Italy eases lockdown and is open to travelers from EU

Italy eases lockdown and is open to travelers from EU

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What are the rules travelers must comply with while visiting Italy?

From 3 June, Italian cities have been open to travelers from the rest of the European Union. As of that date, the 14-day quarantine requirement ended for arrivals to the country from the 27 member states of the European Union, including arrivals from the UK, Schengen area, Andorra, and Monaco. The gates of San Marino and Vatican City are also open. 

Each region of Italy has its own rules on top of the national ones

Each of the twenty regions of Italy has its own rules in place on top of the national onesEach of the twenty regions of Italy has its own rules in place on top of the national ones — Sara Sette / Shutterstock

From 1 July, there have been relaxations of the rules which people in Italy need to comply with. Italy has a highly decentralized government and each of the twenty regions of Italy has its own rules in place on top of the national ones. Travelers to Italy are therefore advised to check what the restrictions are for the part which they want to visit.

Travelers to Italy’s 20 regions can find information on coronavirus restrictions via the following links (*asterisks indicate Italian regions which are autonomous):






Friuli-Venezia Giulia*

Latium (Lazio)






Puglia (Apulia)

Sardegna (Sardinia)*

Sicialia (Sicily)*

Toscana (Tuscany)

Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-South Tyrol)*


Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley)*

Veneto (Venice)

Is Italy open to travelers from outside of the EU?


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The Italian government has opted not to be part of the EU-wide plan to open up to 15 countries outside the bloc from 1 July. This plan comprises Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Italy remains closed to these countries since it is at the discretion of each country as to what measures they will take in order to control the spread of coronavirus. 

The autonomous region of Sardinia is currently accepting arrivals from the 15 countries in the EU plan, albeit requiring a 14-day quarantine.

“The global situation remains very complex,” said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza. “We must prevent the sacrifices made by Italians in recent months being in vain.”

The country hasn’t announced yet when it expects to lift the travel ban. However, it reviews the situation on a regular basis since the easing of restrictions started in early May.

What coronavirus measures and rules to expect when in the country?

Despite a safe social distance rule, people like to be socialDespite a safe social distance rule, people like to be social — Kateřina Brnáková, Rome, 6 July

Italy now finds itself in “phase two” of its efforts to return to normality. This phase is described as “living alongside the virus” before a vaccine has been developed and widely available.

At points of entry to the country, temperature checks are in place. Anyone arriving with a temperature over 37.5C (99.5F) may be denied entry or obliged to undergo quarantine.

All visitors to Italy are required to download a contact-tracing app — Immuni — which was rolled out in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Face masks are mandatory on all public transport, shops, and other indoor places.

In public places, such as parks and public gardens, people must strictly keep a safe social distance of at least one meter from other people.

Regarding sports activities, the minimum safe distance has been defined as two meters, including for professional athletes, with the intention of gradually resuming normal operations. For all people, professional and non-professional, gyms, swimming pools, sports centers, and clubs are open with the condition that activities within them adhere to the rules.

From 15 June, shows at theatres, cinemas, concert halls, and open-air spaces were resumed with the conditions that indoor events have a maximum attendance of 200 spectators for individual rooms and 1,000 for outdoor places. The opening of each individual space also needs to be in compliance with the minimum safe distance regulation, including in dance halls and nightclubs. Large-scale gatherings of any type are still not allowed.

Restaurants and gyms require advance bookings

Restaurants and gyms are subject to advance bookings as wellRestaurants and gyms are subject to advance bookings as well — Sara Sette / Shutterstock

Galleries and museums are open and subject to the safe-distance regulation. It is necessary for attendees to make advance bookings for exhibitions. Restaurants and gyms are subject to advance bookings as well.

Public transport companies have resumed operations and have implemented rules to avoid the overcrowding of stations during peak periods. Interregional transport services have resumed. Cruises remain suspended on all Italian ships for now.

Sanitization points are available wherever possible.

The situation in Italy and around the world changes every day and we always advise you to check official sources for the latest information. 

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