The country also requires mandatory coronavirus tests for all travellers arriving from Croatia, Greece, and Malta, and has banned all visitors from Colombia.
“We must continue to be cautious in order to protect the results obtained thanks to sacrifices made by all in recent months,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said, after issuing the new rules, which will last until September 7th.
Health authorities worry in particular that Italians returning from vacations abroad in places such as Spain may be bringing home the virus and passing it on when people are crowding outdoors, on beaches, at festivals or parties during the summer.
Travellers arriving at an airport, port or border crossing can choose from a number of options, including rapid tests on the spot, or the presentation of a certificate obtained within the last 72 hours, which shows they are Covid-19 free.
They can also choose to carry out a test within two days of entering Italy, but will have to stay in isolation until the results arrive.
Anyone found to be positive, including asymptomatic cases, must report to the local health authorities.
Greece also recently announced that they would require a negative PRC test from those travelling from Spain. This will come into effect on August 17th.