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Travel abroad for Easter, the rules for leaving Italy and returning

You can also leave Italy from the red zones, but there are certain rules to be respected. Let’s see them together

At Easter you can leave for trips abroad, even from a red zone. The confirmation comes from a note from the Ministry of the Interior. The rules are valid until April 6 , for the moment, as confirmed by the decree of March 2, and travel is also allowed in the red zone, although the paradox that one cannot leave one’s own municipality has been stressed by many, but you can go abroad. A note from the Ministry of the Interior, at the request for clarification made by Astoi Confindustria Viaggi (the Association that represents over 90% of the Tour Operating market in Italy), shed light on a gray area of ​​the legislation: the Viminale clarified that even in the red and orange areas it is possible to move to reach the departure airport “In the case of travel for tourism to foreign destinations that are not prohibited” as long as “self-certified”.

Where can you go

However, it is not possible to go to any country, given the restrictions in some states due to the health emergency. In addition, trips abroad must be undertaken with the awareness of contingent situations, therefore, upon returning to Italy, in most cases, a tampon is required as mandatory. The Dpcm (Annex 20 “) divides into five lists – A, B, C, D, E – the countries in which it is possible to travel, based on the epidemiological risk and the obligations to be respected upon returning to Italy. 

These are the countries where it is possible to go for tourism , without the need for other reasons: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.

Quarantines and local rules

Mandatory 5-day quarantine and buffer at the end of the isolation period for all those returning to Italy from a holiday abroad in EU countries. This is the content of the new ordinance just signed by the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, which regulates arrivals and returns from the nations of the European Union, towards which one can move “without obligation to give reasons”, therefore for reasons related to tourism, as foreseen by the Prime Minister’s Decree of 2 March signed by Prime Minister Mario Draghi. 

Then there are the specifications for other countries. Those returning from Austria, the United Kingdom and the United States must undergo the 14-day quarantine. Fiduciary isolation on return to Italy has also been established for those returning from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand. However, it is always advisable to consult the updates on the institutional websites. Information on the rules to be respected in the countries you travel to is available on the Viaggiare Sicuri portal  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Farnesina recommends first of all to “always check the regulations for entry into each country, as restrictions may be envisaged by local authorities”. Upon arrival, local restrictions must always be respected and upon return to Italy in most cases it is mandatory to have a tampon. 

And in Italy?

At Easter and Easter Monday all of Italy will be in the red zone: it will not be possible to go out except for reasons of work, health, or urgency. It is therefore forbidden to travel for tourism on these two holidays. You can go to second homes – even if they are in the red zone – proving that you have the title before January 14, 2021 and as long as it is not inhabited by people not belonging to the family unit. But  beware of local restrictions on second homes in some regions . 

In South Tyrol it is forbidden to go to a second home if you are not a resident. In Campania and Puglia the ban also applies to residents in the region. Non-residents cannot enter Tuscany, and so also in Valle d’Aosta. Only residents can enter Sardinia and in any case a negative swab taken in the previous 48 hours or a certificate of vaccination must be shown. In Sicily you can enter with a negative swab made 48 hours before arrival. In Liguria the governor Giovanni Toti signed an ordinance that from Wednesday 31 March until Monday 5 April inclusive prohibits going to second homes both inside and outside the region.

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