Travel to Italy with Ease

UPDATE: 28th April 2022

From 1st May 2022, the Italian Government is making travel to and around Italy easy.  The main changes that come into effect for travellers include:

  1. Either a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate OR negative test result is now sufficient for entry to Italy, and this can be provided digitally or in paper format. Note: a digital passenger locator form is still required for entry. 
  2. A ‘green pass’ or proof of vaccination is no longer required to enjoy access to hotels. restaurants, bars, shops, museums, offices etc
  3. Masks (higher-grade Ffp2) are only required on public transport and on planes and ferries/ships, in cinemas, theatres and indoor stadiums and venues where there are large crowds 

8th February 2022

As all covid metrics including cases, hospitalisations, etc are dropping across Italy and vaccination rates continue to rise (with 91 percent of Italians over the age of 12 having had two doses of the vaccine and almost 60 percent having had the booster), the country is in a strong position to welcome back tourism – and only this week, the Government announced a range of measures to make it easier for visitors. 

If you’ve been doing any research or keeping abreast of developments in Italy, you will have heard about Italy’s Green Pass, Super Green Pass, the fact that Australia, the USA and Canada are all on Italy’s ‘List D’ and you may have even heard that recently the European Council removed Australia from its ‘white list’, a register of countries from which it recommends travel restrictions – this blocking of Australians for travel to Europe is currently in place for all countries except Italy (and Greece and Cyprus) who made the decision to not adopt this EU guideline, and is welcoming Australians with open arms, as always. 
So, what does all this travel jargon and these ‘measures’ actually mean for you and your travel?  We decided to break it all down for you – as it’s actually quite simple when broken down. We’ve captured it under 3 key points and provided some travel tips for you throughout to make your travel to Italy in 2022 hassle free.

1. Arriving to Italy: Vaccination & Super Green Pass

While visitors that are ‘semi-vaccinated’ (having had two doses of the vaccine within the past 6 months before arriving) are allowed to enter Italy, it is highly recommended that if you want to be able to enjoy the very best Italy has to offer (including our Italian cycling tours), you arrive ‘boosted’ (having had three doses of an approved* vaccine) – boosted travellers from Australia, the US and Canada can travel freely throughout Italy.

What you need to bring to travel freely:

  1. Vaccination certificate showing proof of your 3 doses issued in your own country – it’s best if you can bring an electronic and paper format – this will effectively act as your ‘Super Green Pass’ and can be shown when accessing services and venues in Italy including hotels, restaurants and public transport, etc
  2. A negative PCR (molecular) test result taken in the 72 hours before arriving into Italy, or a negative Rapid Antigen test result taken in the 24 hours before arrival. This is only provided to your airline and/or to Customs agents on arrival, so it’s good to also have an electronic and paper copy of this test result with you.

    NB: If you don’t provide the negative test result, you will be required to self-isolate for 7 days on entering Italy and then have a negative test result to leave quarantine. While obtaining a rapid test is easy enough to do at any chemist on nearly every other street corner in Italy, it is better to arrive with your negative result. 

    In our experience, and as mentioned in our previous Italian travel update, we highly recommend booking on a covid tested flight to Italy with Emirates, Etihad or  Singapore Airlines as they will seamlessly take you through the steps in their ‘fit to fly’ process, making it super easy for you to load your test result electronically into their system and also your passenger locator form, both requirements of entry to Italy.

* The vaccines currently approved by the European Medicines Agency and supported in Italy are: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, plus Italy also recognises Covishield, R-CoVI and Flocruz.7

2. In Italy: A few tips for navigating the ‘health’ system

Here’s a few handy tips for how to manage your health and wellbeing requirements, and feel safe when you are travelling throughout Italy, before and after joining us on tour.
  1. Your ‘green pass’
    Always have your vaccination certificate with you (electronic and paper formats in case your phone dies!) and present this anywhere where you are requested to show your ‘green pass’ – Italians won’t know the name of every ‘pass’ from abroad so they will automatically ask you to show your ‘green pass’ – at which point you’ll show your certificate.  We are finding that while currently the QR code doesn’t always work on vaccination certificates from abroad, venues will be obliging on presentation of your full paper certificate.

  2. Having a test or ‘tampone’ while here
    In Italy, Rapid Antigen tests are mostly used for virus detection (PCR or molecular are only used to confirm a positive RAT) and are administered at the local ‘farmacia’ (chemist or pharmacy, depending on where you come from and what you call it). They generally cost €15 or thereabouts, and you just need to present at the farmacia saying that you want to have a ‘tampone’ and they will administer it, and provide you with your result within 10-15mins.

  3. Testing positive or ‘positiva’ while in Italy
    If you test positive while in Italy, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum period of 5 days, and until you again test negative. It is essentially a ‘self-managed’ process where individuals are expected to take responsibility for their own health and for those around them.

  4. Emergency healthcare in Italy
    If for some reason, you do need emergency health care whilst in Italy, it is essential that you carry your travel insurance documents with you and also your local country health card; ie. it’s a handy tip for Australians to be aware that Australia and Italy have a reciprocal health arrangement in place where on presentation of your Medicare card to emergency clinics and hospital departments, you will be able to access free health services, and thus not be charged.

3. In Italy: Joining us on our Italian cycling tours

On our tours, we have adopted safe travel measures to ensure all of our guests feel safe throughout the tour.  These measures are actively communicated to our guests in the lead up to their travel and tour date, and is always updated based on our local knowledge of the Italian Government’s health advice and requirements.
Specific elements of our ‘Safe Travel’ policy include:
  1. All tour leaders/guides and guests being triple/booster vaccinated

  2. All tour leaders/guides and guests to complete a pre-tour health questionnaire, which needs to be presented on Day 1 of the tour

  3. All accommodation partners, restaurants and other venues we stay in and/or visit throughout the tour complying with  the Italian Government’s Covid standards on capacity limitations, hygiene sanitation, ventilation etc (It is important to know that if these types of providers in Italy are found to not comply, there are very hefty fines in place for the business owners – in our experience, everyone here is very compliant to the regulations, particularly because with the family-run businesses we work with, their livelihoods depend on it)

  4. ….and much more that is communicated directly to our guests
If you would like to find out more about our Italian cycling holidays and safe travel in 2022, please contact us anytime.
Italy awaits you with open arms!

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