Is It Safe to Travel to Italy Right Now in 2021? (during Covid)
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Italy was the first Western country to be severely hit by the virus at the beginning of the pandemic. As of today, all its areas are classified as “white” under its red, orange, yellow and white ranking. This means the country is quite a safe place to travel to for now. 

Authorities will no longer introduce restrictions based on the incidence rate of Covid-19 but on levels of hospital occupancy, which for now remain low. 

August 5 – Italy will keep its citizens and visitors safe by requesting the EU Digital COVID Certificate to access tourist venues

Starting August 6, only green-pass holders will have access to museums, live events, pools, indoor restaurants, public transport and flights within Italy. 

The certification must show the visitor has been vaccinated, had a negative test in the last 48 hours, or has recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.

One dose of an approved vaccine is enough to obtain access. 

How can people get the Green Pass in Italy?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate can be downloaded here. It is available in Italian, English, French and German.

The document comes with a scannable QR code, and can either be saved on a smartphone or printed out as a hard copy. 

Failing to present the green pass will result in €400 to €1,000 fines for both customers and business owners.

Is it safe to travel to Italy right now?

Italy has a level 3 travel alert according to the CDC. This means there is a “high” risk of getting and spreading the virus. Being fully vaccinated before traveling is highly recommended. 

As of today, the country has reported an average of 5,604 daily cases with an increase of 83 percent over the last two weeks. The death toll also increased by 70 percent.

Wearing a face mask indoors and outdoors is still mandatory when social distancing is not not possible.

COVID-19 cases in Italy
COVID-19 cases per region in Italy
COVID-19 cases per region in Italy

What is open in Italy right now?

To date, all Italian regions are white-zoned. This means that at least for the peak tourist season, visitors have total freedom of movements day and night.

All activities and tourist venues are open, including restaurants, bars, amusement parks and nightclubs (although dancing is not allowed).

Why visit Italy during the pandemic?

1. Rome

Because there is no other city in the world with the history that Rome offers. Walking through the Roman Forum and the Roman Colosseum where once real gladiators fought is an experience that everyone should live. 

2. Florence

The birthplace of the Renaissance offers some of the finest art galleries and museums in the world. Get impressed by the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the world-famous “David,” the masterpiece of Michelangelo at Galleria dell’ Accademia. 

3. The Vatican Museum

All thirteen of them are among the most impressive museums in the world. The mystery of its masterpieces collected over centuries will never disappoint.

What countries can enter Italy?

All EU members plus the United States, Canada and Japan can enter Italy without quarantine. 

Italy requires all Eu Member States, Schengen Area on the List C and other allowed visitors to present their EU Digital COVID Certificate.

It must show a negative COVID-19 test, proof or recovery from COVID-19 or a vaccinated certificate showing they received the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival in the country.

Read our full post: Italy is open for tourism – Entry requirements

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