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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.

Is it safe travelling to Italy after COVID-19?

The COVID-19 situation in Italy is constantly evolving and the country has opened its international borders to non-essential travelers, especially tourists for selected countries. As the number of new cases has begun to stabilize, the country has etched out a 4 phased plan of recovery and is operating in the last phase.

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Italy Travel Restrictions Post COVID-19

Public spaces, museums, art galleries and a few tourist attractions opened for domestic travelers as of May 18, 2020. The country opened its borders starting with allowing tourists from EU nations from June.

After nearly three months, one of the countries hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, Italy, has begun to ease its lockdown. Italy has opened its restaurants, bars, churches, museums, beaches and public places to domestic travelers. The relaxed restrictions have been coupled with strict social distancing policies. However, only domestic travel within the same region is permissible, with an additional permit required if Italians would like to travel out of their home region.

What are the quarantine rules and restrictions for international travelers coming to Italy?

Compulsory quarantine only for travellers coming from third-party nations.

Updates on Travel Restriction in Italy

Current Measures
  • Are there travel restrictions to Italy for international travellers? Nationals of EU/Schengen nations can enter the country without any quarantine. There is compulsory quarantine 2 weeks for travellers coming from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

  • Are there domestic travel restrictions in Italy? Unrestricted travel within Italy started from 3 June.

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Entry and Exit

While Italy is closed to any non-essential visits from domestic and international travelers, the government plans to ease restrictions from the first week of June. The country will slowly open up to international travelers, starting from countries in the EU. Various safety measures and health checks will be put in place at airports and other check points.

Local Transport
  • Domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity.
  • International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials, repatriated citizens and 14 third countries.
  • Airlines are running at limited frequency and capacity. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
  • Quarantine rules still apply to all incoming international passengers except from EU and Schengen nations.

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.

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  • Genova
  • Catania
  • Capri
  • Rome
  • Fasano
  • Milan
  • Naples
  • Florence
  • Cattolica
  • Turin
  • Venice
  • Pompeii
  • Lake Garda
  • Amalfi
  • Castelnuovo del Garda VR
  • Firenze
  • Vatican City
  • Cinque Terre
  • Pombia
  • Lugano

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.

Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica
Duomo di Milano
Amalfi Coast
Bellagio Island
Uffizi Gallery

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.

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  • Monterosso
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Bellagio Island
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Pompeii
  • Mount Etna
  • Mt. Vesuvius Volcano
  • Vernazza
  • Lake Como
  • Pombia Safari Park
  • Lake Garda
  • Positano
  • Collegiate Church
  • Punta Carena Lighthouse

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.

Packing Essentials
  • 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.

Health & Hygiene
  • 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/Health Insurance

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.

What to do in an Emergency

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.

Virtually Experience the Best Destinations in Italy

Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean we’ve lost our wanderlust. Join online experiences, from interactive cooking classes to livestream walking tours, no matter where you are in the world.

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  • Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Duomo di Milano
  • Uffizi Gallery

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.

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