What you need to know if you want to travel to Italy now
Italy has been the third most visited country in Europe in 2019. As the country managed to contain the pandemic, it has now opened its borders for tourists. Read more to find out what you should take into consideration if you plan to travel to Italy.
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Who can travel to Italy?
Italy opened up for tourism on June 3rd for a selected number of countries in the EU. The country decided to extend travel permissions to the third-party nations agreed by the European Commission with mandatory quarantine rules. Find below the list of countries you can travel from with and without quarantine.
Update 14th of October
Italy has once again increased the number of restrictions as the number of cases surged.
Countries with no travel restrictions
There are currently no restrictions for travel from the following countries:
Countries with a negative PCR test result requirement upon arrival
Travelers arriving from the countries below, must present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival to Italy:
Countries with quarantine restriction
A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for travelers arriving from the following countries:
Countries not allowed to travel to Italy
Travelers from the following countries of origin are not permitted entry to Italy:
What about the rest of the world?
Travelers from other countries are not allowed to enter Italy for travel purposes. They can only travel for business or other specific reasons.
What are the entry requirements for travel to Italy?
Incoming passengers from the EFTA and Schengen areas may enter the country without a negative test result and quarantine. All travelers must present a self-declaration upon arrival. You can find a model here.
The use of masks is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, including on public transportation.
For passengers who need to quarantine and do not respect the measure, they will be fined up to 1.000 EUR.
Region restrictions in Italy
Some regions in Italy have implemented their own restrictions. Therefore if you want to travel to the below regions, make sure to follow the rules:
- Apulia - you must complete a form that can be found on the official website.
- Calabria - a health declaration form must be filled in online prior to travel.
- Sardinia - an online form must be completed at least 48 hours before arrival.
- Sicily - prior to arrival, travelers have to register on the Sicilia si Cura website or on the app (iOS, Android).
What is open in Italy?
Most businesses are now open in Italy, including hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars. In addition, tourist attractions such as museums, parks, and cultural places have also opened in early June.
What is the current COVID-19 situation in Italy?
Italy was the first and one of the hardest hit countries by the pandemic. However, after strict quarantine measures, the nation managed to contain the spread of the virus. To date, Italy registered a total of 483.578 COVID-19 cases and almost 36.600 deaths. Even after the reopening for travelers, the country kept a downward slope of new cases. Since June 3rd, Italy has been decreasing from 500 to approximately 100 new cases per day. However, with a second wave an infection, cases started to rise again. You can check out detailed information by region here.
Top cities to visit in Italy
Bologna is one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Italy, filled with historic sites and beautiful views. Here you can also find the world's oldest university. Check out hotels in Bologna.
Florence is a city full of history and art. Here you can find the most amazing pieces of art created by famous artists such as Boticelli and Michelangelo. Find accommodation in Florence here.
Milan is the fashion capital of the world. In addition, it is a great city with plenty of sights to visit, such as the impressive Duomo di Milano. You can find places to stay in Milan here.
Naples is famous for the best pizza in the world. The old city center of Naples is the biggest one in the world and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the best accommodation options in Naples here.
Palermo is the capital of Sicily, the biggest island of Italy. The city presents a mix of Arab, Byzantine, and Gothic influences which are a delight for the eye. Find places to stay in Palermo here.
Pisa is famous for its Leaning Tour landmark. The city is situated in the wonderful region of Tuscany and it contains more than 20 historic places to visit. You can find accommodation in Pisa here.
Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of the most beautiful places to see in Europe. The city is full of historic landmarks, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon or the Fontana di Trevi. Check out a wide range of hotels in Rome here.
Verona is probably the most romantic city in Italy. Home to the Romeo and Juliet story, the town is perfect for a weekend getaway. Find your accommodation in Verona here.
Venice is another romantic city, famous for its canals and masquerade balls. Take a stroll around the beautiful streets and piazzas or visit the canals by taking a gondola ride. Check out places to stay in Venice here.
How to stay safe during your travel to Italy
In order to stay safe during your travel to Italy, you should respect the general recommendations to avoid getting the virus, such as:
- Keeping social distancing measures.
- Maintaining high-levels of hygiene, such as washing hands frequently.
- Avoiding touching any parts of the face.
- Staying at home or accommodation if you feel sick and avoid contact with others.
Did you find this article useful? You can also check out which countries are open now in Europe or what travel insurance companies cover for COVID-19.