Britons travelling to Italy will have to prove that they are clear of Covid-19 before being allowed into the country.

Anyone coming from the UK will have to provide a Covid test certificate with a negative result taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival in Italy.

The move follows a surge in Covid cases in Britain to 136.6 per 100,000 of the population, compared with Italy’s 31.6 per 100,000.

Some Italian airports will offer a free test upon arrival or at another Italian test centre, but the Foreign Office warned: “If you test positive within Italy, you will be required to quarantine.┬áThe time spent in quarantine can vary greatly, from a few days to several weeks. Travellers should be prepared for this eventuality.”

Travellers from Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Malta, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic will also face tests on arrival in Italy.

It came as the Greek islands of Santorini and Zante are to be opened up for quarantine-free travel after Covid-19 levels dropped.

They are among five Greek islands including Lesbos, Tinos and Serifos restored to the UK Government’s “green” list after quarantine was reimposed a month ago following outbreaks of Covid and cases of holidaymakers bringing the disease back to Britain (see video below).

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