Tourism will open up in Italy in mid-May -Draghi

In mid-May tourists can have the Italian pass

  

ROME- Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Tuesday he expected tourism could resume in Italy in mid-May when travel between the regions would be opened up.

Speaking at the end of a meeting of tourism ministers from the Group of 20 wealthy nations, Draghi said a European Union health pass scheme would be up and running by the middle of June, allowing easier travel across the continent.

"Waiting for the European Certificate ... we have a national green pass that will enable people to move from region to region and will be operational by mid-May, so let us not wait until mid-June for the EU pass," Draghi said.

"In mid-May tourists can have the Italian pass ... so the time has come to book your holidays in Italy," he said.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer, editing by Gavin Jones) ((crispian.balmer@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: crispian.balmer.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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