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Italy approves exemption to allow international couples to travel and meet

Last Updated on September 8, 2020 by Francesca Bezzone

Italy approves an exemption allowing people who have their significant partner in the country to visit, even if they come from countries considered at high risk of Covid-19.

Italy approves exemption
Unmarried couple can finally meet again after non-EU countries travel ban is lifted. Image by Julie Rose from Pixabay

The news came on Monday, 7th of September, as part of Prime Minister Conte‘s new emergency decree. The country will maintain its state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic until the 7th of October, but travel rules have been eased for unmarried couples, who are now able to meet again.

For people coming from at-risk countries, including the US, traveling to Italy is only allowed for health reasons, professional reasons or to join family. This meant that, until yesterday’s changes, unmarried couples were unable to travel and meet. Thanks to the change, however, it is now possible for them to finally get together.

Italy approves exemption
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Photo: WIkicommons.

People who have a stable relationship and come from outside the EU today can travel to Italy, provided they undergo the canonical 14 day-self isolation period required by law. The change in policy comes also as a results of the “Love is not Tourism” movement, which advocated for couples separated by Covid-19 travel bans around the world.

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