INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC TRAVEL 2020

IF YOU WERE PLANNING A TRIP TO ITALY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, IT MAY BE BEST TO RETHINK YOUR PLANS...

With the holiday season around the corner and Covid 19 becoming ever harder to restrain and contain, the Italian government has introduced a new hard line decree limiting movement, both internationally and domestically, as much as possible.  Here is a 2 part list with the current regulations.
LIST 1 - INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
1.      From 21st December to 6th January there will be a mandatory quarantine of 14 days for EVERYONE landing on Italian soil – whether by air, road or sea - including Italians and EU members and irrespective of whether or not you have proof of a negative Covid test result. (What is not clear during this period, is whether or not one is still required to take the test 48 hours before departure.)
2.      On entering Italy you will have to complete a form providing your contact details and destination address. Please note that taking any form of public transport is prohibited meaning you will have to organize private means.
3.      Once arrived at your destination, you should inform the local health service, ASL, of your quarantine status. Regional websites can provide the relevant information.
4.      Outside of these dates and up until 15th January when a new emergency decree may or may not be announced, all travellers to Italy from EU member states, the Schengen Area and the UK are either required to present a medical document - proving they have undertaken a “molecular or antigen test, carried out by means of swab” and tested negative for covid-19 - 48 hours before departure or submit to quarantine for 14 days. 
5.      From destinations further afield  or not part of the Schengen area you need to check the status of your country of departure:
·         D list - permitted to enter into Italy as a tourist; there is no need to quarantine UNLESS you have travelled and stayed elsewhere during the previous 14 days.
·        E list – permitted to enter Italy only for essential reasons; you will require official documentation pertaining to your reason for travelling/staying in Italy and will have to submit to a 14 day quarantine period.
Shopping mall in Milan December 2020
LIST 2 - DOMESTIC TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
1.      Up until the 21st December Italy’s existing tier system remains in place with restriction on movement dependent upon your colour zone.
2.      From 21st December to 6th January only essential movement will be allowed between different municipalities, provinces and/or regions and includes both 25th and 26th December and 1st January 2021.
3.      Yellow zones:
·        Bars, restaurants, pizzerias, ice cream parlours, pastry shops etc… are permitted to open for lunch, including the 25th and 26th December, from 5am to 1800 every day.
·        A maximum of 4 people can sit at each table if they are not all cohabitants.
·        After 1800 it is forbidden to consume food or drinks on the street.
4.      Orange and red zones: bars, restaurants, pizzerias, etc… are permitted to open for takeaways from 5am to 2200. Home deliveries are consented.
5.      Yellow and orange zones: Shops - from 4th December to January 6th, non-essential shops can remain open until 2100.
6.      Large shopping centres - from 4th December until 15th January – only grocery shops, pharmacies, drug stores, tobacconists, newsstands and nurseries will be open within these centres over the weekends and holidays.
7.      Hotels - will remain open throughout Italy, but on New Year's Eve, the organizing of parties or dinners or dinners is prohibited. Hotel restaurants will close at 1800 and after that time only room service will be allowed.
8.      On News Eve a curfew will be enforced from 2200 until 7 am New Year’s day.
All of this information has been carefully sourced from government websites, but please double check before making any travel plans that no new regulations have since been introduced.
Team, 14/12/2020 10:54:19
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