CoronaVirus – Travel tips

7 September 2020 – updates

Italy’s latest decree extends most of the current rules aimed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the new decree will be valid until October 7th.
Masks remain compulsory, everyone must wear them in enclosed public spaces such as shops, restaurants or public transport. They must also be worn in outdoor areas between 6pm-6am.

The decree also keeps in place a ban on entry from countries on Italy’s no-travel list. There are 16 countries currently included: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
Those returning to Italy from Spain, Malta, Greece and Croatia will face mandatory testing on arrival and the quarantine obligation for those arriving from Romania and Bulgaria.
Travel from elsewhere, including from the US, remains possible for essential reasons only and arrivals will still face a 14-day quarantine.

15 July 2020 – updates

Italy has renewed its restrictions to counter the Covid-19 crisis until 31 July.
Remains obligation to wear masks in enclosed public spaces and the continued prohibition of public gatherings of people.
14-day quarantine remains in place for all arrivals from extra-European countries and suspension of flights to and from 13 additional countries: Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Brasil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
Italy will constantly update coronavirus travel ban with high risk countries.

6 June 2020 – updates

The Italian government has now lifted most of the country’s strict lockdown rules, including many travel restrictions.

The main rule to follow is social distancing, in addition it’s mandatory to wear masks in closed spaces, such as shops, museums and while using transportation in any situation where it’s not possible to guarantee the interpersonal safety distance. The gathering of crowds remains prohibited.

Most of Italy’s top museums and archaeological sites have reopened, like the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, under strict conditions including advance booking, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

In the archaeological sites and museums for security reasons all visitors shall be screened. Infrared devices will measure the personal temperature and people with a body temperature above 37.5 ° will not be allowed to continue their visit.

At the moment many of the hotels and restaurants have remained closed and are expected to reopen later on.

16 May 2020 – updates
As part of the plans to ease travel restrictions, the Italian Government announced, starting on June 3, travelers from European Countries* and Schengen Area, will be allowed to travel to and from Italy without a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
*The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel in the EU will stay the same until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. Gov.UK

The move, also allow people to move freely inside the country from the same day.
Large public gatherings will still be banned, on public transportation and in public spaces wearing face masks is mandatory. Social distancing measures are maintained

Restaurants can reopen as long as customers are kept at one meter distance from each other, with mandatory face masks for both staff and customers (when not sitting at tables).

Eventual new travel restrictions will be put in place only in certain areas, depending on outbreaks of the coronavirus, Italy’s Council of Ministers said

11 May 2020 – updates
From May 4th, the official list of regulations has been somewhat relaxed. However, the use of masks in enclosed spaces accessible to the public is now mandatory (including on public transport and in shops).
Take out will be allowed from restaurants, cafes, and similar businesses, in addition to the delivery services which have been allowed thus far. Though dining-in is still not allowed.

Museums will resume normal schedules from May 18th.
Non-essential travel to Italy is highly recommended to be suspended. a 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all travelers who enter Italy.
Public transport including airlines, trains, and buses continue to operate but with reduced frequency.

Walks are only allowed when strictly necessary to carry out a journey justified by one of the motives just mentioned.
The use of one’s bike is allowed to reach work, home, or any stores which remain open. It is also allowed to carry out outdoor physical activity. In any case, the minimum interpersonal distance must be respected (at least 1 meter apart).

Rules are planned to be further relaxed on the 18th of May.

25 April 2020 – updates
The lockdown is extended until 04 May 2020. 

02 april 2020 – updates
As a result of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 1st April 2020 the lockdown is extended until 13 April 2020. 

21 march 2020 – updates
Italy’s coronavirus lockdown will be extended beyond the current term of April 3. An official date hasn’t been provided yet.

 09 march 2020 – updates
Colosseum and Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel, will remain closed until April 3 at least.
As a result of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 8 March 2020, valid until 3 April 2020, the opening of the museums and other cultural institutes and places referred to in Article 101 of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, referred to in Legislative Decree No 42 of 22 January 2004, is suspended.

02 march 2020

The Coronavirus & tourism in Italy:

Staying safe and aware while making the most of your Roman and Italian adventure

Traveling to Rome is a magical experience at all times of the year. But with the recent circulation of news concerning the coronavirus, many of us find ourselves questioning our next trip to the Eternal City. While the coronavirus has affected some parts of Italy, it is important to consider the facts related to the illness and how it has impacted Rome and the security of travel to this area.

What is the coronavirus?
The COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a respiratory disease which comes from a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from mild common colds to more severe respiratory syndromes. First detected in Wuhan City, China, COVID-19 is thought to have been initiated by human contact with infected livestock. Eventually, the virus continued to spread through human to human contact, infecting thousands of people in China and abroad.

The coronavirus in Italy.
On January 30th, authorities confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in Italy. Currently, the number of those infected sits just above 2,200, in a population of nearly 60 million people. With that said, the majority of cases are confined to two clusters of small cities in northern Italy, located nearly 500 kilometers to the north of Rome. However, the region of Lazio (where Rome is located) has confirmed 22 cases of the virus thus far, all of whom are in quarantine.

Currently, the government has issued a “Do Not Travel Notice” to the regions of Lombardy and Veneto and has restricted and/or suspended direct flights from Chinese points-of-origin. Authorities are also providing basic wellness checks to all people flying into Italy’s major airports to stop the entrance of infected individuals. However, there have been no travel restrictions placed on Rome or its surrounding areas. It is also important to note that Rome has not experienced a major closure of public spaces or touristic sites, nor a shortage of food during this period. Although, as a precaution, schools and universities throughout Italy have been closed until mid-March and one Roman historical site, the Catacombs, are closed due to their humid nature and potential to foster disease.

  1. Don’t travel if you are already feeling sick.
  2. Wash your hands often using sanitizing soap.
  3. Maintain distance from anyone exhibiting symptoms of the virus including a cough or fever.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing in public.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.

Safety while you’re in Rome.
This virus may be leaving you with a sense of hesitation to visit Rome, but you know what they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” In this case, that means continuing on with life, plans and travel as usual, while maintaining healthy behaviors to prevent the spreading of disease.

Rome awaits.
What we want to say is… don’t panic! You can still create life-long memories and take in all the great ancient history Rome has to offer through Rome tours with your family and friends. Participate in Vatican tours and bask in the great marvels of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more. Or decide to see Rome’s most iconic landmarks through Colosseum tours, where you can travel back nearly 2,000 years to a period of arena fighting, gladiators, and emperors. Whichever way you choose to enjoy the glory this unforgettable destination, consider the following suggestions to make your trip more pleasant and safe.

  • Take private and small-group tours during off-peak hours (early morning or late afternoon)—in doing so, you can avoid the large crowds that tend to form near major tourist sites!
  • Purchase skip-the-line entry passes—with these in hand, you can visit sites more quickly and avoid the lengthy lines at entrances, rendering your visit less tiresome and more enjoyable!

Stay informed by continuously checking for alerts with your government, airline, and embassy regarding the virus. Ultimately, the decision to travel is yours… but by taking the proper steps to prepare for your trip to Rome, you can help to keep yourself healthy and enjoy a beautiful journey to one of the oldest cities in history.