Looks like as of today, May 16 Italy is open for normal travelers. No essential reason needed. There are rules still in place that everyone should know about.
- If you fly one of the “Covid-tested” flights which require testing before and after your flight you do not have to quarantine upon arrival in Italy. Right now Delta is the airline with the most “Covid-tested” flights. From JFK to Rome or Milan. And from Atlanta to Rome. AlItalia has a daily JFK to Rome flight.
- If you don’t fly a “Covid-tested” flight you will have to quarantine for 10 days and test again. Any non-direct flight not mentioned above is not a “Covid-tested” flight and quarantine rules apply.
- Italy has restrictions which all tourists will have to abide by just as residents do.
- As of this writing, most of the country is a Yellow Zone. Except Val d’Osta which is Orange. Yellow zone rules are:
- Masks mandatory inside and out unless exercising alone.
- Curfew from 10PM to 5 AM.
- Restaurants open for lunch and dinner outside only.
- Museums are only at 50% capacity and tickets are mandatory. Tickets must be purchased at least one day ahead for weekends.
- Theaters and event spaces have seating limitations.
- Orange Zone. Same as yellow, plus:
- No travel into or out of an Orange zone from any other zone.
- Shops closed.
- Museums closed.
- Restaurants are take out only.
One thing to keep in mind. The zones are fluid. The color-coded system means there’s no guarantee that if you book to visit a yellow zone, it’ll be yellow by the time you get there—just look at Sardinia which went from a White Zone (totally open) to a Red Zone (totally closed) in just three weeks.
Buona domenica a tutti!