Italy Trip Planning: The 2021 Guide to Safe Travel After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we think about travel. Still, there’s nothing like a whole year of quarantine to make us absolutely yearn for adventure. Videos of Italians singing together from their windows at the height of lockdown may have charmed you into planning a visit as soon as you’re able, or maybe you just want to support the recovery of Italy’s tourism-based economy while indulging in amazing wine, handmade pasta, and endless gelato in the Italian countryside.

If you’re planning on traveling to Italy post-pandemic, it may be hard to know if you’re doing it safely and if you’re taking everything into consideration that you should be in order to stay healthy while traveling. It’s also hard to know what your financial risks are when travel restrictions in Italy are constantly fluctuating. There are some new precautions you should take before, during, and after you travel in a world that has now seen the effects of COVID-19 and hasn’t fully shaken them yet (as of the date of this article).

Even if you’re determined not to let fear squelch your curiosity and adventure, we know that planning a trip to Italy post-pandemic is overwhelming! We created the following guide to help you through planning a safe trip, from A-Z. Follow this list for advice and precautions for Italy, tips on how to travel safely in 2021, travel insurance guidance, and essentials to traveling to Italy post-pandemic.


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BEFORE YOU GO TO ITALY


Get your doctor’s clearance.

Certain age groups and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for severe COVID-19. To be safe, talk to your doctor about your plans to travel to Italy and get their approval before proceeding. There may be certain things your doctor can help you consider, such as bringing extra medication in case of a necessary quarantine or knowing how to fill your prescription in a foreign country if need be.


Check official government and CDC travel advisories for Italy.

-This page from the CDC lists resources for travelers to stay up to date on safety guidelines and how to travel responsibly (click here for the CDC's Italy-specific page).

-Click here for the U.S. government’s travel advisory for Italy.

-Click here to check the current situation in Italy.

-Click here for entry requirements and click here for more information from Italy's Ministry of Health.

-Consider enrolling in