Lunchtime News Wednesday 15th December 2021

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Italy tightens regulations - Italy is tightening regulations and introducing strict restrictions on arrivals from tomorrow Thursday 16th December. The move comes due to the current spread of the Omicron variant.

From this Thursday, December 16 to January 31, 2022, travellers entering Italy from France will be subject to new rules. For vaccinated travellers: presentation of a negative result of an antigen test of less than 24 hours or of a PCR test of less than 48 hours (self-tests are not accepted) will be required; and proof of a complete vaccination schedule with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen; valid for 14 days after the last injection).

For unvaccinated travellers: presentation of a negative result of an antigen test of less than 24 hours or of a PCR test of less than 48 hours (self-tests are not accepted) will be required; and the need to respect a 5-day quarantine, at the address indicated on the traceability form; the isolation period can only be interrupted after 5 days and after a new negative test.

Exceptions are made for children under 6, border workers and emergencies. For further details go to https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

Health pass - Today December 15th marks a key new step in the vaccine booster campaign in France with the health pass of many French people over 65 becoming void in the absence of a 3rd booster jab against covid. As of today, Wednesday December 15, access to restaurants, cinemas and long-distance transport will no longer be possible for those over 65 whose last dose of vaccine dates back to before May 17th and who have not received the booster jab.

It should also be noted that some people under the age of 65 are also concerned and these are those who were vaccinated with the Janssen's one-dose vaccine before October 17th and are able to receive a booster dose one month after the first injection.

The inclusion of the booster dose in the health pass - if it is a third dose - will be immediate. If, on the other hand, it is a second dose, the new QR code is not delivered until seven days after the new injection.