As of Sunday, travelers from Israel, the UK and the EU will no longer have to quarantine when they visit Italy as long as they test negative for Covid-19, the Italian government said, as Europe prepares for the return of tourism.

Italy will also extend its list of routes for so-called ‘Covid-free’ flights to include Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

The arrangements, which are currently in place for visitors from the US, require travelers to test negative with a rapid lateral flow test in the 48 hours before boarding flights, with a further test on arrival in Italy.

The move came as Portugal also announced on Friday it would allow non-essential travel from the UK from Monday, as long as visitors have tested negative for Covid-19 in the previous 72 hours. (RT)