Finally, tourism is opening up to the world again: the ordinance signed by Health Minister Roberto Speranza was issued yesterday evening – and published in the Official Gazette today, with immediate effect – giving the go-ahead for outbound tourism from Italy to destinations outside Europe. For the moment, Italian tourists will be able to travel to six countries: the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Aruba, the Dominican Republic and Egypt (only in the seaside resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam). This is a measure that has been advocated for many months by the entire tourism industry, both nautical and otherwise, which hopes to finally get back on track in the foreign travel sector, after two summers of holidays and boating holidays almost exclusively in Italy and the Mediterranean.
Obviously, the Ministry’s order is based on precise regulations and stringent safety protocols. Article 1, for example, states that corridors are considered ‘all itineraries departing and arriving in the national territory aimed at allowing the realisation of controlled tourist trips, including the stay in selected accommodation facilities, according to specific health safety measures suitable to ensure that the services used are rendered in compliance with the rules and precautions for the prevention of the risk of infection by Covid-19’, as established by the protocol integrated in the order. Article 3 also instructs tour operators to ‘ensure compliance with the safety measures’ provided for in the protocol. Obligations include the adoption of Covid policies by tourists that provide for protected medical repatriation and health care in the place of holiday.
But the most important news is that of the quarantine after the holiday. According to article 2 of the new ordinance, in order to travel to the six destinations, the following rules must be followed: it is necessary to have a green pass or equivalent certification; at boarding, a negative anti-hygienic or molecular swab must be shown, carried out within 48 hours before departure; then the swab must be repeated on site if the holiday lasts more than seven days. And finally, there will be no quarantine when you return home if, when boarding your flight back to Italy, you show a negative result from a further test carried out 48 hours before departure and then again if you undergo a new, final swab on arrival at the airport.
Where can I go by boat? Having established that from now on you can finally go on non-European holidays, it remains to be seen which charter operators have fleets of sailing yachts for hire in those countries. Dream Yacht Charter has been around for years with bases in both the Seychelles and the Maldives. Navalia has also specialized in Indian Ocean destinations for years, with bases in Mauritius, the Maldives and the Seychelles. Companies such as Globesailor and Sailogy both offer charter boats from bases in the Seychelles and the Maldives on their websites.
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