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Italy makes COVID-19 testing obligatory for travellers from Croatia

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ZAGREB, Aug 13 (Hina) – The obligation to get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival from Croatia in Italy is in place, and travellers are supposed to have either negative tests when entering that country or to take a test immediately upon entry, Croatia’s government said on Thursday.

Travellers coming to Italy from Croatia are required to have a negative test for COVID taken no earlier than 72 hours before their arrival or they are supposed to will need to be tested within 48 hours upon their arrival in that country, the Croatian government said in an explanation of the Italian decision.

The decision applies to all passengers from Croatia, including Italians who are returning from Croatia to their homeland.

Passengers in transit are exempt from testing.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza was quoted as saying late on Wednesday that he had signed an order requiring antibody or swab tests to be performed on all arrivals from the following four countries — Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain — and said there would be a ban on arrivals and transit passengers from Colombia.

“We must continue on a path of caution to defend the results we have obtained over the past months through sacrifices by everyone,” Speranza posted on Facebook.

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