Italy has a grand history and culture entrenched with some of our most familiar images of Europe. From the ancient ruins of the Roman Republic to splendid works of art and architecture from Renaissance Italy; from the high fashion of Milan to a dramatic array of culinary delights that span the length of the country - Italy encompasses some of the best of what Europe has to offer.
Can I travel to Italy?
Who can enter?
Borders are closed to nationals of all countries
Rules for travelers
Quarantine of 5 days for travelers from EU or Schengen countries. Quarantine of 14 days for travelers from other countries.
- Mandatory temperature check and thermal screening as per protocols
- Mandatory to present a negative PCR test certificate carried out less than 72 hours before departure
Compulsory to submit Self Declaration Form
Recommended to download Immuni app
Is it safe traveling to Italy?
Italy successfully flattened the curve in the month of July. However, the country saw a spike in the number of infections once again in October. Recording 36,000 cases every day, Italy announced a nationwide lockdown until December 1st week. Italy hopes to reopen the country once again next month.
Do I have to quarantine on arrival?
Quarantine of 5 days for travelers from EU or Schengen countries. Quarantine of 14 days for travelers from other countries.
Will there be a health screening on arrival at Airports and Ports?
Yes, all visitors entering Italy will go through a health screening that includes a temperature check and a visual check of the individual's health.
Do I have to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival?
If you have visited Croatia, Greece, Malta or Spain 14 days before arriving at Italy, you will have to take a PCR test upon arrival if you fail to submit a negative PCR test certificate.
What happens if I show symptoms of Covid 19 on arrival?
If you show symptoms of the virus, you will have to undergo a thorough check up and will be subjected to self-quarantine for 14 days if necessary.
Do I have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival?
Yes, it is not mandatory to submit a negative PCR certificate on arrival.
Is it mandatory to obtain travel insurance before traveling to Italy?
No, it is not mandatory to have travel health insurance to visit Italy. However, it is recommended to have insurance that covers COVID-19.
Do I have to provide any other medical certificate on arrival?
No, there are no additional medical certificates required.
Are there any other essential documents required on arrival?
Are there any exemptions from travel restrictions in Italy?
- Entry ban is exempted (regardless of nationality) who enter Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven needs of work, health or absolute urgency, with the obligation at the end of that period to leave the national territory immediately.
- For anyone (regardless of nationality) transiting, by private means, through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours.
- Health personnel entering Italy for the exercise of professional health qualifications
- Cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven reasons of work and the consequent return to their residence, dwelling or stay
- Officials and other essential workers, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, and military staff in the performance of their duties
- Pupils and students to attend a course of study in a country other than their country of residence, dwelling or abode, to which they return every day or at least once a week.
Do I have to download any mobile apps on arrival?
Yes, you can download the Immuni App. This is a contact-tracing app that helps send an alert if tested positive to the users of this app around the vicinity.
Are there any other rules and restrictions for international travelers
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
Face Masks: Wearing masks in indoor public spaces is required throughout Italy. It is not mandatory outdoors except in an event where you cannot keep a safe distance.
Social Distancing: Physical distancing of 1 metre is mandatory under all circumstances.
Physical Hygiene: Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. Always carry an alcohol based sanitizer in case soap and water is not available. Face shields are recommended in enclosed spaces.
Are there domestic travel restrictions in Italy?
Once approved entry, tourists can move freely within the country, with the exception of four regions, for which registration on arrival is still required:
- Sardinia - You must fill in an online form on the region's website 48 hours before arriving
- Sicily - You have to register on the Sicilia si cura website
- Apulia - You must fill in a self-report that you can download on the region's website
- Calabria - You must fill an online form on the region's website on COVID-19 emergency.
Are hotels open in Italy?
In the post-pandemic world, the hotels in Italy are taking strict precautions to curb the spread of the virus. Upon arrival, all guests are tested for the virus. If they are tested positive, they are isolated in their hotel room with a 24-hour medical assistance.
Are restaurants, cafes and bars in Italy open?
Restaurants, cafes, and bars have reopened in Italy while maintaining health protocols.
Are flights operating?
Yes, domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity. International flights have resumed for all European Union and Schengen nations. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew
Are trains operating?
Yes, train services have resumed at full capacity and frequency after easing restrictions on domestic travel. Strict hygiene measures continue to be employed at the train stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew. Time tables and track routes may have been updated. Please refer to the official timetable for updated timings.
What is the status of local transportation?
Metro: Metro services across cities are running at limited capacity and frequency. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at metro stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of the crew and the passengers
Buses: Driving within the country and in-between regions is now allowed without a permit.
Tram: Tram operations within cities have resumed at full frequency
Taxis: Taxi services resumed across all cities at limited capacity. Local city operators as well as app-based taxi services have resumed operations. Taxis are limited to 1/2 passengers per ride and strict hygiene and social distancing.
Where to go in Italy
Italy has a rich geography that begins in the foothills of the Alps and the Dolomites up north, follows the ways of its streams to the stunning Lake District before continuing into the heart of the country. Hidden valleys lie basking in the sun, producing some of the best wine and cheese in the world while monuments as old as time stand tall amongst contemporary buildings.
Things to do in Italy
With a stunning 4500km long coastline that envelops one of the most fascinating stages of human history, art, culture, architecture and food; Italy is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions and experiences in the world.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Italy
From discovering the longstanding emblems of the country like the Colosseum and the Pantheon to visiting some of the richest museums and galleries, Italy is a treasure trove that attracts millions of people from across the world. Here’s a list of some of the most popular attractions and landmarks in the country.
Away from the Crowd
The finer aspects of what places Italy on top of every traveler's bucket list is the beauty that the country hides in its countrysides, its mountains, its undulating valleys carpeted with vineyards and its stunning Mediterranean coastline.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for Italy
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.