The government of Italy has officially announced that it is opening its borders to regional and international travelers on the 3rd of June. Italy further stated that it would lift the restriction for a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers entering the country starting that date.

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit European countries from the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has also had one of the most extensive stay-at-home orders in place in the world. Lifting the order will be a relief for travelers and residents alike.

The government stated that it will still require social distancing, but has not officially declared if it will make face masks mandatory in public settings. The rep for the government stated that if social distancing is observed, face masks may not be necessary.

Countries surrounding Italy are still considering when to open their borders. Germany, for instance, has not given a date on when it will reopen its borders. However, German authorities are encouraging all citizens to refrain from international travel until at least the 15th of June. Other countries like France believe that Italy may have acted too soon. France has not given an opening date at this time.

Italy relies heavily on summer tourism. Year-round tourism accounts for over 13 percent of the Italy's total gross domestic product, and the pandemic has already caused a significant drop in income already. Italian officials believe that the considerable reduction in COVID-19 cases in Italy as well as around the world has signaled that it is time to reopen its borders cautiously.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.