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Italy is open for tourist! CNN: Traveling to Italy during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

June 14, 2021

Italy is open for tourist! CNN: Traveling to Italy during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Italy is waiting...

A recent CNN article gives you a good overview of far too many details to take in we all know there is simply so much information and advice 'out there' that it is difficult to sift and sort. Here is a synopsis for people flying from Canada and the USA, for more refer to the CNN article dated June 11, 2021. Like all travel just now, nothing is certain, so please check the links below regularly, check with your airline, ensure you have flexible cancellation policies. and most importantly in the words of Dr Bonnie Henry Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe


Leisure travel is now permitted from Canada and the United States. Travelers must arrive on a government-approved "Covid-tested" flight. Delta and Alitalia currently run these from New York JFK and Atlanta to Rome and Milan. Delta has announced plans to add more flights, from JFK to Venice July 2, and Atlanta to Venice, and Boston to Rome August 5.

United is now offering Covid-tested flights from Newark to Milan, and American Airlines is offering JFK to Rome and Milan.

Traveling from Canada? Air Canada will run Covid-tested flights from Toronto and Montréal to Rome, from July.

Those arriving on a "Covid-tested" flight must test negative 48 hours before boarding, then again at the airport, and a third time on arrival. They may then skip quarantine. Be aware, only officially designated "Covid-tested" flights approved by the Italian government can be used. Leisure travelers will not be admitted into Italy on any other flight.

Arrivals from the US and Canada who do not fly direct on a Covid-tested flight must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Arrivals from any other approved countries which have not been mentioned above must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.


Arrivals from Europe must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their arrival. They are also required to fill in a self-declaration form, and report to the local health authorities. The same rules apply to arrivals from the UK and Israel, though with a test taken 48 hours previously.

Italy's state of emergency has delegated power to individual regions, so localized lockdowns are always possible. But across the country, masks must be worn at all times in public, even outside. In red, orange and yellow zones there is an additional 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in place.

The country is currently divided into zones, depending on infection levels: red, orange, yellow and white.

In yellow zones, bars and restaurants can stay open throughout the day, but only for outdoor consumption. Indoor dining restarted June 1. Diners must be home by 11 p.m. for the curfew.

Shops are open. People can have guests at home -- up to four adults, plus an unlimited number of children. Trips to second homes are allowed, and sports have resumed -- you can now have up to 1,000 spectators outside, and 500 inside, socially distanced. Museums can reopen but on weekends and holidays tickets must be booked at least one day in advance. Theaters, concert halls and cinemas have also reopened, with 50% capacity, 1-meter social distancing, and obligatory advanced reservations.

In orange zones, it is up to local authorities as to whether people can have home visits. Trips to second homes are allowed, though without mixing with others. Restaurants offer takeout only and people can move freely within their own towns, but cannot leave their area unless for work or an emergency.

In red zones (highest risk), all shops are closed other than grocery stores and pharmacies. People may only leave their homes for work, health reasons, to go to a place of worship or to take exercise once a day.

White zones are almost back to normal, qualifying as extremely low risk -- where there are under 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. These areas are exempt from restrictions, but regions can bring in their own rules.

The 10 p.m. curfew was extended to 11 p.m. on May 19, and remains countrywide until further notice. However, white zones are not subject to the curfew -- although Sardinia opted to keep it when it turned white in February.

Useful links

Airport of Rome - Fumincino re covid and vaccine locations

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