Updated March 25, 2020
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19
- Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures.
- Italy has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning recommending travelers defer all non-essential travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19. The Department of State’s Level 3 Travel Advisory similarly recommends that travelers reconsider travel to Italy, and includes a Level 4 Travel Alert advising travelers not to travel to the regions of Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures.
- On March 13, 2020, the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of Eligible Family Members of U.S. Government employees and some non-emergency employees, at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan due to COVID-19 and the limits on availability of commercial flights, decreased options for medical evacuations, and increased demands on the local medical system.
- The Italian government has announced that law enforcement authorities would establish checkpoints at airports and train stations to collect self-declaration forms from travelers specifying the purpose of their movement and destination. Italian officials have also noted that checkpoints may be established on highways to collect these forms.
- In areas of Italy with large numbers of COVID-19 cases, the local healthcare system is under significant strain.
- Public transportation including airlines, trains, and buses continue to operate, but with reduced frequency. Travelers should check carrier schedules for the latest updates and work directly with the carrier or travel agent to arrange or reschedule travel. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility of additional travel restrictions to be implemented with little or no advance notice.
- Due to reduced staffing that went into effect on March 11, 2020, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Consulates General Milan, Naples, and Florence.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 17, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation together with the Ministry of Health, issued a decree whereby all individuals entering Italy by any means of transportation are obliged to self-quarantine in their home/hotel for 14 days even if they have no symptoms of Covid-19. Individuals who are traveling to Italy for justifiable work purposes for less than 72 hours which can be extended an additional 48 hours are exempt from this requirement. Travelers are also required to inform the competent Local Health Authority (Azienda Sanitaria Locale – ASL) of their entry immediately, and that they are returning to their domicile, residence or home, or entering Italy due to justifiable work reasons, special needs or health emergencies. For a list of Local Health Authorities, please see http://www.paginesanitarie.com/Indirizzi_ASL_1_Gennaio_2005.pdf. For further information, please visit http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/approfondimenti-insights/saluteinviaggio.
- The Government of Italy has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As of March 3, all passengers on U.S.-bound flights whose temperature is higher than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit are not being permitted to board. Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on these new measures. Travelers who are not permitted to board should follow the instructions of the Italian authorities.
- Italy has suspended flights from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as from Taiwan. There is currently no proposed date for lifting the travel restrictions.
- While direct flights between Chinese points-of-origin and Italian destinations have been temporarily postponed, there are no specific restrictions for entry of anyone based solely on their nationality. Italian authorities continue to monitor arrivals from China at all international airports, and any passengers exhibiting symptoms (e.g., fever, respiratory congestion, coughing, sneezing) are subject to additional medical examination.
- Italy has expanded temperature screening to all air travelers upon arrival on all international (including European) and domestic flights arriving in Italy’s major airports.
- On March 22, 2020, the Italian government released a decree closing non-essential industries from March 25 – April 3. Supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, post offices, and other essential services remain open. The Ministries of Health and the Interior further restricted inter-city movement as of March 22, providing that travelers must provide justification and documentation to authorities on any movement between cities.
- On March 20, 2020, the Italian government issue a decree that ordered the closure of all parks, gardens, and playgrounds throughout Italy until March 25. Outdoors, individuals are only allowed to exercise or walk pets in the vicinity of their home.
- On March 9, 2020, the Italian government released a decree prohibiting movement in public places except for justifiable work reasons (commuting, public and commercial transport is allowed), basic necessities (i.e., food shopping), and health emergencies. The decree also cancels sporting events and public gatherings and closes schools, universities, and recreational facilities through April 3. The Italian government has stated this decree does not prevent travelers from departing Italy.
- https://www.epicentro.iss.it/coronavirus/ (the Italian National Institute of Health’s website available only in Italian).
- Call Italy’s 112 emergency number or 1500 if you believe you have symptoms and are currently in Italy. English speaking operators are available.