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Tourism restarts in Italy

Last update 9 October 2020

Italy’s tourism is ready to start again and to welcome tourists – Italians and foreigners – for the summer season. It is now again possible to move freely within the whole country and use any normal service: museums and cultural centers, hotels, bars and restaurants have opened their doors; airports, railway stations and transport services are operational; campsites, mountain huts and beach resorts have made arrangements to safely welcome travelers.

With the exception of four regions, for which registration on arrival is required:

  • Sardinia: people wanting to visit Sardinia must register on the website Sardegna Sicura before their arrival. On the island, face masks are compulsory everywhere indoor, whilst outdoor must be worn when social distancing cannot be respected.
  • Sicily: all people entering the island from abroad need to register on website www.costruiresalute.it and, starting from September 30th, will be given a rapid Covid test on arrival. Citizens resident in Sicily will be able to communicate their arrival from abroad by registering on the website or by informing their doctor or pediatrician.
  • Apulia: you need to fill in a self-report that you can download on the region's website.
  • Calabria: you need to fill an online form on the region's website on Covid emergency.

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public places throughout Italy; they also must be worn outdoor in proximity of other non-cohabiting people.
In Lazio, face masks are mandatory outdoor in all circumstances.

All foreign citizens who arrive in Italy can use the app Immuni, created by the Ministry of Health and the Minister of technological innovation to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Travel to Italy is freely allowed, without having to justify their reasons for travelling and without being required to self-isolate, to:

  • Citizens of EU countries
    With the exception of people entering from/returning from the following EU countries:
    - Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic and Spain: travellers from  these Countries must present a certificate of having had a molecular or antigenic test, with negative result within 72 hours of entering Italy: as an alternative they must have a molecular or antigenic test done when they arrive at the airport or at the frontier (where possible) o within 48 hours from their arrival on Italian territory by going to their local health authority.
    - Romania: travellers from these countries must quarantine and present an auto-certification: they can reach their final destination in Italy only by a private means of transport.
  • Citizens of countries part of the Schengen agreement
  • Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

Anyone who stayed in a country other than the above mentioned 14 days prior to their entry to Italy, will have to isolate for 14 days.

For measures to be applied to specific countries not included in this list, we recommend to visit the dedicated page on the info page on travel of the Italian Foreign Affair Ministry’s website.

In all cases, whoever enters Italy from any foreign country must complete a self-declaration form and hand it to the personnel of his chosen means of transport or to the local police in case of checks. The form can be downloaded from this link.

These provisions will be reviewed and updated every two weeks.

For further details and exemptions please check the FAQ on the Italian Foreign Affair Ministry’s website.

Here all detailed information for all areas:

TRAVELLING BY CAR


Co-habiting people and stable relationships

No limitation or measure is requested for the use of the car in the cases when the passengers are:

- co-habiting people or living in the same house

– spouses and people that entertain stable inter-personal relationships (husband & wife, family relations and similar that do not co-habit but that they see each other in a stable manner, people that are not family relations but that normally use the same premises)

Non-cohabiting people

In all other cases it is  possible to use the car for journeys provided that:

- only the driver should be seated in the front of the car (the front seat intended for a passenger must not be used);

- a maximum of two passengers sit on the rear seat, leaving the central seat free;

- the driver and passengers must wear masks during the entire stay in the car;

Example: For a small car (4 or 5 seats), the transport of a maximum of 3 people is allowed: A driver and two passengers sitting in the rear row and arranged on opposite sides.

If the car has several rear rows, the same provisions as previously illustrated apply: A maximum of two passengers per row seated on opposite sides of the seat, leaving the central seat free.

If the car is equipped with a physical separator (plexiglas) between the front and rear row of the car, the use of a mask is not necessary but, in this case, the presence of the driver and only one passenger seated in the rear row is allowed.

Example: For a small car (4 or 5 seats) the transport of a maximum of 2 people is allowed: the driver and a passenger sitting in the rear row.

In contrast to the national rules, the following Regions allow the use of 100% car space in all situations:  Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Puglia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Alto-Adige.

BARS AND RESTAURANTS


You can normally go to restaurants, bars, pubs, pastry-shops and ice-cream parlors. Masks must be worn when you go inside and anytime you get up from your table. Body temperature may be measured at the entrance; you may be required to sanitize your hands; there may be different entry and exit routes. You need to wait to be accompanied to your table. Food and drinks can be ordered at the counter, but you need to keep a distance of at least one meter to other people. As for restaurants, reservation is recommended.

BEACHES AND BEACH RESORTS


Body temperature may be measured when going into beach resorts. You need to wait to be accompanied to your beach umbrella (reservation is recommended). Inside a beach club, you need to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meter to other people. In free beaches you need to keep a distance of at least 1 meter; group sports that can lead to gathering of people are banned.

HOTELS AND ACCOMODATION


When going into hotels, B&Bs, hostels and apartments, body temperature may be measured and you may need to clean your hands with sanitizing gel. In communal areas and elevators, you need to keep a social distance of at least 1 meter (not necessary for members of the same family, people living together or staying in the same room). Masks must be worn in indoor communal areas, while are not requested outdoors.

