TN&M's Travel Advice

As the vaccine rollout picks up pace and European borders start to re-open, we are all itching for Revenge Travel. Many of us had our vacations altered or cancelled last year, so the desire to scratch the itch is growing.

However, things are still cloudy in terms of what the current restrictions are, what colour each region of Italy is, and so forth. To help you make sense of the confusing situation, we’ve outlined the current state of play concerning travel restrictions, what is currently going on in Italy, and how we, Tuscany Now & More, can help you feel more confident when booking your next villa escape.

As the vaccine rollout picks up pace and European borders start to re-open, we are all itching for Revenge Travel. Many of us had our vacations altered or cancelled last year, so the desire to scratch the itch is growing.

However, things are still cloudy in terms of what the current restrictions are, what colour each region of Italy is, and so forth. To help you make sense of the confusing situation, we’ve outlined the current state of play concerning travel restrictions, what is currently going on in Italy, and how we, Tuscany Now & More, can help you feel more confident when booking your next villa escape.

The current situation in Italy

Currently, travel for tourism is permitted from EU countries, Israel and UK as long as travellers can show proof of a negative swab (molecular or antigenic) test. The test must be carried out within 48 hours, prior to entry into Italy, and in addition, it is mandatory that travellers self-isolate for five days. Travellers must then take another molecular or antigenic test at the end of the five-day isolation. 

Travel to/from Italy and these countries is permitted without the need for any certification of motivations for travelling. 

All of Italy, except for Calabria, Basilicata, Sardegna, Sicily and Valle d'Aosta are now Zona Gialla (“Yellow Zone”). Yellow zone means that bars, cafes and restaurants are open for lunch and dinner until 10pm. Museums, archaeological sites and exhibitions are open, as well as the cinema, theatre and beaches

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced that from mid-May, Italy will reopen to tourism. Thanks to Italy’s ‘green pass’ travellers who are fully vaccinated or who can present a negative test result will be allowed to visit Italy with no quarantine requirements.  

Latest travel news

  • May 4th 2021: In a meeting of tourism ministers from the Group of 20 nations in the EU, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announces that Italy will welcome tourists from mid-May. Thanks to Italy’s ‘green pass’, travellers who are fully vaccinated or who can present a negative test result, will be allowed to visit Italy with no quarantine requirements.

  • April 27th 2021: In an interview with The New York Times in Brussels, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, mentioned that American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 would be allowed to visit the European Union over the summer.

  • April 26th 2021: From today, nearly all of Italy (including Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto, Lazio, and Liguria) transitions from ‘orange zone’ into ‘yellow zone’. There is still a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am in place but bars, cafes and restaurants are open for lunch until 6pm and then delivery until 10pm. Museums, archaeological sites and exhibitions are open, as well as the cinema, theatre and beaches.

  • April 13th, 2021: UK government has disclosed plans to implement a traffic light system — this will categorise countries as red, amber or green — which will be released May 10th to come into place from May 17th.

  • April 12th, 2021: From today, nearly all of Italy transitioned from ‘red zone’ into ‘orange zone’. There is still a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am in place but bars, cafes and restaurants are open for takeaway and delivery up to 10pm. Campania, Puglia, Sardegna and Valle d'Aosta are the only regions still in ‘red zone’.

  • April 9th, 2021: The Minister of Transport announced that people can start thinking about booking foreign holidays again for this summer.

  • April 8th, 2021: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi hopes that Italy can reopen for tourism on June 2nd, but that current restrictions in place may be dropped as early as April 20th.

  • March 20th, 2021: Delta Airlines is expanding its range of quarantine-free flights, offering a route between New York-JFK to Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino starting from April 1st. Passengers need to test negative for COVID-19 through a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure, and a rapid antigen test before boarding and upon arrival. If all tests are negative, travellers can avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine for international arrivals.

You can also find information and guidelines regarding travelling to Italy, issued by the Italian Government here. We also recommend consulting your home country’s travel guidelines.

Responsible Travel Guarantee

While we are confident that the next few months will provide an important turning point after a difficult year, we want to make sure our clients feel confident when booking their next villa escape. With this in mind, we’re offering TN&M’s Responsible Travel Guarantee for 2021 & 2022. Our flexible policy offers extra peace of mind and tranquillity when travelling with Covid-related restrictions.

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If you would like to discuss your upcoming trip and options, please get in touch with our Travel Specialists as soon as possible. Call us on +44 (0)20 73684 8884, or if you're in the US or Canada, on our toll-free number: 1-800-469-4546.

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