European countries on an approved list will be allowed in from mid-June but Brits are likely be excluded at the beginning
Tourists will be allowed from June 15 but only from countries deemed safe with Brits likely to be initially excluded
“We believe that this pandemic is a global problem so the best thing to do is to tackle it with a coordinated approach.”
The UK government is currently under pressure to lift its 14-day quarantine regulations after 40 MPs including seven former ministers have joined tourism chiefs to call for the restriction to be lifted.
From June 8, anyone arriving in the UK faces a £1,000 fine if they do not self-isolate for two weeks — including holidaymaking Brits coming back to the country.
Airline groups have warned it will further squeeze them after months of planes being near-empty and routes cancelled.
And other European nations have warned that the moves will hamper plans for Brits to go abroad and for their citizens to visit the UK too this summer.
While Italy is opening up its doors to Brits Spain is remaining cautious to UK travellers despite saying it would lift its 14-day quarantine for foreign tourists by June 21.
Spanish Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto said yesterday holidaymakers from Germany and some Nordic countries were in the running to be allowed to take part in pilot schemes in places like the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.
In a slap-down for the UK’s hopes of being among the first nations to return to the Spanish Costas, she said: “There the health situation still has to improve.
“For us it is important to guarantee that people arrive healthy and leave healthy.”
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