SHOPS AND BUSINESSES


In shops, shopping malls, markets, beauty and hair salons, you have to wear your own mask for the whole duration of your stay and keep a distance of 1 meter to other people. Entrance may be limited, there may be thermal scanners to measure your temperature and you may be asked to sanitize your hands. While waiting, people need to keep a safety distance. In the case of beauty and hair salons, reservation is preferable.

CONNECTIONS AND MEANS OF TRANSPORT


Connections by plane, ship and road to other EU countries, Schengen countries and United Kingdom are active. Connections to other countries are not possible until 30 June. On buses, long-distance coaches, ferryboats, ships and trains it’s always necessary to wear a mask, keep a safety distance to strangers and only take specified seats. The number of passengers may be limited.

MOUNTAIN HUTS


Access to mountain huts is limited to a maximum number of people and possible only if you wear a mask and sanitize your hands. In the hut and outdoors, you need to keep a distance of 1 meter to strangers. It’s table service only. Booking is recommended for overnight stay, lunch and dinner.

OFFICES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


To access public or private offices, a mask is necessary. Temperature may be measured when going inside; you may be asked to sanitize your hands. Access by appointment is preferable.

GYMS AND POOLS


When going into a swimming pool or a gym, temperature may be measured and you may need to clean your hands with a sanitizer gel. Entrance may be limited and by reservation. Inside you cannot share your locker with other people or exchange bottles, towels or bathrobes. In changing rooms and showers, you need to use only the specified spaces keeping a safety distance. You need to take a shower before going into the pool and wear a swim cap. As for gyms, you need to keep a distance of 1 meter to other people and of 2 meters while training, always wearing shoes exclusively intended for the gym.

MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL CENTERS


Before going into museums, archives and libraries, body temperature may be measured and you may be requested to sanitize your hands. Access may be limited to a maximum number of people: you need to wait in line for your turn keeping a safety distance and follow possible specified routes. A mask must be worn throughout the whole visit. Here the updated list of Italy’s museums that are open.

CAR RENTALS AND EQUIPMENT RENTALS


In vehicle rental offices or equipment rentals you need to wear a mask, body temperature may be measured and you may be asked to sanitize your hands. There may be guided routes to avoid a gathering of people. In case of rental of bicycles, cars or other equipment, you may need to sanitize your hands or wear gloves.

PLAYGROUNDS


In playgrounds, in public or private areas, you may need to sanitize your hands when arriving and leaving. The mask is only mandatory for kids above six years of age. You need to keep a distance of at least 1 meter to strangers.

CINEMAS AND THEATRES


Access to cinemas, theatres and arenas for shows may be limited and may need a reservation. People waiting in line should keep a safety distance and follow the specified routes. Inside, body temperature may be measured and you may be required to sanitize your hands. You can only seat where indicated keeping a distance of at least one meter to other spectators (with the exception of family members, couples or groups of friends). Spectators should wear a face mask for the entire duration of the show (except children under the age of six).

NATURE PARKS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS


As for amusement parks, zoos, fun fairs or water parks entrance may be limited to a maximum number of people. People waiting in line should keep a safety distance of 1 meter and follow a forced path. Body temperature may be measured and you may be required to sanitize your hands (before entry and exit from any amusement or playground). As for adventure parks, people should keep a distance of 2 meters when doing sports and sanitize their hands before wearing helmets or rental equipment. A face mask is always mandatory (with the exception of water parks).

FESTIVALS AND TRADE SHOWS


When entering festivals and trade shows body temperature may be measured and you may be requested to clean your hands with a sanitizing gel. There may be directional signs on the ground and different entry and exit points. You must keep your assigned seat and keep a distance of at least one 1 meter to people outside your group or family. You need to wear a mask.

THERMAL BATHS AND WELLNESS CENTERS


To access spa facilities and wellness centers you need a reservation: access is limited. At the entrance, temperature may be measured and you may be asked to sanitize your hands; there may be different entry and exit points. You must keep a social distance of at least 1 meter and wear a face mask in communal areas and indoors. Clothes, towels and lockers are for personal use only. During a beauty treatment and massage, you should wear a face mask and sanitize your hands before and after any treatment. Sauna and Turkish bath (with the exception of hotels offering exclusive use of the spa) cannot be used.

TOURISTIC GUIDES AND ALPINE GUIDES


Touristic guides and alpine guides can only work with small groups. As for tours with touristic guides, you should wear a mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1 meter to other participants. Before starting sports activities temperature may be measured and you may need to sanitize your hands. You cannot swap equipment, clothes, food or drinks. For the whole duration of the activity, you should keep a social distance of two meters. For climbing, alcohol-based liquid chalk is preferable.

DISCOS


Access to discos is limited: you are required to keep a safety distance of at least 1 meter while waiting in line. At the entrance, temperature may be measured and you may be asked to sanitize your hands; there may be separate entry and exit routes. A face mask must be worn indoors and outdoors when you cannot keep a distance of at least one meter. You cannot drink at the counter; you can go to the bar keeping a social distance.


To get further information and details have a look at the Guidance Standards for Hospitality Reopening.