Italy added to quarantine list

Rome, Italy

Italy has been added to England’s quarantine list, from 18 October, while Crete has been taken off.

The move leaves only Germany, parts of Greece, Sweden, and Liechtenstein in Europe without restrictions.

Lucio Furlani, head of tourism for Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italian Alps, said: ”It is a great disappointment to hear that Italy has been omitted from the UK's list of air bridge agreements. As a high-end ski resort, Courmayeur receives a huge number of bookings from British guests each year, so we hope that these quarantine restrictions will not be in place too long. As the ski season was cut so short this year, we have had a lot of time to prepare for the re-opening our slopes this December and have already ironed out the various hygiene and safety measures which will be in place. Skiing is a wonderful sport which lends itself well to social distancing, so we look forward to welcoming back our UK guests for an active holiday spent in the clean alpine air as soon as possible." 

Simon Ball, owner, Tuscany Now & more, Italy, added:  "We are extremely disappointed that Italy has been omitted from the UK's list of air bridge agreements. Italy, and in particular the Tuscan region, is a very popular European destination for British travellers and currently, we still have bookings right up into November.

“Although it has been a difficult year, our high-end villa offering means that we have still been able to provide guests with a luxury holiday experience this summer. Generally, our properties are situated in remote, rural locations which enabled us to provide safe and secure holidays without imposing too many restrictions. Although it is a shame that this season has been cut short, we look forward to welcoming back our guests next year and are already offering flexible and discounted booking offers. Villa holidays are definitely on the rise due to Covid-19 and with hotels and flight prices rising, they are increasingly making for a more cost-effective trip".