Why should I leave my country Italy

Italy vacation in Corona times: no more quarantine obligation

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Italy is one of the favorite destinations of German vacationers. But the Covid 19 pandemic has changed a lot: The whole country is currently a corona risk area. What travelers should consider when planning their vacation and on site.

  • Update: Driving a car prohibited for tourists during night curfews

  • Entry without quarantine possible

  • Only one "orange risk zone"

  • 7-day incidence: 64.7 infected people per 100,000 population

Current situation in Italy

Italy is one of the countries in Europe hardest hit by the corona pandemic. The nationwide7 day incidence lies with64,7 (As of May 21, source: Johns Hopkins University) currently still above the critical limit of 50 newly infected per 100,000 inhabitants - this is similar to the current situation in Germany.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has all of Italy for Corona risk area explained. The Foreign Office warns before traveling there.

Italy: travelers need to know that

Important for entering Italy

Return to Germany from Italy

Important for transit through Austria and Switzerland

Night-time bans on going out also affect car travelers

These rules apply to motorists in Italy

Travel by bus, train, plane or ferry

The most important corona rules in Italy

Italy is divided into four risk zones

Planned easing measures in Italy

Important for entering Italy

  • Travel warning of the Foreign Office:YES

  • Corona-Risk areaYES

  • Corona testatEntry: YES (PCR or antigen, not older than 48 hours)

  • Entry formrequired: YES (Digital registration *)

  • quarantine after entry: NO

Who from EU countries wants to enter Italy needs one negative corona test (PCR or antigen), which must not be older than 48 hours.

The only exemptions from the obligation to test are children under two years.

So far, the entry has to remain with the responsible Italian Health Department at the place of residence in Italy (Dipartimento di prevenzione del’azienda sanitaria locale).

For entry to South-Tirol a separate form * has to be filled out.

Return to Germany from Italy

  • Reporting requirement before returning: YES (Digital entry registration *)

  • Compulsory testForAir travelersat the place of departure: YES

  • Compulsory test to return: YES

  • quarantine in Germany: NO (Prerequisite for a negative corona test)

Important for returning to Germany from abroad

There is one in all of Germany Corona test compulsory for returnees from risk areas. Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are excluded.

All air travelers must also show a negative test result at check-in at the departure point - even if they are returning to Germany from non-risk areas. Fully vaccinated and convalescents are also excluded from this. There is no evidence of testing, vaccination or recovery no flight possible.

Depending on the type of risk area, different rules apply quarantine and the possibility of Freestyle.

Details on quarantine, compulsory tests and the digital entry form as well as everything on exceptions for vaccinated and convalescent people can be found here. Just as important for entry High incidence and Virus variant areas.

Important for transit through Austria and Switzerland

Who from Germany to Italy with theautomobiletravels, drives through Austria or Switzerland. Transit through Austria is generally permitted.

The border between theSwitzerland and Italy is open, transit through Switzerland is possible.

Gas stations andMotorway filling stations are open all over Italy. In the service areas on the Brenner, only take-away goods are sold that have to be consumed outside of the business premises.

Driving during night-time bans on going out

Important: According to information from the Italian embassy in Berlin, it is during the nocturnal bans Driving is not allowed in Italy (11pm to 5am). This also applies to motorways. Exceptions are only made if there is one good reason (e.g. medical emergency), in such a case a self-declaration must also be submitted as part of a control. Tourist travel is not one of the valid reasons.

These rules apply to motorists in Italy

Come all the occupants of a carfrom the same household, there are no restrictions - neither mask requirements nor distance rules have to be observed in this case. Using aMouth and nose protection however, this is mandatory as soon as people from other households are traveling together. The generally applicable spacing rules must be observed here. That's why theNumber of passengers limited in one vehicle: According to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in these cases a maximum of two people per row of seats and only on the seats on the side can be carried. The passenger seat must remain free.

In the example one five-seat passenger car This means that in addition to the driver, only two other people are allowed to sit in the vehicle. If there are additional rows of seats, for example in a minibus, two additional people can be taken along in each row of seats in the outside seats.

InSouth-TirolThe number of passengers is not limited according to information from the traffic reporting center in Bolzano. However, if they come from different households, they must wear mouth and nose protection. The regulation also applies in Friuli and Veneto.

in theTrentinopeople who are in close contact with one another without living in the same household are treated as household members. In these cases, there may be no need for minimum clearances and a mask in the car.

It is possible that in other provinces of Italy or even within the provinces in individual regions there are different regulations. If these regulations are violated, a heavy fine of between 400 and 3000 euros can be expected. Continuing the journey can also be prohibited.

Travel by bus, train, plane or ferry

TheAirports andRail connectionsin Italy are in operation - albeit reduced. Before the planned departure, travelers should find out whether their train connection is currently being served.

TheExpress trainsfrom Trenitalia are currently only allowed to50 percentbe used to full capacity so that the distance rules can be adhered to. A mask is required during the entire train journey. On the route Rome – Milan are on the Frecciarossa high-speed trains corona-free train rides offered: Only freshly tested people are allowed on board, this applies to staff and guests. Rapid tests can also be carried out on the track.

All travelers must enter a public transport (Plane, bus, train or ferry) hand over an entry declaration * (pdf) to the carrier. This, in turn, has to pass theBody temperatureof passengers and refuse boarding in the event of a fever or an incompletely completed entry declaration. Also is aMinimum distanceof one meter between passengers.

The most important corona rules in Italy

  • Thedistance of at least one meter or more is required

  • Mask requirement, even in the open air. Children under the age of six are exempt. The mouth and nose protection must also be worn in shops, trains or other enclosed spaces

  • NationwideCurfewfrom 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Inpublic transport a maximum of half of the seats may be occupied

Risk zones: That means "red", "orange", "yellow"

The 20 Italian regions are divided into four risk zones, depending on the infection rate, in which additionalgraduated measures be valid. Travel within Italy to other regions may be restricted as a yellow, red or orange zone depending on the classification of the region.

In thered zones (currently no region) people are only allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons. The Entry and exit is basically forbidden. In addition, all stores that do not sell essential products will be closed. This also applies to restaurants and bars. Hotels are no longer allowed to accept tourists, only business travelers.

In theorange zones (Aosta Valley) people should not leave their places as a rule. In restaurants and bars, guests are not allowed to be served at the table; only occasional out-of-home sales are permitted. Here and also in the yellow zones, hotels are generally allowed to receive overnight guests.

In theyellow zones (all other regions) restaurants and bars are allowed to open outdoor catering for guests. Museums and exhibitions are also allowed to receive visitors again. The nocturnal exit ban was moved from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

In thewhite zones (currently no region) most of the restrictions have been lifted. in the During June Several of the 20 regions of the Mediterranean country are to be classified as white zones, in which almost no corona restrictions apply anymore. This could - if the infection trends are right - at the beginning of the month for Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sardinia and Molise be valid. Could come later Veneto, Liguria and the Abruzzo in addition, it was said. In the white zones, people only have to comply with the mask requirement and observe the health clearances.

Destination Italy: the most important sights, tips and information

Italy's next opening timetable

From May 22 the mountain railways are allowed to run again.
From June 1st Restaurants are allowed to serve their guests indoors even after 6 p.m.
From June 7th you can stay outside until midnight.
From June 21st the nocturnal bans on going out could be eliminated entirely.

With material from dpa.

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