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Special Message Regarding Covid-19

Updated: April, 2022

 

The news is good and travel to Italy keeps getting easier due to the easing of travel restrictions.

A word about vaccine requirements to travel to Italy

Since Italy was one of the hardest-hit countries in the early days of the pandemic, they have been understandably extremely cautious. Here are the current Covid-19 rules in Italy:

  • Travelers must show proof of being fully vaccinated or receiving a booster shot dated no more than nine months before entering the country.
  • Italy has lifted the negative Covid test requirement for entry. The US still requires a negative Covid test to return, taken within 24 hours of departure.
  • As of May 1, masks will reportedly no longer be required in indoor venues or on public transport.
  • Proof of vaccination has been required for access to restaurants, museums, sports stadiums, public transportation, etc. Vaccination proof will be gradually scaled back and eliminated, reportedly over the next few weeks.
  • Travelers need to fill out a location form (for contact tracing).
  • Passengers unable to present a valid vaccination are no longer required to quarantine (previously they had to quarantine for five days). But they will need to produce proof of recovery from COVID within the last 180 days or a negative COVID test.
  • Italy has been very proactive by changing regulations in recent months to grapple with Covid-19. As of Jan. 5 vaccines are compulsory for all residents over 50, and those who refuse will face fines.
  • Our CDC white vaccine cards are accepted as the equivalent of the EU’s digital “Green Pass” as proof of vaccination.

We had our first two tours since the pandemic in northern Italy last Fall and followed the health regulations set by the Italian Ministry of Health. Overall, the inconvenience was minor, and we felt safe traveling throughout Italy. It didn’t cramp our style, and we had a wonderful time. Of course, the requirements can continue to change between now and the time of your trip, but that is the current situation.

Italy is currently at 79% of the population fully vaccinated vs. the United States at 66%: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations

At this time, all participants must have proof of vaccination to sign on to a tour with Andiamo Tours. That way, tour members who will be together for 11 to 14 days at a time will have a sense of security knowing that everyone in the group is vaccinated, including those with pre-existing health conditions.

If you’re thinking about travel in 2022, there are a few spaces left so DO NOT hesitate to get in touch. Since these tours are land-only, you’ll be booking your own airfare, giving you the flexibility to arrive early or stay longer if you’d like. If you have frequent flier miles or a favorite airline, you can use them.

Feel free to reach me via email or phone with any questions. And we’ll continue our mission to give you the trip of a lifetime in one of the most amazing countries in the world. Be well, and stay safe.

 

Un caro saluto!  ~ Paola Rubbo

888-313-6380 toll free

info@andiamotours.com

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