Italy restricts Albanians to essential travel only due to rising number of COVID – Exit


Albanian citizens can now only enter Italy for essential reasons and under strict conditions, according to a decision taken in light of the COVID-19 situation this week.

Albania, which was previously on List D, has been downgraded to list E. The country is joined by its neighbors North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Azerbaijan.

Previously, Albanians traveling to Italy had to complete a passenger locator form and present their COVID-19 digital certificate. The country only accepts vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency. Alternatively, they could provide a recovery certificate or a negative PCR test.

Now, under the new rules, entry is only allowed in the event of work, health reasons, study, emergency or returning home. No leisure, tourism or non-essential reason will be allowed to enter, according to the Italian government.

If qualifying under any of these conditions, the traveler must provide a negative PCR performed within 72 hours of departure, complete a digital passenger tracing form, quarantine for 10 days, and submit a negative test to At the end of the period, use only transportation between the airport and the final destination, and notify the local health authorities.

Albania is currently experiencing an increase in the number of cases, amid stagnant vaccination rates. Less than 40% of the population has received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and many are plagued by the misinformation and fake news that is spread online.

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In addition, there have recently been concerns about a possible underreporting or misreporting of deaths from COVID-19, as well as a lack of transparency on the numbers of test results.

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