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June 26, 2021

According to the new ordinances of the Italian Minister of Health, the rules in force until July 30, subject to changes and extensions, are indicated below.

Main points

  • No more 5-day quarantine requested, starting May 15, for tourists coming from EU countries, the United Kingdom and Israel (details in the List C below).
  • Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States, Thailand are requested 10-day quarantine until July 30, except for Covid-Tested flights (details in the List D below).

Openings starting dates

July 1Swimming pools, Wellness indoor spas, Casinos, Recreational and Cultural centers 

For more information

Call one of the below numbers from the Italian Ministry of Health:

  • from abroad: +39 0232008345 – +39 0283905385
  • from Italy: 1500 (free toll number)

Stay safe!                #italywaitsforyou

Countries List for Tourism purpose

Vatican City and Republic of San Marino

Rules for the countries on the List A: no limitations

None

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), Germany , Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain (including territories on the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, United Kingdom, Israel, Switzerland

Rules for the countries on the List C:

  • the 5-day quarantine is no longer required
  • the negative PCR or antigen test undergone in the previous 48h is required and has to be proven by the Covid19 certification
  • in case of no Covid19 certification, it is mandatory to undergo health surveillance and 10-day quarantine, at the end of which it is mandatory to undergo the PCR or antigen test
  • communicate the entry to the Prevention Department of the local Health Authority and fill in the self-declaration

The European green pass, the EU Covid-19 Certificate, which should facilitate free movement within the EU, is not yet operational; it was approved by the EU Parliament at the end of April and the technical validation process for entry into force is in progress.

Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States, Thailand.

Rules for the countries on the List D:

  • the negative PCR or antigen test undergone in the previous 72h is required and has to be proven by the Covid19 certification
  • 10-day quarantine and health surveillance are required, reaching their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle or connecting flight (without leaving the airport transit areas)
  • at the end of 10-day quarantine is mandatory to undergo the PCR or antigen test
  • communicate the entry to the Prevention Department of the local Health Authority and fill in the self-declaration

Exceptions to the obligation to the PCR or antigen test before entry and to the obligations of quarantine:

Using Covid-Tested Flights

For those arriving in Italy with a Covid-Tested flight are exempted from the obligation of the 10-day quarantine and health surveillance upon arrival in Italy.

The ordinance of the Minister of Health of 14 May – valid until 30 October, except for extensions – provides that these flights, with destination Rome/Fiumicino and Milan/Malpensa, also operate from the airports of Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, USA (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, JFK and Newark, Philadelphia, Washington DC), as well as the Naples/Capodichino and Venice/Marco Polo airports.

In relation to these flights, the passenger must undergo the PCR or antigen test within 48 hours prior to boarding, as well as upon arrival at the airport in Italy.

Please check with the carrier the procedure in case the PCR or antigen test should be Covid positive upon the arrival in Italy.

The list of departure/arrival airports may change without notice. Please check it before confirming your travel to Italy.

COVID tested flights

All states not indicated in the other lists.

In this list are included Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for which special rules are in force: entry from these countries is allowed to Italian / EU / Schengen citizens and their family members, to holders of resident status of long-term and their family members (Directive 2004/38 / EC), to people who have a proven and stable emotional relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian / EU / Schengen / long-term residents, who must reach the home / domicile / residence of the partner in Italy.

For those who do not fit the above mentioned categories, entry is not allowed for tourism, but only for specific reasons: work or study needs, health reasons, absolute urgency, return to their home, home or residence.

Countries List for Sport activities purpose

There are special rules for entry from all countries for sporting competitions.

COVID-19, SITUATION IN ITALY

Regions in the White area (update: June 26, 2021):
Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Bolzano, Trento, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Umbria, Veneto

Regions in the Yellow area (update: June 26, 2021):
Valle D’Aosta

PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO ITALY IN THE NEXT MONTHS

What you need to know & do: a quick guide

  • Before going through the below check-list, take a quick survey of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Crisis Unit available here
  • Check the list of the country you are coming from here
  • Hand on upon boarding a certification attesting to the negative result of the molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 48 hours prior to boarding, forms available here and here
  • Verify the authorized Covid-tested flights by the Ministry of Health here
  • Get full information on the Passenger Locator Form here
  • Learn how to fill out the Passenger Locator Form here
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form to be shown before boarding here
  • While you are traveling in Italy keep the Regional telephone information Covid-19 hotlines handy here

We encourage you to contact us for further information in relation to your intended travel plans or advice on alternative travel plans.

