Italy banned travelers from Armenia and 12 other countries it considers to pose a high risk of Covid-19 transmission.
The full list comprises Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, and Peru.
The health ministry signed the decree banning visitors from those countries from entering Italy in agreement with the foreign, interior, and transport departments.
"Throughout the world, the pandemic has entered a more acute phase," said Health Minister Roberto Speranza.
"We cannot throw away the sacrifices made by Italians in recent months," he added.
Italy was the first country to be hit by the virus after it emerged in China late last year.