Traveling to Italy: What US travelers need to know right now
- Italy, the former epicenter of Europe's coronavirus outbreak, was among the first European countries to reopen to tourists on June 3.
- After imposing Europe's longest lockdown, the country began reopening in early May and entered Phase 3 of reopening on Monday.
- US tourists are not yet allowed back into the country, but visitors from much of Europe are.
- Travelers should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines before embarking on any trips.
After emerging as the epicenter of Europe's coronavirus outbreak,
On May 4, residents were finally able to leave their apartments and jog outside. Restrictions on businesses and gathering spaces lifted in the following days.In early June, the country began reopening to tourists. Here's what US travelers need to know about traveling to Italy. Advertisement
Who is eligible to visit Italy right nowQ: Is Italy open to tourists?
On June 3, Italy opened to visitors from the European Union and Schengen Area, a collection of 26 European countries that allow their citizens to move freely across borders, as well as the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City. Visitors from these countries and city-states are not subject to quarantine unless they have visited countries outside of the approved countries' list in the two weeks prior to entering Italy.
Q: When will Italy open to US tourists?
No date has been announced yet for when Italy will reopen to US tourists.Only people traveling to Italy from the US for "proven work, urgent health needs, or to return to your place of residence" will be allowed into the country, and they must self-isolate for two weeks after arrival, according to the US Embassy in Italy. The European Commission is recommending that member and associated states begin lifting restrictions on arrivals from outside the EU beginning July 1, based on a coordinated, agreed-upon approach. Advertisement
Q: Where can travelers look for updates on
The European Commission recently launched Reopen the EU, which provides up-to-date information on travel and tourism in each country.
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Q: How is Italy monitoring visitors' health?
Under Italy's Phase 3 of reopening, which went into effect on June 15, anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or a fever over 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit will be required to stay home and limit social contact after arriving. Airports in Italy are conducting temperature checks, according to the US Embassy in Italy.
Q: Are visitors able to travel anywhere in Italy?
Q: What are Italy's current social distancing policies?
Italy's Phase 3 social distancing guidelines require people to stay at least one meter, or three feet, apart in public gathering spaces like parks, theaters, restaurants, shops, and museums. Depending on their size, retailers and cultural institutions must also stagger customer entry or reduce capacity. Anyone riding public transport must wear a face mask.
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Q: What are US restrictions on international travel to Italy?The US Department of State currently has a Global Level 4 Health Advisory in place, which advises US citizens to avoid all non-essential, international travel. Q: Will I be covered by travel insurance if I visit? Advertisement
While Italy appears to have flattened the curve of new infections, and hospitality businesses are opening with health and safety guidelines in place, many travel insurance plans will be void if US travelers enter Italy with the Level 4 Health Advisory still in place, heightening the risks involved with visiting a foreign country.
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