Italy: A health card is sufficient within the country for foreign tourists
The Italian government has decided that visitors from countries where vaccination rules differ from those in Italy can access with a simple health card (for which a negative test is sufficient) hotels and restaurants as well as all places in the country where a vaccination permit is usually required. And Mario Draghi, the Italian prime minister, estimated that “the measures adopted today are moving in the direction of a greater reopening of the country.” “In the coming weeks, we will continue to move forward on this journey of reopening,” he promised. “Based on scientific evidence and continuing to follow the infection curve, we will announce a timetable for ending the restrictions in force (…) The data on vaccinations is very encouraging. And we want a more open Italy.” Nearly 88% of the Italian population over the age of 12 has been vaccinated and about 34 million people have received the third dose, according to official figures (Italy has a population of 59.2 million). The country had already announced a relaxation of cross-border entry requirements last week, by not requiring checks from vaccinated travelers and lifting quarantines for unvaccinated travelers.
Guadeloupe: The vaccination permit will enter into force on March 7
The Caribbean island has so far been one of the exceptions to the vaccine corridor rollout, and that will not be the case as of March 7. Its implementation will indeed be gradual. “First, from March 7, it will apply to institutions that receive cultural audiences, such as cinemas or theaters, but also seminars and trade fairs,” Alexandre Rochat, the governor of Guadeloupe, noted. Its application will then be extended to the rest of the establishments open to the public – sporting events, hotels, restaurants … – from March 21.
New Zealand: The prospects for reopening
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today unveiled a new program to reopen the country, which will take place in phases, from February to October 2022, just in time for the Southern Hemisphere summer, we reported. work visas. After two years of lockdown, a phased reopening of New Zealand will begin on February 28 with the arrival of vaccinated New Zealanders from Australia. The managed isolation and isolation (MIQ) program for most travelers who reconnect will be phased out and replaced with self-isolation with testing on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers and those who do not meet the vaccination requirements will continue to be placed in New Zealand but will be eligible to enter the country on MIQ. »
“Reopening in this managed way will balance the flow of travelers so that people can come together and fill the shortage in our workforce, while ensuring that our healthcare system can handle the increase in cases,” Jacinda Ardern said. While travelers will no longer need to stay in MIQ, we are maintaining border measures to limit the spread of the virus, Jacinda Ardern said, adding that the period of self-isolation for travelers will be 10 days but will be reduced to 7. The days that New Zealand moves to the second phase of the plan epidemic. The reopening will take place in five phases in February, March, April, July and October.
Norway: Relaxation of admission requirements
Since February 2, 2022, no travelers arriving in Norway are subject to mandatory testing and/or quarantine on arrival, as the Quai d’Orsay points out in its travel advice. Persons with a full vaccination schedule or a certificate of contamination less than six months old, which can be verified using a QR code (such as a French and European vaccination card) must present it upon arrival in Norway. Adults, without a complete vaccination schedule or without evidence of contamination for less than six months, must submit a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken 24 hours before their arrival in Norway. All people over 16, whether resident or non-resident, will have to register their arrival in Norway on the Norwegian authorities’ website (available in French), recalls Quai d’Orsay.
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