COVID 19 – Coronavirus Update

Update as of September 13

Latest News

As of September 11, 72.5% of Italy’s population has received their 1st dose of vaccine; 64% are fully vaccinated.

–  Given the current increased cases in the U.S., the European Union has now recommended that (non-vaccinated) Americans should be banned from nonessential travel to its member states. Countries within the 27-nation bloc, which includes Italy, have been advised to reinstate coronavirus-related restrictions and halt the arrival of tourists from the US and five other countries  (Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia), is non-binding for EU member states. That means it remains up to each individual EU country to decide whether to allow “nonessential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travelers.”

– Green Pass – the proof of vaccine program (or recovery from Covid) is in effect in Italy for most public indoor tourist locations (ie such as museums).

All countries in the European Union and/or Schengen Zone are accepted for use of GREEN PASS: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco.

People travelling from the above countries – including certain overseas territories – can show a Covid-19 health certificate (Green Pass) as proof of vaccination, recovery or a recent negative test in order to avoid quarantine (which would otherwise be five days, followed by a test).

Canada, Japan and the United States: People travelling from one of these three countries can also show proof of vaccination with a vaccine licensed for use in the EU (currently: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) in order to avoid quarantine (which would otherwise be five days, followed by a test).

Alternatively they can show a medical certificate of recovery from Covid-19 within the past six months, or a negative test carried out within the past 48 hours.

Official certification in digital or hard copy from any of the three countries will be accepted in Italy – such as CDC-approved vaccination cards from the US, provincial immunization cards from Canada, or government-issued paper vaccination certificates from Japan

The following links are offered to help you stay informed with the most accurate information on pandemic conditions and or the travel restrictions issued by the Italian and U.S. Governments.

U.S. Embassy and Italian Consulate: Foreign Travelers in Italy

ITALIA National Tourism Agency: Travel To and Traveling In Italy.

Short and concise, Alitalia: COVID-19 Rules Summary

Italy has implemented a nationwide color-code system to indicate how each region (or zone) is being viewed in terms of its COVID situation (ie white for no concerns, yellow for minimum concern, orange, more concern and red, the most concerning and most restrictive). Residents in “orange zones” are banned from leaving their towns (comune) except for work or health reasons — and bars and restaurants are closed except for delivery and takeout. Those in “red zone” regions may only leave home for necessities, health or work.

Other News

Note that Alitalia will cease service on October 14; to be replaced with ITA (Italia Transport Aereo). More Details

The U.S. government requires a COVID test for all incoming airline passengers, regardless of citizenship; in order to board the airplane, each passenger must present proof of i) a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of travel or ii) be able to show proof that they have recovered from the virus. Anyone failing to do either will be denied boarding by the authority of the respective airline and otherwise will be responsible for any additional lodging costs.

COVID Q&A

Are vaccinated persons free to travel to Italy?  YES. According to recent news from the EU Council, foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the continent. Negative COVID tests may also required in some cases.

More details and links to related online information can be found below.

Palio Reservations 2022:  Effective May 29 (July Palio) or July 15 (August Palio) in the year you plan to attend, if the respective races are not cancelled and you are unable to travel due to restrictions placed on international travel for your country of departure due to COVID-19 or if such restrictions exist in Italy for incoming visitors that prevent you from arriving to Siena, then your reservation (and any payments) can be transferred to the Palio in the following year. Any payments due will remain in effect. If you are not able to attend the race the following year, then we can resell the package (accommodations and or tickets) in order to provide for a refund (net of any transaction costs so incurred, including but not limited to credit card service charges, reservation transfer fees and or commissions). Inside of 30 days if you are not able to travel due to testing positive for COVID or are for any other reason prohibited from traveling, boarding an airplane or other forms of public transportation, then there are no refunds, nor will reservations be transferred to the following year.

Opera Tickets

Milan La Scala: the program for 2021 – 2022 season has now been released. Contact us for details.

Verona Opera: The performance schedule for 2022 has been release More details provided here: Verona Opera Tickets

Other Useful Information and Resources

Travel Insurance Policies – Good to Know

Compare Travel Insurance Policies – Squaremouth.com

CDC – Traveler’s Advisement

IATA –  COVID-19 Global Travelers’ Map

Italy:  COVID-19 Map

W.H.O. on COVID-19: World Health Organization

Travel Information and Restrictions for Italy: U.S. State Department

Italy COVID-19 Info: U.S. Embassy

Check the Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for travel related updates.

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