CM – Italy’s ban on tourists from Singapore due to COVID-19 may fear a « clerical mistake, » said the ambassador




SINGAPORE: The Italian Ambassador to Singapore said Thursday (December 16) that a ban his country has imposed on tourists from Singapore may be a « mistake ».

In response to inquiries opposite CNA told Mario Andrea Vattani: “We are writing to the Italian Ministry of Health (MOH) to ask them to review their decision to ban Singapore travelers to Italy for leisure. I would like to believe that it is a cleric’s mistake or mistake to refer to the removal of Singapore from the EU list published on November 9th for a decision now. « 

On September 9th November, Singapore was removed from the list of European Union countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted.

The EU list, which is reviewed every two weeks, states that the criteria for inclusion are the  » country’s epidemiological situation and general response to COVID-19 « .

Mr. Vattani told CNA that he believed this list does not reflect the current situation in Singapore.

 » Is in Singapore the number of COVID-19 cases is now significantly lower, almost 100 percent of the population are vaccinated. The Omicron variant is almost missing, « said the ambassador.

On Wednesday the Italian embassy in Singapore published an update on its website e, which stated that their Ministry of Health classified Singapore and Brunei as « List E » countries on Tuesday.

This means that Singapore residents will no longer be able to travel to Italy in their free time from Thursday. The ban applies until January 31st.

Travelers from Singapore and other countries on List E are only allowed to enter Italy for work, health or study reasons; out of “absolute urgency” or when they return to their home in Italy.

Tourists from Singapore are not allowed to enter Italy. Exceptions can be granted if the traveler is a citizen of an EU country or has a partner who is in Italy. Travelers taking part in competitive sports competitions are also allowed to travel to Italy.

Mr. Vattani added that this decision will not only affect Singaporeans but also Italians returning on vacation as they will now have to be quarantined.

Travelers to Italy must present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior to departure, performed within the last 24 hours. In addition, they must self-isolate for ten days at a specified address upon arrival.

Transit at Italian airports is permitted, provided that the traveler does not leave the designated areas within the airport.

The unilateral move allows all fully vaccinated travelers from Italy to Singapore. With the latest move, travelers from Italy can still travel to Singapore via the VTL without quarantine.

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