Covid-19: Italy reopens for international tourism

Covid-19: Italy reopens for international tourism

Thu 20 May 2021 9:07 AM

Over a third of Italians have now received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and almost one-sixth of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated. With these numbers in mind and more vaccines on the way, the Italian government has outlined plans to relax rules over the coming weeks.



Florence from the Bardini Gardens






Movement between regions will be regulated by a “green pass” system. You can travel between yellow zones without the need for certification, but travelling between “red” and “orang” regions will require documentation that shows a) you have been fully vaccinated within the last six months; b) you have had Covid and have fully recovered within the last six months; or c) that you have been tested for Covid and have had a negative result within the last 48 hours.


Effective May 16, entry into Italy is now allowed from countries of the European Union, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Israel without the need to quarantine. Travellers are still required to produce on arrival a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, taken in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.


Effective May 16, travellers from the US can now return to Italy on Covid-tested flights without the need to quarantine. (Delta, American Airlines and United are operating these services.)


According to an article in the New York Times, the European Union is planning to reopen its borders to travellers who have been “fully vaccinated with an approved shot and to those coming from a list of countries considered safe from a coronavirus perspective”. The relaxing of international travel could be implemented as early as next week. Approved shots are likely to mean Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.






On May 19, the curfew was changed to between 23:00 and 05:00.


On June 7, the curfew will change to between 24:00 and 05:00.


The restriction will be removed on June 21.  






Museums and exhibitions are open.


Cinemas and theatres are open with 50 per cent capacity. No more than 1,000 spectators are permitted outdoors and 500 indoors.


At present, restaurants and eateries are open for lunch and dinner, but only outdoors and in yellow zones. A maximum of four persons can sit together, while bigger groups are allowed if you all live together. From June 1, in yellow zones, restaurants and eateries may also serve diners indoors.


Shopping centres may reopen at weekends on May 22.


Theme parks may reopen on June 15.


Cultural, recreational and social centres may reopen on July 1.






Gyms may reopen on May 24. Indoor pools and spa centres may reopen on July 1.


Outdoor stadiums may reopen on June 1 and indoor stadiums on July 1. Capacity will be reduced to 25 per cent, with no more than 1,000 spectators outdoors and 500 indoors.

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