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Many people are asking can you travel to Italy? now or later in the year. In this article we outline the conditions for travel to Italy. We will continue to update this page as the situation changes. We do not speculate on the prospects for changes in legislation or on any health related matter.
Last updated: September 27, 2020
Please note that as information can change quickly particularly with respect to different country advisories please check your own government travel advisories and call the Italian embassy in your country for specific information relating to your unique circumstances. We have provided links to these sources below.
This page is to assist travelers who have planned leisure or tourist trips to Italy. Different rules and regulations may apply if your travel relates to other purposes such as business, family reasons etc
If you wish to discuss your unique circumstances with fellow travelers please join our online community for people whose travels have been disrupted by Covid19.
FAQ about travel to Italy in 2020
Is Italy allowing international visitors to enter the country?
Yes however this is dependent on country of residence. The latest advice from the Italian government was given on 7th September 2020 and is expected to be updated in early October. You can read the official advice here. To check what the situation is for your country of residence and nationality, please go to this Italian government website that aims to clarify the situation for you.
For the latest information please check the Re-open EU website
Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Italy?
This depends on your country of residence and whether you have spent time in certain countries prior to arriving in Italy. Please review the above tables to determine your situation. At this time residents of the EU, Schengen Zone, United Kingdom and other smaller states may enter Italy without spending time in quarantine. You must not have spent time in other countries on the banned or quarantine lists in the 14 days prior to entering Italy.
Do I need a visa to enter Italy?
Citizens of the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand may enter Italy and stay up to 90 days without a visa within an 180 day period. You must have 6 months validity on your passport.
All other nationalities should check this Italian government site that walks you through whether a visa is required for your visit.
European Union and UK citizens can travel with photo identification.
Note – this information is subject to change and it is always best to check with your local foreign office for the latest advice on travel to Italy.
Am I allowed to leave the United States / Australia / United Kingdom / Canada / my country?
Currently the following advisories are in place. While every effort is made to keep this information current it is best to check with your country travel advisory in the “read more” links below.
- United States – Level 3 Reconsider travel to Italy due to COVID-19 – The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of covid-19 – read more
- United Kingdom – From 4 July, Italy is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks – more info
- Australia – There’s a ban on overseas travel from Australia. This ban is administered by the Department of Home Affairs. You can’t leave Australia unless you seek an exemption from Home Affairs – read more
- Canada – Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice – read more
- New Zealand – Do not travel overseas at this time – read more
Citizens of countries not on this list should refer to their country foreign affairs department.
Can I buy travel insurance to cover my trip?
Many travel insurance companies will not cover your trip for cancelations or health problems related to covid19. Most will not sell policies at all where a travel ban exists for your country of residence.
There are, however, many other reasons to take out travel insurance for Italy – you can read about them in this article.
No matter what decision you make, ensure you understand the risks associated with not having insurance and read the terms and conditions carefully should you decide to purchase a policy.
Are flights departing to Italy?
There are increasing numbers of flights to and from Italy, mainly from within European destinations. Here are the main airlines currently flying to airports in Italy however we suggest using Skyscanner or Google Flights for the most up to date information including smaller airlines
- Alitalia – some trans-Atlantic flights
- Air France – some trans-Atlantic flights
- KLM – some trans-Atlantic flights
- Aer Lingus – some trans-Atlantic flights with a change in Dublin
- Qatar – connections via Doha (United Arab Emirates)
- Etihad – connections via
- Virgin Atlantic – some trans-Atlantic routes
- British Airways
- Turkish Airlines
Do I need to register with authorities when I arrive?
A standard World Health Organisation form is required when you arrive by plane
If you need to quarantine you will be required to complete this form on arrival.
Some regions – Sardinia, Sicily, Puglia and Calabria – also require visitors to register their arrival – more info
What is the situation in Italy now?
Is there a state of emergency?
Yes. The Italian parliament extended the current state of emergency until October 15th, 2020.
Are many people still ill with covid-19? Are cases increasing?
Cases are rising in Italy. The country has reopened with restrictions in place and there is a state of emergency in place until October 7th, 2020. To check the latest figures and updates by region visit the Italian Ministry of Health (use Google translate to see English language).
Sadly more than 35,000 people have died due to covid-19 in Italy where there have been more than 246,000 infections.
What restrictions and social distancing rules apply?
