IItaly was particularly hard hit by Covid-19, but the situation has now eased considerably. German tourists can spend their holidays again in the popular holiday destination. Already on June 3, Italy opened its borders to vacationers from the other 26 EU countries as well as other countries such as Great Britain, Norway and Switzerland.
Virus quarantine of two weeks is no longer required unless you have been in another country in the previous 14 days. In addition, the Italians are free to travel back and forth between the 20 regions themselves.
International air traffic is gradually resuming, as the Federal Foreign Office informs, for example there are connections with Lufthansa, Alitalia and Eurowings. Deutsche Bahn trains are returning to Italy. Arrival by car is possible from Germany via Austria or Switzerland. Flixbus long-distance buses have been traveling between Italy and Germany since June 18.
Measure fever at the airport
At airports, train stations, in museums and in many other places, including restaurants, travelers have to reckon with a scanner to measure fever. For example, airlines are even obliged to measure the body temperature of all travelers entering Italy.
Strict distance and hygiene regulations apply everywhere, for example on the beach, in restaurants and in hotels. These can vary from region to region and may be changed by the municipalities depending on the situation.
Holidaymakers can find current information, for example, on the website of the Federal Foreign Office (auswaertiges-amt.de), on special pages on the Italian tourism website (italia.it/de/), on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.esteri.it/mae/ en /) and on the website of the Italian embassy in Berlin (ambberlino.esteri.it/ambasciata_berlino/de/).
Masks and gloves are mandatory in many places, for example in shops. In the Lombardy region, mouth-to-nose coverings are compulsory in all public spaces, as are gloves in shops. Violations can sometimes result in high fines. In general, distance rules of one to two meters between people apply.
Restaurants and sights open
Cafés, bars, restaurants, hairdressing salons and cosmetic studios as well as boutiques and other retail shops have been able to welcome customers in many places since May 18. Museums and libraries can also open again.
Important sights can now be visited again. The Colosseum in Rome reopened its gates in early June after around three months of the Corona lock and the Leaning Tower of Pisa can be visited again in Tuscany.
Since June 15, cultural events have also been allowed to take place in public or private locations, subject to security measures with limited participants.
You can also go back to the beach or meet friends. Services are also allowed again. Distance rules apply to all activities. Masks are generally mandatory in closed rooms or where a minimum distance of one meter cannot be guaranteed.
Corona measures on beaches in Italy
For the visit to beaches, a complex guide was presented, which should apply throughout Italy. Each parasol should have a space of ten square meters around it. Sun beds without a parasol must be 1.5 meters apart and disinfected after each change of ownership.
Bookings for access to beach resorts are designed to prevent people from frying too close together in the sun. Disinfectants must be available everywhere in hotels.
To Sardinia only by appointment
The various regions and municipalities in Italy can issue their own rules on infection protection depending on their individual situation. This also applies to entry into your area.
For example, holidaymakers who want to go to Sardinia by plane or ship must register 48 hours before arrival. The Regione Autònoma de Sardegna has provided information in Italian and German for this purpose. For Calabria (home.rcovid19.it/) and Puglia (limesurvey.istsvc.regione.puglia.it/index.php/119341?lang=en) it is necessary to register in advance. For Sicily, registration via the online form (siciliasicura.costruiresalute.it/welcome) is required, alternatively, this can also be done using the SiciliaSiCura app.
As the measures in the regions can change, the Federal Foreign Office recommends holidaymakers to inquire in the target region about any different rules, in particular about any registration that may be necessary before entering the country.
Veneto advertises “Covid-free” vacation
The Veneto region with the Unesco city of Venice advertised in advance for German vacationers. “We are open, we are the region that immediately reopened the beaches,” said regional president Luca Zaia in Rome. “We are ready to receive people from all over the world.”
Veneto is like “a home” for Germans and Austrians. Many people in the region would also speak German. He guarantees all travelers a “Covid-free” vacation because the region’s health system is excellent. “I’m optimistic about the summer season.”
South Tyrol has its own rules for vacationers
South Tyrol had already decided in May for a special way to lift restrictions in the region. The hotels and the cable cars opened as early as May 25th.
Here too, distance rules and other safety precautions are used. These can be found on the official tourism website of the IDM Südtirol (suedtirol.info).
So whoever is on the move must keep a meter away from people with whom he does not live. In closed rooms, a distance of at least one meter is also mandatory. If this cannot be observed, mouth-nose protection must be worn.
The minimum distance as well as the wearing of masks is mandatory in public transport. Access regulations are intended to avoid overcrowding.
Corona tests for hotel employees – and guests
Employees in hotels and other tourist businesses should be tested weekly, said South Tyrolean Prime Minister Arno Kompscher in May. The healthcare company pays the costs.
Guest businesses in South Tyrol should also be able to offer Corona rapid tests as a service to their guests on a voluntary basis.
Accommodation limits the number of guests
Special conditions apply to the accommodations. In addition to the rules that also apply in general, this includes restrictions on the number of people: in communal areas, swimming pools and wellness areas, the 1:10 rule applies (ten square meters per person).
In the dining rooms and bar area, however, only as many guests are allowed as there are seats. Clearance rules apply between the tables. No masks have to be worn at the table.
Outdoor swimming pools, indoor pools, saunas, climbing halls and other leisure facilities are now open again, whereby safety measures apply to employees and guests.
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