Italy may reopen for tourism on June 2 but for now is only open for essential travel with EU countries and has banned flights from multiple others.
Entry requirements vary depending on the flight’s origin.
A negative PCR COVID-19 test result and quarantine are required from 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.
Italy reopening for tourism – Latest Updates
Regional Affairs Minister Mariastella Gelmini, stated that Italy is ready to ease restrictions starting May “in a major way”, and may even lift some of them on April 20, said at a conference yesterday, April 8.
“There are businesses that can be opened overnight such as barber shops,” he said. “Others can’t, like the big hotels. We have to monitor the health data and, on that basis, open as soon as possible.”
Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia also said that June 2 might be a good day to reopen for tourism.
However, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi went more cautious and said that the date to reopen for tourism “has not been set in stone” and the situation can change at any time.
Italy has extended its State of Emergency until, at least, April 30.
After halting the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to medical concerns, Italy has decided to lift its temporary ban until more research is done. Yesterday, The World Health Organization’s expert committee on coronavirus vaccines stated that according to their review this vaccine has “tremendous potential to prevent infections and reduce deaths.” So, Italy will continue using it for now.
Culture minister Dario Franceschini has announced that the government’s technical scientific committee (CTS) has approved a potential reopening of cinemas and theatres on March 27. Also, museums in “yellow zones” would be allowed to reopen at weekends.
The capacity of these venues and the official date will be released when Italian prime minister Mario Draghi announces the new regulations of the next emergency decree, next week.
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.
Americans traveling for essential travel to Italy are allied. This includes students, businesspersons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens.
Travelers departing on COVID-tested international flights between the United States and Italy will not have to undergo quarantine on arrival in Italy. These flights are limited so it’s recommended for travelers to check about this option with their carriers.
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.
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.
COVID-19 situation in Italy
Italy is seeing a spike in COVID cases, as of today, the country has reported 3,736,526 cases and 113,579 deaths. Additionally, the country has registered 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
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 visitors 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
Bars and restaurants (reservation is recommended)
Gyms and pools
Thermal Baths and wellness centers
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)