Italy is back in business.
After imposing a strict lockdown for the entire country back on March 9, Italy has officially re-opened its borders, allowing international travellers to visit its picturesque destinations once again. But while many of the country’s COVID-19 related bans have now been lifted, there are still some regulations in place that both residents and visitors will be required to follow.
Strict social distancing measures remain in place across the entire country, requiring everyone to keep a 1-metre distance from others, and two metres when exercising. Masks are also mandatory, with shops, trains, buses and other enclosed spaces expecting these to be used at all times. Similarly to the UK, gatherings in homes and general contact such as kissing and hugging remain completely banned.
Lifting further regulations just yesterday (June 3), the borders have now re-opened for a limited number of countries only, including countries within the EU, Schengen Area members, the UK, Vatican City, Andorra, San Marino and Monaco – with visitors from these particular places no longer needing to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving.
Famous cultural sites across the region have now re-opened to visitors, such as the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with strict social distancing measures in place – significantly reducing the number of tourists permitted to visit the attractions at one time. Restaurants, bars and cafes are also among those that have re-opened.
And in a bid to re-attract tourists, many popular sites are offering discounts to travellers, including reduced ticket prices for the famous Pompeii tour, and even a scheme to pay travel fees for tourists planning to visit Sicily.
Regulations will continue to be reviewed by the Italian government, with more business types expected to be given the nod to re-open on June 15. The UK government is continuing to advise against non-essential travel, with no further updates on when restrictions will be lifted.