Tourists from Singapore will not be allowed to travel to Italy for leisure from 16 December until January 31 next year. The Italian embassy said its health ministry has moved Singapore and Brunei onto a list of countries deemed to be of higher risk of Covid-19 infections, but the embassy did not specify the reason for changing Singapore’s risk classification. In fact, Covid cases in Singapore have reduced in recent weeks, down from a high of more than 4,600 on October 27 to less than 500 a day this week.
Only those travellers from Singapore will be allowed who are traveling for work, health or study reasons, out of absolute urgency or to return to their homes; while exemptions can be granted in specific cases, including if the person is an EU citizen.
This move doesn’t affect Singapore’s unilateral vaccinated travel lane from Italy. Eligible travellers who are in Italy will still be able to use the program to enter Singapore without having to self-isolate for days.
Currently, the Omicron variant has been spreading rapidly and the World Health Organisation has asked countries to take steps to curb the spread.