COVID-19 - Travel within Italy
As the world continues to battle the virus we were unexpectedly confronted with just a few months ago, many people continue to look to the future in the hopes that travel may return to some semblance of normality sooner rather than later.
Italy was hard hit by the effects of the virus so as our country slowly reopens, public health and safety remain the priority.
Phase 2 of the Italian lockdown was implemented on May 4th, signaling the next incremental step in the reopening of the economy and increased liberties in the daily lives of residents.
Many of our past and future guests have contacted us with questions regarding travel within Italy.
Now that there are more details available, we wish to share the information we do know including some specifics within the Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast areas. Understandably, as the situation remains uncertain and continues to evolve, the parameters set forth are not set in stone, yet remain subject to change.
The following regulations have been set at a federal level, however regional governing bodies have the authority to set travel limits and restrictions as they see fit for their areas. In the beginning of June we expect the Campania Region to confirm specific details regarding whether travel into and within the region itself will be permitted.
Social distancing (a minimum of 1 meter between people) remains at the forefront of the preventative measures. Personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of masks are required in any public area throughout Italy, as are disposable gloves in many locations. The number of guests allowed within a location at any given time has been considerably reduced to account for social distancing.
Under the current guidelines, hotels and B&Bs who can guarantee implementation of the new social distancing guidelines have the authority to reopen. Bars, cafes, and restaurants within hotels will be accessible to registered guests only and large gatherings within are to be avoided. The majority of local accommodations in Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast areas intend to re-open in June, unless the regional authorities indicate otherwise.
Phase 2 Critical Dates:
- 18 May: Shops and museums reopen (social distancing and masks required)
- 18 May: St. Peter’s Basilica to reopen for mass, Vatican Museums to reopen with entrance by reservation only and no large groups permitted
- 18 May: Colosseum reopens with thermal temperature stations, entrance by reservation only, no large groups
- 19 May: Borghese Gallery in Rome and Museo Capodimonte in Naples reopen
- 21 May: Cafés, bars, restaurants, beach clubs and free public beaches reopen
- 26 May: Pompeii and Herculaneum archaeological sites reopen
- 3 June: Italy’s national borders are scheduled to reopen to EU residents, allowing leisure travel entrance of residents from other EU countries without having to quarantine.
- 15 June: Non-EU residents/travelers are expected to be able to enter Italy without the need to quarantine
- The Blue Grotto is currently closed until further notice
Further to the above information, the following is specific to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida:
- The islands can only be visited by public ferry services. Entrance to guests arriving by private boats or yachts is prohibited.
- Ferry tickets must be booked a minimum of 24 hrs before the scheduled departure.
- ALL passengers must arrive at the departure port at least one hour before departure to undergo a temperature check and, when applicable, instant COVID-19 testing.
- Anyone with a temperature above 37.5 and/or a positive COVID-19 test will not be allowed to embark for the islands.
As always, we remain available to assist you with any questions or advice related to current or future bookings with our company.
We look forward to welcoming you in Italy!