Round up: Italy to lift travel ban as Spain seeks extension to state of alarm

Madrid Desk, May 16 (efe-epa).- Italy outlined plans on Saturday to lift lockdown restrictions and ease the movement of people, while Germany finalised details for a European-wide meeting to lift travel bans.

In Spain, the prime minister announced the government would be seeking a month-long extension to the state of alarm this week, and controversy in the United Kingdom over the government’s decision to reopen schools continued.


Italy announced it would reopen borders with European Union countries from 3 June, with no  enforced quarantine on international travellers, according to a decree approved early Saturday.

From 3 June movement across different regions will also be restored.

The only limits to international travel may be due to the measures of other member states and in compliance with the restrictions due to EU laws.

The bill seeks to recover the influx of tourists during the summer season and has been backed by the Ministers of Culture, Foreign Affairs and European Affairs.

It will also serve to reunite many families divided by the sealing of the border since March.

Only those who test positive for Covid-19 and who remain under quarantine will be banned from travelling.

From 18 May, restrictions on movement within the same region will be lifted.

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