EU REAL TIME STATISTICS ON CORONA VIRUS VACCINATION

We prioritize your safety and health above everything. In recent months daily life has changed and traveling has become more complicated. We are closely monitoring the current global outbreak of coronavirus. We are aware that you will want to return to travel only if you feel safe. For this reason we take into account all the guidelines of the Italian Ministry of Health and the European Parliament so that you can travel safely to Italy. A note of caution: with rules changing so often please don’t take these as gospel but remember to double-check, particularly if something is crucial.

FAQ

Below we gathered a list of frequent asked questions about main issues concerning your safety traveling to Italy and throughout Italy.

  • People with a respiratory infection characterized by fever (over 37.5° C) should stay at the hotel and contact a doctor/their insurance company of their Health insurance.
    Italian regional telephone information hotlines
  • Persons subject to quarantine by order of the health authority are prohibited from moving from their esidence.
  • Gatherings of people in public places or places open to the public is still forbidden. It is still mandatory to respect the recommended social distance of at least 1 metre between one person and another.
  • Thorough hand, personal and environmental hygiene is recommended.

Body temperature can be taken before you are allowed access to flights, car rentals, villas and hotels. Entrance will be refused to those with a temperature over 37.5°C (99.5°F).

It is mandatory to wear a mask in the community setting in closed places that can be accessed by public, including public transport, and all the time when it is not possible to guarantee social distancing. Starting August 17, it is also mandatory to wear a face mask even outdoors, from 6pm to 6am,  in all areas where there is a risk of gatherings and assembly.

The use of masks is not required in:

    • children less than 6 years of age;
    • disabled people that cannot wear a mask for a long period and their caregivers.

At least a meter is enforced.

All companies have adopted the deep-cleaned every 24 hours, passengers must wear face-masks and use hand-sanitiser regularly, there is no inflight service and their air-filtering service is the same as those used in hospitals.

On buses, long-distance coaches, ferryboats, ships and trains it’s always necessary to wear a mask, keep a safety distance to strangers and only take specified seats. The number of passengers may be limited.

In vehicle rental offices or equipment rentals you need to wear a mask, body temperature may be measured and you may be asked to sanitize your hands. There may be guided routes to avoid a gathering of people. In case of rental of bicycles, cars or other equipment, you may need to sanitize your hands or wear gloves.

People living together There are no limitations or measures in place when travelling by car if the passengers are all people who are living together.

Non-cohabiting people Non-cohabiting people can use a car for travel provided that:

  • only the driver should be seated in the front of the car (the front seat intended for a passenger must not be used);
  • a maximum of two passengers sit on the rear seat, leaving the central seat free;
  • the driver and passengers must wear masks during the entire stay in the car;

If the car has several rear rows, the same provisions as previously illustrated apply: A maximum of two passengers per row seated on opposite sides of the seat, leaving the central seat free. If the car is equipped with a physical separator (plexiglas) between the front and rear row of the car, the use of a mask is not necessary but, in this case, the presence of the driver and only one passenger seated in the rear row is allowed.
The main guidelines are an attention to social distancing on pickup and drop-off (when hiring a car), and a strict cleaning procedure followed by the car being locked, stickered and the keys being cleaned and placed in an envelope.

When going into hotels, B&Bs, villa and apartments, body temperature may be measured and you may need to clean your hands with sanitizing gel. In communal areas and elevators, you need to keep a social distance of at least 1 meter (not necessary for members of the same family, people living together or staying in the same room). Masks must be worn in indoor communal areas, while are not requested outdoors. If you rent a villa as a group it is up to you to make the decision regarding distancing. It is assumed that if you have decided to holiday together than you have measured the risks and decided they are acceptable.

In an effort to reassure both employees and travelers that they are doing what they can to protect them against Covid-19, hotels are implementing new and improved cleanliness and hygiene processes.
Almost all hotels have adopted the “Safe Stay” guidelines that include: Hand sanitizers in key guest and staff entrances; Signs reminding recommendations for wearing, handlingand disposal of masks; Reporting Covid-19 cases; Staff protocols for hand-cleaning, safety and use of personal protective equipment; Use of disinfectants; Frequent cleaning of public and communal spaces; Enhanced guestroom, linen, towels and laundry cleaning; No-contact room service, limited buffet service, screened food displays, pre-packaged food; Social distancing reminders and rearranged furniture in public spaces; Use technology to reduce direct contact with guests; Encourage contactless payment; Limit van and shuttle services.

