Updated last 27th of August, 2021
Welcome to Sicily or see you soon!
We are happy you have the island in mind for your next trip, you won’t be disappointed! Summer here is spectacular, from stunning sceneries to fascinating architectures and amazing food feasts, a true dolce vita!
Before you begin your Sicily story, here is the information you need to know during your travel.
Covid-19, travellers to Italy
Entry from the countries of the European Union and the Schengen Area: EU Digital COVID Certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate facilitates the safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. To enter into Italy, travelers from the Eu Member States and the Schengen Area (List C) are required to present the Eu Digital COVID Certificate showing that:
- you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle at least 14 days ago, or
- you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab), or
- you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy.
Japan, Canada, the United States of America, and Israel
By the ordinance of 18 June 2021, the entry from Israel and from Japan, Canada, and the United States of America to Italy, it’s possible showing a COVID-19 green certificate. See the relevant sections for the procedure: List C (Israel) and Japan, Canada and the United States of America.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
For those arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a 5-day quarantine with mandatory swab testing was introduced by ordinance of 18 June 2021. Go to the relevant section: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
The new ordinance extended to 30 July 2021 the measures in force for entry to Italy for people coming from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, or who have been in the countries in the preceding fourteen days. Go to the section on India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka).
Browse lists of information for traveling to and from abroad:
- List A – Vatican City and Republic of San Marino
- List B – The States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C, by the Ordinance. At present, no state is included on this list.
- List C – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco. Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
- List D – Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada and United States and the States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List E, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2. Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in: Japan, Canada and United States of America
- List E – Rest of the world – (all States and Territories not specifically referred to in any other list). Special rules applying to those who have stayed or transited in:
“Covid-tested” Flights – Passenger Locator Form
Covid-tested flights are flights that have been authorized by the Ministry of Health by means of a special ordinance.
To learn more about the requirements and the compulsory procedure go to the dedicated section: Covid-tested flights
Useful numbers from the Ministry of Health
- From Italy: 1500 National information line
- From abroad: +39 0232008345 +39 0283905385
- Covid-19 Regional telephone information hotlines
For further information please refer to:
- Covid-19 Situation in Italy
- Information Line 1500
- Focus Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- the website www.viaggiaresicuri.it (Safe Travels)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation What are you interested in?
- Select your destination at: Re-open.europa.eu/en
- Eu digital Covid-19 certificate
Data ultimo aggiornamento: 8 July 2021
The information is courtesy of Italy’s Ministry of Health and you can find it on their official website
Make sure to check the Sicily COVID restrictions and travel rules to follow before coming to Italy. It is strongly advised not to travel anywhere in the world at the moment unless it is strictly necessary.
Checklist for travel to Italy
Coronavirus may affect your visit to Sicily. All visitors from abroad must follow this checklist and all the measures in place in Italy. Let us help each other prevent the spread of the virus.
Travel to Italy from abroad
The rules depend on various factors such as your country of origin or places you stayed in. The current situation in Italy, as well as your reasons for traveling, may also limit your entry to the country. You may visit this website to check if you can enter Italy at this time.
Here are the special rules for people coming from these countries.
- Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Entry restrictions for those who stayed in or transited through the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the 14 days before their entry into Italy
Ban on entry into Italy until 5 March 2021, for all those who come from Brazil or who have stayed or transited there in the 14 days before entry to Italy
Ban on entry and transit through Italy until 5 March 2021, for travelers who have stayed or transited for more than 12 hours in Austria in the previous 14 days.
For example, people coming from the USA to Italy and non-EU citizens must fill out a self-declaration. The form will show that they fall into one or more of these reasons:
- proven work reasons;
- absolute urgency;
- health reasons;
- return to one’s home, domicile or residence;
- citizens of the European Union (also Italy), of Schengen Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City;
- family members of persons listed under letter f). This is defined in Articles 2 and 3 of Directive 2004/38/EC dated April 29, 2004;
- non-European Union citizens (third-country nationals) holding long-term residence status in a European Union country, in accordance with Council Directive 2003/109/EC;
- family members of the persons holding long-term residence status (letter h);
- entry into the national territory to reach the domicile/home/residence of a person referred to in letters f) and h) of this list, even if not cohabiting, with whom there is a proven and stable emotional relationship.
Persons entitled to check the self-declaration may ask to provide them with evidence related to the statement (such as an employment letter, a medical certificate, a school letter, etc.).
You must Self-isolate for 14 days, informing local Health Authorities of your presence in Italy. There are some exceptions. Hence, they can activate health surveillance procedures. You must also reach your final destination using only private means of transportation. Airport transit is allowed, provided that you do not leave designated areas within the airport.
Containment Measures in Italy
Italy is classified into four areas. Each area corresponds to different risk scenarios and levels.
- The Red area has a maximum severity and a high level of risk. It means that most establishments such as restaurants, museums, gyms, etc. are closed and movements are only allowed for certain reasons such as work, health, or necessity.
- Orange area also has a high severity scenario and a high-risk level, there are slightly less restrictive measures
- Yellow area, there are general restrictive measures
- in the white area, there are no restrictions
Sicily COVID Restrictions
If you’ve already booked a holiday, make sure you are well informed about the current Sicily COVID Restrictions and regularly check updates and changes to these rules. Travel as little as possible once you reach Sicily or stay in your accommodation as much as you can. Please also avoid crowded places and take note of the rules to follow.
Here is the dedicated website for details and updates about coronavirus in Sicily.
We pray that everything will go back to normal soon and we can all enjoy the sun, sand, sea, stories, and sceneries of Sicily again.