Can I travel to Italy for Easter 2021? Everything you need to know about Italy’s new coronavirus lockdown

Italy plans for a full closure this Easter 2021, with increased restrictions on travel and leaving home throughout the country during the holiday period.

Italy's streets will once again be empty with the new coronavirus rules / Unsplash
Italy's streets will once again be empty with the new coronavirus rules / Unsplash
22 March 2021, Emma Donaldson

The Italian government lead by Mario Draghi has made the decision to tighten Italy’s COVID-19 rules and restrictions during the 2021 Easter holiday period, including a full lockdown, similar to restrictions that were introduced during the Christmas holidays. Italy’s Prime Minister stated that Italy must protect itself as much as possible until the vaccination campaign, still at an early stage, is more advanced. We have the details of Italy’s new coronavirus lockdown.

Can I currently travel to Italy?

The first question on the minds of many people concerns travelling to Italy from abroad. Is it possible to travel to Italy this Easter? The general answer is it depends. From 6th March 2021 until 6th April 2021, entry into Italy is subject to certain restrictions and whether you can travel to Italy or not highly depends on your destination of origin.

Travellers from Great Britain and Northern Ireland are not allowed to enter Italy, with entry only permitted to residents (with proof) or those with a justified reason for travel including urgent work, health needs or study requirements. The same applies for those travelling from Brazil and Austria, and in the case of all of these countries, the ban on entry also applies to travellers who have “stayed or transited for more than 12 hours in the UK, Brazil or Austria in the previous 14 days”, according to the Italian Ministry for Health.

Travel from a select list of countries is possible without the need for any certification of motivations for travelling, but travellers will have to present a negative COVID-19 test, as well as the complete a self-declaration form. The full list can be consulted in English on the Italian health portal, while travellers an additional list of territories which can be consulted here, will be required to observe a 14-day quarantine period.

Take note that if you are allowed to travel to Italy this Easter 2021, you will be subject to the following restrictions on movement, just like Italian nationals. If you have a holiday home in Italy and your country of origin means you can enter Italy, then take note of the new lockdown rules in Italy detailed below. 

What are the Easter COVID-19 restrictions in Italy?

Italian regions are currently classed in a colour coded tiered system of restrictions. All regions that were previously labelled as "yellow" are now “orange” under the country’s new measures, while every region with more than 250 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has been moved to the highest-risk red category. The current red zones include the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano, as well as Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Marche, Basilicata, and Campania (which was already a red zone).

Take note that Easter weekend, from 3rd-5th April 2021, all of Italy will be subject to "red" zone restrictions. The only exception in Italy is the island of Sardinia, which is Italy’s only “white zone” and is not subject to the same restrictions as the rest of the country.

What are the restrictions in Italy’s red and orange zones?

Red zones with Italy’s strictest coronavirus rules will see all schools closed, as well as restaurants, shops, and museums. Visits to friends and relatives in the red zone will also be banned unless in the case of an emergency or to care for vulnerable relatives, while in orange zones, people have been told to stay at home where possible, however travel within your region to a private home once a day is allowed with a maximum of 2 people (children under 14 do not count). Hairdressers and beauty salons will also not be allowed to open, as was the case in the past with services located in high-risk red zones.

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