New processes for cleaning and hygiene, enhanced cleaning (high-touch areas, such as bathrooms, elevator buttons and remote controls, are disinfected and cleaned with a higher frequency); hand alcohol stations and disposable gloves are available in lobbies and by restaurants; all tables, menus and chairs in our restaurants are cleaned at a much higher frequency, and after each seating; physical distancing (limited the numbers of seats in our restaurants and public areas); distancing floor markers at the reception desk, by the elevators and in the restaurants, as well as signs reminding to keep a distance; revised food & beverage offerings.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Operational guidelines for Covid-19 management in the accommodation sector. The private tourism accommodation providers are highly recommended to follow the operating guidelines to the greatest extent possible. These guidelines also help any authority involved in public health to respond to this public health event in hotels and tourism accommodation establishments, including the local health authorities, and national health surveillance and response system.

While available data, in particular genetic sequences, suggest that the SARSCoV-2 virus emerged from an animal source, there is currently not enough scientific evidence to identify precisely either the source or the route of transmission from the original animal reservoir to a putative intermediate host and then to humans. Studies are underway to better understand the susceptibility of different animal species to SARS-CoV-2 and to assess infection dynamics in susceptible animal species.
There is no evidence that pets play a role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2, as it has been proved that interhuman infection is the main route of transmission. (Source: European Commission)

Pet owners should keep their pets on a leash when walking outside so as to be able to keep the “social distance” with other people.

Contactless payment methods are preferred and all tills, counters, etc will have perspex barriers to shield the workers of restaurants, caffes and hotel reception from the clients.

Before going into museums, archives and libraries, body temperature may be measured and you may be requested to sanitize your hands. Access may be limited to a maximum number of people: you need to wait in line for your turn keeping a safety distance and follow possible specified routes. Not all museums are open yet. It will take some time until they will open again. Booking might be necessary,  timings vary and will be shorter, and the number of visitors will also be limited. Inside museums masks must be worn at all times, alcohol gel is available for regular hand-cleaning.

Audio guides are the best solution and highly encouraged to use. Italy Creative offers its clients the app POPGuide that can be used from your own device.

EU and non-EU citizens (if entitled to assisted health care in EU countries) traveling in Italy with the required certificate (European Health Insurance Card or a provisional replacement certificate) may obtain services required directly, free of charge – excepting the payment of an eventual co-pay (called ticket) – at a public hospital or facility covered in private agreement with the National Health Service. Non-EU citizens coming from countries not covered by the agreement are provided with health services that must be paid for in accordance with the relative scale of charges.

Although Italy is considered to have good healthcare, as with any trip, it’s recommended to get the right level of travel insurance protection in place when you book your trip. A good travel insurance policy for Italy should include cover for medical expenses, of up to a limit of around €5,5 million and flight cancellations. You will also need to ensure you are covered if you lose your luggage or passport, or they’re damaged or stolen. If you’re going skiing, you’ll need to ensure you get additional winter sports cover.

Italy is in the EU so it’s a good idea to take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. It allows travellers access to free or discounted care in state-run hospitals or doctors’ surgeries in any EU country, plus a handful of others. It’s valid for five years and everyone can get their own, including children. EHIC isn’t a substitute for travel insurance, but it gives you the right to state medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals. One of the advantages of carrying and using an EHIC is that some insurance providers may waive your excess in the event of a medical claim. The cards are free. An EHIC expires after five years, so check the expiration date on all the cards in your household. When on holiday, keep the cards with you at all times – anything could happen, and you never know when you might require medical care abroad.

Please remember that if you travel against government advice you invalidate your insurance (i.e. you come to Italy when the government is advising against it) and if you don’t go on holiday out of anxiety but there is no official advice against it this is classed as ‘disinclination to travel’ and your insurance won’t cover you. Only if there is an official ban against travel you should be covered and you will be re-imbursed. If you’ve already bought insurance and the subsequently changes its advice for your destination, then you might have some cover, but you’ll need to check with your insurance provider. As countries begin to ease lockdowns and other restrictions, some have announced dates for opening their borders to international travellers.

For the foreign citizen who must apply for an entry visa, he is always obliged to take out a health policy that covers it from the risk of accident and illness. While, for those who enter Italy without an entry visa, there is no obligation but in this period it becomes necessary to have health coverage that can give the foreigner greater security and tranquility. It is not compulosry but highly recommended. The health insurance cover claims related to Covid-19 for emergency medical and repatriation costs in line with your chosen policy. However, other types of claims related to Covid-19, such as cancellation, vary by provider, so we encourage you to check your policy before purchasing.

Useful resources

The following resources are available to update yourself on the latest information and potential future impacts of coronavirus Covid-19

Here you’ll find recent updates and reliable information sources about the Covid-19 global pandemic. Some countries are easing out of lockdown and travel restrictions are lifted. The situation is still fluid with authorities and suppliers changing policies at a rapid pace. We’re doing our best to keep up with all the changes.

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Last update: June 26, 2021