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Italy is open for tourism with PCR test required: Latest Updates

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Italy is open for tourism with PCR test required: Latest Updates

Italy is open for tourism but it has banned flights from several countries. Entry requirements vary depending on the flight’s origin. PCR is required for most travelers.

Flights to and from Brazil have been completely suspended and travelers who have been there over the last 14 days are refused entry. The U.K. and Northern Ireland are under a similar ban, however there is an exception for Italian citizens and residents returning from these territories.

The Italian government currently allows entry to E.U. and Schengen associated countries with restrictions. Non-essential travel has been banned from most non-EU countries due to the second wave of Coronavirus.

Italy reopening for tourism – Latest Updates

February 17

Italian authorities have stopped all air traffic between Italy and Brazil. Flights from the UK, and Northern Ireland are authorized to transport returning citizens/residents and essential workers only. 

The interregional travel ban was extended until February 25, threatening to affect the ski tourism industry. Ultimately, Italian authorities decided to forbid amateur skiing altogether until at least March 5.

Vaccination rollout

To date Italy has vaccinated approximately 3% of its population. The rollout is advancing at a similar pace as neighbor nations, but well below that of the UK.

January 5 – Interregional travel is banned in Italy until at least January 15. (Source: garda.com)

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The new decree brings rules to travel from/to abroad, and classify countries into 5 categories. Click on them to find the restrictions. (Source: Ministero della Salute)

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All travelers, regardless of their nationality, must fill in this self-declaration form. Several of the countries listed above have additional restrictions.

Entry Requirements

Visitors in categories A, B, C, and D are allowed entry for any purpose, including tourism. 

  • Travelers from A and B are not required to bring a COVID-19 test result or quarantine.
  • Arrivals from C and D need to bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test result no older than 48 hours before entering the country.
  • In addition, travelers from D will need to self-isolate for 14 days and are banned from using public transportation.

All restrictions apply to those who have been to a D or C territory in the 14 days previous to their arrival in Italy.

Unmarried couples can be reunited

Italy has joined the “Love is not Tourism” movement and it will soon allow unmarried non-European partners to reunite with their Italian significant others. The specific requirements to travel have not been announced.

Is Italy experiencing a second COVID-19 as its neighboring countries?

As of February 17, Italy is seeing a spike in COVID cases and they have reported cases of new more contagious strains. Therefore, the country is imposing more travel restrictions and entry requirements for visitors.

What activities are currently allowed in Italy?

Consult the local government for changes on the information below

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  • Beaches and beach resorts (group sports are still banned)
  • Nature Parks and Amusement Parks (2 meters distance for playing sports)
  • Festival and Trade shows
  • Touristic Guides and Alpine Guides 

Outdoor activities require you to maintain a distance of 1 meter from strangers and wear a mask when that is not possible (like interacting with employees).

  • Hotels and lodging facilities
  • Shops and businesses
  • Mountain Huts
  • Bars and restaurants (reservation is recommended)
  • Gyms and pools
  • Museums open to the public
  • Cinemas and theatres 
  • Thermal Baths and wellness centers
  • Discos

To access indoor spaces your temperature will be taken, you will also have to wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.

Italy

Sicily is planning to help visitors pay for their trip! In an attempt to boost tourism the island is planning to partially cover your hotel and attractions bills. Click here to see the latest updates about this program.

According to the CDC organization, traveling to Italy, Holy See and Vatican City should be avoided at the moment. Alert is at level 4 and chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 are high. (Source: CDC.gov)

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