Travel news latest: Ski holidays under threat as Italy tightens Covid rules

Italy has today tightened its Covid-19 restrictions, affecting ski holidays for British families this winter. 

The ‘super green pass’ requirement has been extended to a range of additional venues and locations, including hotels. The tightened pass is also a requirement to access ski lifts and ski resorts.

You can only obtain the super green pass with evidence of full vaccination or recent recovery, meaning a negative test result is no longer sufficient for unvaccinated people to ski in Italy. Austria has similarly tight vaccination requirements to access the slopes, and there are reports France could soon do the same.

British teenagers aged 12 and over can now receive a second dose of the vaccine, although uptake has been slow. Approximately one in two 12- to 15-year-olds have not yet received a first dose, and only 50 per cent of 16- to 17 year-olds have received a second jab.  

Italy is seeing a seven-day Covid-19 case rate of 1,833 cases per 100,000, slightly higher than the UK’s 1,814 cases per 100,000. That number is 2,853 in France and 1,740 in Switzerland. In Austria there are 598 cases per 100,000. 

The super green pass is a requirement to board public transport, to enter hotels and to visit bars or restaurants (including outdoor areas), along with museums, cultural spaces and festivals.

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