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Vacation in Italy 2021 - the current situation and rules for travel

The dream destinations in Italy have long remained in the corona rigor. But at Whitsun 2021, places like Venice, the Adriatic coast and Lake Garda are again looking forward to tourists. When entering Italy, only proof of vaccination, recovery or a test is required. And in some regions, all on-site restrictions will soon be lifted ...

No more quarantine for Italy vacationers

Conversely, the entire country including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily is considered a corona risk area and is on the corresponding list of the Robert Koch Institute. But: Quarantine on return is no longer necessary if a corona test is presented. In addition, the number of infections in Italy is falling steadily.

We inform travelers about what they need to consider when planning their vacation and when they are in Italy.

The current corona situation in Italy

Italy is one of the countries in Europe hardest hit by the corona pandemic. The nationwide 7-day incidence is currently 76.6 (as of May 18, 20221), still above the critical limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. All of Italy has been a corona risk area since November 8, 2020 and is on the corresponding list of the Robert Koch Institute. The Foreign Office warns against traveling there.

Italy itself divides the 20 regions of the country into four risk zones depending on the infection rate - different restrictions apply.

Gradual openings from the end of April

The signs in the country point to relaxation: from June 1st, three of the 20 Italian regions - Friuli, Molise and Sardinia - will be white zones. There are no longer any restrictions. Veneto, Liguria and Abruzzo are to follow a week later.

There have been yellow zones again since Monday, April 26th, which also increases freedom of movement, writes the “The Local” portal. Trips beyond regional borders are also possible again. Since then, outdoor catering has also been allowed to reopen in some regions.

Further opening steps - including the entry of holidaymakers from Germany - should take place gradually by July. In the following you will find out what is currently valid.

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Entry into Italy - the regulations

From countries of the European Union - and thus also from Germany - as well as from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, entry into Italy is generally permitted. However, several restrictions apply, which the Italian embassy in Berlin informs about:

  • Fill out the form in which you provide information on the state of health. In addition, they have to report the entry to the responsible Italian health department (ALS) at the place of residence in Italy, this is currently via email.
  • Online form.
  • PCR or antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours, must be presented. Various airlines require the submission of proof when boarding.
  • five day quarantine and the submission of one second negative tests required after five days.

Specifics apply toSardinia: For the time being, people who do not have their place of residence on the island can only enter the country if they can prove that they have good work or health reasons. Going to a holiday home is not one of the reasons for an exception, the Federal Foreign Office will inform you about this.

Italy allows entry without quarantine

Since May 16, Italy has been letting tourists into the country again. The prerequisite for this is proof of a complete coronavirus vaccination, a survived infection or a negative test result that is no more than 48 hours old.

By plane, bus, train or car to Italy: what's possible?

Are there many flights to Italy?

There are still various flight connections between Germany and Italy - for example from Alitalia, Lufthansa and Eurowings. Machines leave daily from Frankfurt am Main and Munich, more rarely from Berlin and Düsseldorf. Some low-cost airlines also offer regular flight connections between the two countries, writes the Italian embassy.

She advises passengers to inquire with the airlines about the documents required for boarding. Because sometimes airlines would require additional - or different - documents than are required in the regulations of both countries. Some only let people on board who can present a negative test result.

By train or bus to Italy

Some bus companies have restricted or canceled their trips. Rail traffic to Austria is restricted - because of the entry ban in Germany for people who have been to Tyrol. The direct train connections between Germany and Italy via Switzerland have been reduced, but train traffic is still running regularly, according to the embassy.

Can I go to Italy by car?

Driving through both Switzerland and Austria is permitted. However, it is important to note: Anyone who has stayed in Tyrol in the last two weeks before entering the country must be in quarantine for 14 days. Therefore, Tyrol has to be crossed within twelve hours.

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Gas stations and motorway filling stations are open all over Italy, writes the ADAC. However, only take-away food and drinks are sold in the service stations on the Brenner.

The most important corona rules in Italy

In Italy there are basically similar rules as in other European countries, also for tourists. The Federal Foreign Office provides information about this:

  • distance from one to two meters is required.
  • Mask requirement in public spacesexcept for children under six years of age. The mouth and nose protection must be worn outdoors, including in shops, trains or other enclosed spaces.
  • Curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. In public transport, a maximum of half of the seats may be occupied.
  • Temperature measurements before entering facilities such as government offices, shops or attractions.

The individual regions and municipalities in Italy can issue individual rules and restrictions depending on the infection rate. The next point is also decisive for this:

Division of the country into four risk levels

Italy divides the 20 regions of the country into four risk zones depending on the infection rate - red, orange, yellow and white. The current classifications can be found on a map from the Italian Ministry of Health. The Italian government has said that from June there should be more white zones again.

Depending on the classification, different levels and restrictions apply (as of April 26, 2021):

  • red zones curfews apply. As a matter of principle, people are only allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons, reports the "ADAC". Entering and leaving the red zones is generally prohibited. Restaurants and bars are tight; all shops that do not sell essential products will also have to close. There is a tourist accommodation ban: Hotels are not allowed to accept holidaymakers, only business travelers.
    The following region is currently red: none.
  • orange zones as a rule, people should not leave their places. Restaurants and bars are only allowed to offer take-away sales. However, hotels are generally allowed to receive overnight guests.
    The following regions are currently orange: Aosta Valley.
  • yellow zones restaurants and bars are allowed to open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. - take-away meals are allowed until 10 p.m. Museums are allowed to open Monday through Friday.
    The following regions are currently yellow: all except Aosta Valley.
  • white zones (currently no region) most of the restrictions have been lifted. People just have to comply with the mask requirement and pay attention to the distances.
    If the Corona numbers allow, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Sardinia and Molise want to be white from June, then Veneto, Liguria and Abruzzo from June 7th.

Rules for returning to Germany from Italy

Holidaymakers must also observe several rules for their return journey to Germany: There is a registration requirement and a corona test requirement for returnees from risk areas throughout Germany. The following applies here:

whoby car, train or busIf you return to Germany, you must be able to present a negative corona test result no later than 48 hours after entry. Anyone who does an antigen test (not older than 48 hours) or a PCR test (not older than 72 hours) before entering the country can avoid the ten-day quarantine obligation that applies otherwise. For those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated, the test and quarantine obligation is no longer necessary.

whoby plane arrives and is neither vaccinated nor recovered, has to be tested before entry anyway and therefore no longer has to be in quarantine.