Generally, you ned to keep a minimum distance of one metre from anyone else at all times when outside of your accommodation. If that is not possible, you need to wear a face mask. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces such as shops, restaurants or public transport. They must also be worn in outdoor areas between 6pm-6am. Sanitizing hands frequently is recommended in all settings. Please note that these requirements are changing quickly from region to region. Check with your accommodation provider – hotel, Airbnb, etc – for the latest information.
At some venues like restaurants, beach clubs, museums and galleries, your temperature may be taken. Access may be denied if your temperature is over 37.5°C
A full list of requirements and restrictions for different social settings is in this article published by the Italian tourist board.
Each region in Italy is able to set its own restrictions. Lombardy in particular has implemented special measures including wearing masks when outside at all times. Check with your accommodation what is required prior to your arrival.
Are the main attractions open?
Most of the main attractions including the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Pompeii Archaeological site, Uffizi Gallery and others are open and accepting visitors. The exception is underground activities such as the catacombs and crypts.
Limited tickets and new restrictions apply to visits to museums and attractions. You must book your tickets online in advance and attend at your scheduled time. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in these setting as is following a set route through the attraction. Expect temperature checks as well as the usual security measures. Access may be denied if your temperature is over 37.5°C
Do I need to wear a mask?
You are required to wear a face mask when you are in enclosed spaces, including shops, on public transport, in museums and galleries and in restaurants (except when you are sitting down). Some regions, including Lombardy, require wearing masks in all settings where you come into contact with people outside your household. Check with your accommodation what is required prior to your arrival.
Can I travel by train?
Yes. Special measures are in place to ensure safety when traveling by train. You are required to wear a face mask at all times and can be removed if you do not.
Can I eat out at restaurants?
Yes. Many require advance bookings and you are required to wear a mask except when you are sitting at your table. Temperature checks and other sanitary measures may also be required.
FAQ about planned vacations
Sadly many people have had trips to Italy canceled in 2020 and many may be forced to do so while we face this pandemic. If you have travel plans in the remainder of 2020 here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about reorganizing travel. While we do our best to keep this as accurate as possible, please refer to your own country consumer law and advice for the latest information.
Unfortunately we cannot assist with individual requests for assistance rebooking or canceling trips.
Is my flight / cruise / tour still departing?
Many flights, tours and cruises have already been canceled in 2020 including departures as late as October and November. Check with your travel agent or if you booked directly with relevant airlines and cruise companies for the latest information.
What should I do if my flights have been canceled?
If your airline cancels your flights you should be entitled to a full refund under most consumer jurisdictions. Once your flight cancelation is confirmed, the airline should advise when you will receive your refund. Make sure to also cancel accommodation, activity and tour bookings. You can also try to move your travel insurance coverage to new dates.
Refunds apply when the airline cancels your flight. If you choose not to fly then you will be subject to the change and cancelation rules of your fare and any special measures put in place by your airline to respond to the covid-19 situation.
Am I entitled to a refund on my flights / hotels and accommodation / tours?
This depends on the terms and conditions that you booked under and the consumer laws of your country and / or the country where the business is based. While many businesses are trying to refund customers who purchased non-refundable services, others are unable to or have chosen to offer vouchers for future use instead.
The Italian government issued this decree allowing travel companies to offer vouchers for future use instead of refunds. Many companies are applying this ruling to their businesses including the Colosseum and Vatican Museums.
If you are not happy with the compensation offered by the service provider you can file a dispute with your credit card company if you used one to book your travel.
What happens if I am offered a voucher and I would prefer a refund?
First, try and negotiate with the company. There are often very serious and legitimate reasons why people will not be able to travel in the future. You should state these clearly and most companies provide an exception in extenuating circumstances. If this does not produce an acceptable outcome, pursue a dispute with your credit card company as the next step.
Steps to take to reorganize or cancel your trip
- Review all your bookings and understand the terms and conditions under which you booked
- Contact the providers to understand their position on refunds and / or rebooking
- Decide what you want to do with respect to rebooking. You may be offered dates in a different time of year than you originally planned to travel. If you want to know what it is like in Italy at different times throughout the year check this article
- Contact your insurance provider to understand if you can recover any funds owing for services you do not wish to rebook
- You may choose to pursue fund recovery with your credit card for services you are not happy with the recourse offered
Recommended official websites for up to date information
- European Union ‘Reopen EU‘ – useful site with latest information on reopening in Italy – includes travel and health information plus details of differences by region
- IATA Travel Center – the International Air Travel Association’s site for up to date travel information used by airlines
- Italian Ministry of Health – tracks cases and issues related to coronavirus in Italy
- Italian Tourism Board – latest information for tourists on visiting Italy at this time (site in English)