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Italy’s Post-Pandemic Travel Restrictions: What to Expect
As countries around the world begin to reopen their economies and businesses, one question on everyone’s mind is what to expect regarding travel post-pandemic? Just like other countries, expect Italy travel restrictions to be put in place to help safeguard and control the spread of COVID-19.
1. Required testing before arriving in Italy.
Depending on your country of departure, you may be required to get tested for COVID-19 and bring your test results along to enter the country.
2. Quicker “Instant” COVID-19 Tests
The demand for quick results and instant testing by the travel and tourism industry has resulted in pharmaceutical companies developing new testing methods. Once “instant” tests are available, then it will open up even more travel opportunities like cruises.
3. Airport Self-Serve Screenings
Many airports have been scrambling to install self-serve, computerized screening systems. These systems limit contact with airport security. Part of this change could also require you to take your checked luggage and carry-on bags through security where they will also be screened.
Once you start boarding your plan, then you will give your checked bags to the airline clerk for loading onto the plane. This change helps reduce the number of people who touch and handle your luggage.
4. Mandatory Face Masks
Expect to be required to wear face masks at the airport, on the plane, and in any public area you travel to once you arrive in Italy. The only exceptions will be when you are safely in your hotel room or vacation home or eating or drinking in restaurants.
5. Ongoing Social Distancing
People are going to have to continue to social distance at least six feet or two meters when standing in lines or in other locations where it is necessary.
6. Changes in Airplane Seating and Designs
Many airlines are limiting capacities on flights by not allowing passengers to sit in middle seats. Some airlines are also installing shields in between available seats and requiring masks while onboard the aircraft. Future airplane designs for new aircraft feature single seats with shielding.
7. Restricting Travel from “Hot Spots”
Expect Italy and other countries to prohibit travel from different areas around the world that are still considered COVID-19 hot spots with cases increasing daily and no sign of relief. People from these locations may still be able to travel to Italy, but they might have to get a COVID-19 test and the results within 72 hours of travel, self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Italy without test results, or take an “instant” test once those become available, in order to be allowed to travel to Italy.
8. Reduced Capacities at Italy’s Top Attractions
Expect capacities to be limited at Italy’s beaches, museums, and other popular attractions. The operating hours may also be reduced to allow sufficient time for cleaning and sanitizing.
9. Special Travel Privileges for Those with Dual Italian Citizenship Status
Italy and other European Union (EU) countries are allowing special travel privileges for those people who are citizens in an EU country, as well as for travelers who arrive in Italy and have dual Italian citizenship status.
For instance, they may waive mandatory self-quarantines when traveling between EU countries by rail or automobile. These privileges are constantly changing, so it is best to check right before traveling.
If you are interested in finding out if you qualify for Italian dual citizenship status to take advantage of being able to stay longer in Italy and travel easier to other EU countries, please feel free to contact Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program at (305) 812-5512 today!