Italy reopens to travellers from Europe


Rome: In a bid to revive its key tourism industry severely hit by Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown, Italy has reopened to tourists from Europe.

Italy is the sixth worst-hit country by coronavirus pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, UK and Spain.

The tourism-driven country eased travel restrictions on Wednesday, three months after imposing lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Media reports said tourists can now visit Venice’s Grand Canal, Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony in Verona and Rome’s Colosseum.

International flights were only expected to resume in three main cities, Milan, Rome and Naples.

Though the country needs foreigners to return as soon as possible for its economic revival, experts believe that the government was being hasty in permitting travel between regions and abroad.

Italy’s tourism sector that has been battered by lockdown amounts to some 13 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

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