Italy: Venice to reduce the number of tourists by setting a fee of €5 per day

In an attempt to decrease the large number of tourists visiting Venice each day, the Italian authorities have decided to impose certain limitations.

The deputy mayor for social welfare, tourism and economic development of the city of Venice, Simone Venturini, explained that by imposing limitations, they aim to discourage day tourism and at the same time to encourage slower tourism, reports

According to Euronews, around 100,000 tourists have been able to explore the city and stroll through its squares every day so far. However, according to the new rules that will soon come into force, tourists will no longer be able to visit the city for free.

It was revealed this year, anyone wishing to visit Venice will need to book a ticket online. The ticket price will be €5 and will be valid for one day only. The authorities have decided to set such a short validity period on the tickets in order to reduce the number of visitors because Venice is considered a vulnerable place.

In addition, according to the same source, the local authorities of Venice will also close the main accesses to the historic centers and equip the city with 500 cameras, which will be used to monitor the movement of visitors.

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Italy COVID-19 entry rules

Italy currently maintains strict entry restrictions for anyone wishing to travel to the country. All travelers are required to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate. Additionally, travelers must also provide a completed Passenger Locator Form and a negative test taken prior to arrival. The testing requirement even applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Italy maintains a categorization of countries according to their epidemiological situation. Almost all EU/Schengen countries are currently part of Italy’s List C, which means they are allowed to enter as long as they follow the general COVID-19 entry rules. 19.

List D includes several third countries, whose citizens can travel to Italy under the same rules as mentioned above, while List E includes all other countries that are not specifically mentioned in any of the lists.

Stricter restrictions apply to countries that have been heavily impacted by the Omicron variant. These countries are listed separately. The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that the entry ban previously imposed on southern African countries will remain valid until January 31.

This means that people who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Italy.

Only Italian nationals, their children and legal partners can return to Italy after staying in one of these areas, provided they show no symptoms of COVID-19.

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