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Italy, Germany tighten rules for EU travel amid third wave of pandemic

Italy, Germany tighten rules for EU travel amid third wave of pandemic

Italy plans to introduce a five-day quarantine for travellers from EU countries, while Germany will strengthen border checks.
Italy plans to introduce a five-day quarantine for all travellers arriving from European Union countries, health ministry sources said on Tuesday.

Travellers will also be required to take a coronavirus test before leaving the country and a further test after their quarantine period is over.

Italy already had similar measures in place for non-EU countries.

Germany also announced on Tuesday that it would tighten land border controls for the next 8 to 14 days.

"It doesn't matter where you come from, Poland, France, or Denmark, everyone should expect to be checked," said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

The new travel restrictions come as Europe is hard-hit by a deadly third wave of COVID-19 fuelled by a surge of a more contagious British variant.
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