Italy lifts all travel restrictions!
Italy lifted all COVID-19-related entry requirements this week, allowing travelers to visit the country without having to show proof of vaccination, get tested, or show proof of recovery, according to the country’s National Tourist Board.
The new rules, which went into effect on June 1, put Italy more in line with other European countries that have lifted pandemic-era travel rules, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, Ireland, and Croatia.
“As of June 1, 2022, a Green Pass or equivalent certificate is no longer needed to enter Italy,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wrote on its site. “All Covid-19 related entry restrictions have been lifted.”
Previously, travelers were required to either show they had been fully vaccinated or received a booster within nine months of their entry date, had recovered from COVID-19 within six months, or bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country.
Source: Travel + Leisure
Schipol Airport tells travelers to reduce their luggage!
Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport has told passengers to bring as little luggage as possible with them this weekend if they are to have any hope of getting through security checkpoints in time to make their flights.
The major European hub has faltered in recent weeks after the airport failed to keep up with the return in demand for air travel. Passengers have faced delays and disruption and Schiphol fears a meltdown during the busy Whitsun holiday weekend.
Most of the problems are concentrated at Schiphol’s security checkpoints where staff shortages are leading to excruciatingly long wait times. By reducing the amount of hand luggage, airport managers are hoping to make the screening process much quicker.