Italy imposes mandatory swab tests on travelers from Malta

People wearing protective face masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk across an empty square in Catania, Italy April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

Italy has imposed mandatory swab tests on people traveling from Malta, Spain, Croatia and Greece to Italy.

The rules came into force on Thursday after an Italian health ordinance was issued to present a swab certificate for testing for coronavirus.

The health ordinance comes after several Italian nationals who were holidaying in one of the four Mediterranean countries, have tested positive for coronavirus upon their return.

Prior to the announcement by the Health Minister Roberto Speranza, several regions had taken it upon themselves to introduce restrictions on travelers from these countries. These include Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Puglia, Campania and Sicily. The different regions imposed either a test or quarantine on citizens returning from Malta, Spain, Croatia and Greece.

All people travelling from Malta to Italy will have to present a certificate of having undergone a coronavirus swab test in the 72 hours prior to entry into Italy, and a proven negative result.

People may also take a swab test upon arrival at the airport, port or border or at a specified local health authority within 48 hours of entering the Italian territory.

As from Thursday, all those travelling to Rome from Malta will have to register themselves with the health authorities on either 800 118 800 or through the app, ‘Lazio Doctor Covid’ and then go to the drive-in swab centres with their health cards and travelling documents.

Drive-in swab centres in the Lazio region are open between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday except for the San Giovanni drive-in swab centre which is open on Sundays too.

The list of drive-in swab centres in Lazio may be found here.

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