In good news for Australian and New Zealand travellers packing their bags for an Italian summer holiday, Italy has dropped mandatory mask wearing on public transport and in indoor venues from 15 June, paving the way for a return to carefree travel in time for the official start of summer.

With travellers already able to enter Italy without a Green Pass or equivalent certificate since 1 June 2022, removing the need to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, ships, and ferries – as well as in theatres, cinemas, concert halls, indoor sports events, and live music venues – is the final step in the country’s timeline of containment measures.

“We are delighted to share this news ahead of the busy summer tourism season, and we know the thousands of local travellers heading to Italy soon will be pleased to hear that they’ll be visiting the Italy they know and love as things return to normal,” said Emanuele Attanasio, Manager Australia and New Zealand at the Italian National Tourist Board.

“Of course, mask wearing is still an option for those who feel more comfortable, and mandatory masks will remain in schools and healthcare settings.”

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