Italy has been heralded as a world leader in dealing with the Coronavirus, it quickly implemented proactive policies which have largely been adhered to by Italians and tourists alike. This has resulted in tourism opening up across with country without incident.
Our holiday villas are all in rural settings, that have been largely unaffected by Covid-19. Our holiday villas will allow you to relax in privacy and comfort in the knowledge that all possible Covid-19 prevention measures have been adhered to.
Italy has been open to tourism since the 3rd of June 2020 and is one of the countries that is exempt from UK Government advice for ‘all but essential travel’. The official UK Government travel advice, including self isolation on return to the UK is here UK Govt foreign travel advice
A negative Covid-19 test result is now required to visit Italy if you are travelling from the UK. Travellers must take a test no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival, or be tested on arrival no later than 48 hours after landing in the country. Visitors from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Czechia and Spain are also included in these requirements. Italian authorities are offering free tests at some airports and borders and results may be issued within an hour, however, if a test is not available you must isolate at your accommodation until a local test can be arranged and a negative result is issued.
It is also necessary to fill out an arrival form prior to arrival.
These new measures are in place until January 31st 2021.
Please be aware that these rules are subject to change, so please check the following pages;
FAQs regarding travel
Is flying safe?
If you decide to fly, the odds that you will pick up Covid-19 are low, according to expert analysis.
Arnold Barnett, a professor of management science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been trying to quantify the odds of catching Covid-19 from flying.
What Barnett came up with was that we have about a 1/4300 chance of getting Covid-19 on a full 2-hour flight — that is, about 1 in 4300 passengers will pick up the virus, on average.
Airlines have been quick to implement new flying procedures such as deep-cleaning every 24 hours, face mask requirements from passengers and staff and special air-filtration systems, meaning the cabin air is replaced every 3-4 minutes.
Driving to and around Italy
Currently it is permitted to drive through all surrounding countries to reach Italy.
Social distancing rules apply when travelling by car for those not in a household. This means that there must be a space between passengers. For example, a driver and two passengers in the back seat with a space between. It is also necessary to wear a face mask. If you are in one household then you do not need to wear a mask or follow the social distancing rules.
Is it safe to hire a car?
AutoEurope work with over 12 car hire companies and each individual car hire company have their own approach. We referred to EuropCar as an example. Their approach gives us confidence that hiring a car is safe.
Most of our villa owners will meet the guests prior to arrival. Social distancing procedures will be implemented and all of our owners will wear masks when showing guests around the house and keys will be sanitised and left for guests rather than handed over. It is a legal requirement in Italy that all holiday rentals are cleaned and sanitised following strict new cleaning procedures.
Restaurants and bars have re-opened and are working as normal but with a few extra precautions in place. It is required to wear a mask on arriving at a restaurant until you are seated at your table. It is also required to wear a mask when going to and from the bathroom. Hand sanitising gel will be placed thoughout the restaurant and customers are prompted to use it on arrival. Finally, restaurants will ask for your details so they can contact trace you and they will keep your details for 14 days.
Visiting bars and cafes
Like restaurants it is required that you wear a mask when entering and leaving the premises as well as when going to and from the bathroom. Unlike in the UK it is possible to stand at a bar and drink a coffee/ glass of wine as long as the 1m social distance rule can be followed.
Hand gel will be at the entrance of every bar and café and customers are prompted to use it on arrival/ departure.
Travelling during a Pandemic
Travelling to Italy is now allowed and extra safety procedures have been implemented across Europe. We welcome you to plan and book your next holiday!
The pandemic has hit the tourist industry particularly hard. We have taken a flexible approach to cancellations and have when possible re-arranged our clients holidays to later dates on request. We rely on having a strong relationship with our clients but also with the owners of our villas, many of whom we have known for many years. Therefore, when possible, we will continue to use a flexible approach that is beneficial to owners and holiday makers.
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As always, we advise our clients to take our comprehensive travel insurance.
Does Travel Insurance cover you during a Pandemic?
We have found the ABI (The Association of British Insurers) website very useful when navigating this tricky landscape.
Most insurance should cover you during a pandemic and cancelled holidays. We have been informed however, that many insurance policies have been avoiding and refusing paying out for many claims. Please check that your insurer will cover you during a pandemic.
Please be careful that you do not invalidate your insurance by travelling when there is official guidelines against it. If there are no guidelines against travel then you will be deemed as ‘disinclined to travel’ rather than unable and your insurance will not pay out. In conclusion if there is an official ban against travel your insurance should re-imburse you. Before taking out a policy we advise that you talk to your insurance broker to make sure you understand the small print.
We are members of ABTOI (The Association of British Tour Operators to Italy) and they have put together a list of insurance companies who have policies that cover Covid-19.
We fully expect Italy to continue with their proactive policies in dealing with the Coronavirus and coupled with our Friends of Tuscany flexible terms and conditions, we feel confident that you can now book a stress free holiday with us in 2021.
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