Special Message Regarding Covid-19

Updated: January, 2022


Hurray! Italy is open for travel, and this past October our first guided group tours in two years departed for Bella Italia. Two small but resilient groups of travelers had a great time traveling through Italy, with fine weather and fewer crowds (often no crowds) than I’ve seen in many years.

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 are understandably extremely cautious. Here are the current Covid-19 rules in Italy:

  • Proof of vaccination or a medical certificate confirming recovery from Covid dated no more than six months before departure is required before boarding any carrier bound for Italy, as well as a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours of departure.
  • Travelers need to fill out a location form (for contact tracing).
  • Passengers unable to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate will have to self-isolate on arrival for five days and undergo a molecular PCR, or rapid antigen test, at the end of the isolation.
  • Proof of vaccination is required for access to restaurants, museums, sports stadiums, public transportation, etc.
  • 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 starting Feb. 1.
  • Our CDC white vaccine cards are accepted as the equivalent of the EU’s digital “Green Pass” as proof of vaccination.

Overall, the inconvenience was minor, and we felt safe traveling throughout Italy last Fall. It didn’t cramp our style, and we had a wonderful time. Of course, the requirements can change between now and the time of your trip, but that is the current situation.

Italy is currently at 75% of the population fully vaccinated vs. the United States at 63%:

Therefore, 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.

The entry requirements can be found on the Italian Consulate website here

2022 is heating up to be the busiest year yet for Andiamo Tours. If you’re thinking about travel in 2022 don’t 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

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