Updates On Travel To Italy

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Ciao Amici!

While we continue to wait for Italy and all of Europe to open up, we do get dribs and drabs of information.  Someone on the “Living in Italy” Facebook page posted this update and I thought you would find it helpful. It is from the Minister of External Affairs and International Cooperation.

I basically copied and translated it for you here. You can see the website in Italian at the above link.

“06/15/2020 COVID-19: WHO has classified COVID-19 as a “pandemic” since 11 March. To limit their spread, restrictive measures have been gradually adopted on a global scale since January 2020 (suspension of air traffic, ban on entry, refoulement* at the border, compulsory quarantine, health checks). Based on art. 6 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 11 June 2020, travel to / from EU Member States, Schengen States Parties, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City are not subject to restrictions. Travel to these countries is therefore also allowed for tourism. Before departure, it is always necessary to check any restrictions on entry in force in the country where you want to go. This information is available on the country sheets of Viaggiare Sicuri and on the websites of the Italian embassies and / or consulates of the countries of interest. The return to Italy from the listed countries is allowed without limitations, without prejudice to any restrictive measures provided for specific areas of the national territory.

Until 30 June, 2020, travel to/from States and territories other than those listed is FORBIDDEN, except for proven work, absolute urgency or health needs. In any case, it is allowed to return to your home or residence.

Those who return to Italy from States and territories other than those listed, or who have stayed there in the 14 days prior to arrival in Italy, must still complete a specific SELF-CERTIFICATION ON THE REASONS FOR THE TRIP,  must undergo fiduciary isolation for 14 days and CANNOT use public transport other than that used to enter Italy (for example, on arrival to Fiumicino by plane you cannot take the train to the center of Rome or to any other destination).

Airport transit is allowed: those who enter Italy by air can take another plane to any national or international destination. Car rental and the use of taxis or rental with driver is allowed. “

Truthfully we won’t know when Italy opens for other than the countries listed above until they do. Until then we wait…

Pete and I will keep you as updated as possible.

I hope this helps!

*non-refoulement refers to the generic repatriation of people, including refugees into war zones and other disaster locales.

8 Replies to “Updates On Travel To Italy”

  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching, listening to and reading your videos and posts on pursuing purchasing and home and living in Italy. My husband and I just recently started our research into this endeavor and would love to develop relationships and connections with you, Pete and others you believe could help us make a better decision on location. You speak very fondly of your Santa Dominica area yet we’ve heard about the communes of Sambuca and Bivona on Sicily. Any thoughts you can share about looking in Sicily versus Italy’s mainland? We are so excited about continuing our research but you sound so well versed, experienced and so matter-of-fact — we love that. Thank you in advance for anything info you’re willing to offer. Laurie

    1. Hi Laurie,
      I’m glad you’re enjoying our posts and videos. We do love Santa Domenica Talao but there are many different Italian towns and regions that each offer their own attractions. Sambuca and Bivona have become well-known because they were among the first towns to offer the so-called “One Euro” houses. While Chris and I haven’t visited Sicily and cannot speak first-hand about either of these regions, both are inland, away from the sea, not close to any trains (at least from what I can see on a map) and are not normally where visitors would tend to stop while on vacation. Now, our friend DauvO has covered both Sambuca and Bivona on his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzrgaqLvKumVaAL5DkN2VzA) so you might want to check out those videos to get an idea of what’s out there.
      Best Regards, Pete

  2. Hello from Florida Chris & Peter; great informational videos, and web site. I found you in YouTube today. I am looking at the possibility of moving to Italy for my retirement. I have visited north Italy and Tuscany. In my next trip, I want to explore the south region. I would like to start communication with you and the possibility to meet you in my next trip. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and valuable experiences. 🤗

    1. I’m glad you’re finding the videos and website helpful. Let us know when you plan to visit and hopefully we can meet up. We’re looking at getting out there sometime in September.

  3. Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and in depth information you provide. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material. Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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