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The hub of history, architecture, fashion, art, wine and so much more; Italy is a destination packed full of attractions, enough to last an entire lifetime of visits. In fact, Italy holds the record for the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, with over 50 spread throughout the country – so an Italian holiday will not be a boring one.
Whether you fancy a sightseeing trip to Rome, a romantic break in Venice or a relaxing holiday on the Amalfi coast, we have a holiday insurance policy to suit your budget or needs. *
If you need travel insurance for Italy, Holidaysafe offers an award-winning range of European travel insurance policies to protect you against unexpected disasters. When you buy a travel insurance policy from Holidaysafe, you will enjoy the following benefits:
Simply click ‘Get a Quote’ and remember to select ‘Europe’ to be covered for your trip.
Current Status & FCDO Guidance
Italy is exempt from the FCDO advice against non-essential international travel based on the current risk assessment for COVID-19, meaning you can currently travel there for your holiday.
You are currently able to travel to Italy as a UK citizen and not have to quarantine on your return, as is stands on 10th September 2020.
Whilst coronavirus continues to affect both travel and us, in order to gain entry to Italy, you will need to download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior. This will be shown to your airline, travel provider and/or border police if requested.
If you have travelled outside of the UK in the 14 days prior to your travel to Italy, then you will need to check the list of affected countries to ensure you will be granted entry.
As of the 9th October, UK visitors to Italy will have to provide a negative COVID test before being allowed into the country. The test must be carried out within 72 hours of arrival. The Foreign Office has confirmed that visitors may also have an option to obtain a test at Italian airports or at a testing facility shortly after arriving in Italy.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Airlines may have varying sanitizing procedures and boarding protocols, but one thing remains a constant: as with travelling to anywhere at the moment, masks are expected to be worn whilst at the airport and on the plane.
We would always recommend checking the specific onboard and boarding regulations with your airline before you make your way to the airport.
Do I need to take a test before entry is allowed?
No, this is not currently required to enter Italy. However, Rome are looking to trial testing upon those that are leaving the city. If you were to test positive, you would then need to stay in Rome until you tested negative, to prevent spread of coronavirus. In the event that you are denied boarding because you have coronavirus, or have had symptoms of COVID 19, Holidaysafe’s Premier Plus and Platinum policies will cover you for denied boarding on your return trip home.
As with every country, Italy is constantly reviewing their guidelines in regards to COVID-19 so we always suggest to check the FCDO’s website before travelling.
Do I need to wear a mask?
In Italy, it is currently mandatory to wear a mask in enclosed public spaces as well as outdoor spaces between the hours of 6pm and 6am. This means if you decide to go out for the evening, or go for an evening stroll, or early morning run, you will have to wear a mask.
Are they taking details for Track and Trace?
Similar to some places in the UK, facilities such as restaurants, bars and even beach facilities are asking for names and contact information before you are allowed entry.
Is everything open?
Most facilities are now open including restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons, beaches and libraries, however; nightclubs remain closed.
If possible, we would always suggest that you check online and book tickets, for any tourist attractions as just because they can open for business, it doesn’t always mean that they have.
Am I covered for coronavirus under my travel insurance?
If you want to cancel your trip to Italy, it’s likely that you will have to rely on your tour operator (your airline or accommodation provider) for reimbursement if you need to cancel. Travel insurance providers usually only pay out for cancellation claims in the event that you have asked for reimbursement from your tour operator, credit card and bank provider already and have not received a refund, or reimbursement in the form of a credit note or vouchers.
Holidaysafe will currently cover you under our Premier Plus and Platinum policies if you need to cancel your holiday if you or anyone named on your policy tests positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days prior to travelling.
We will also cover you if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic as well as reimburse you for any pre booked excursions or events which you cannot recover from any other source. For more information please click here.
What do I need to do if I experience symptoms abroad?
If you experience symptoms whilst in Italy, you should contact your local public GP before visiting any public healthcare facility. You can find details for this online by going to their Ministry of Health website.
In the case of emergency, please call 112 which is their emergency number.
Holidaysafe have also teamed up with Medical Solutions UK Ltd to bring you free 24/7 GP telephone consultations whilst abroad, allowing you to access GP advice from your phone.
Is flight cancellation due to COVID covered under travel insurance?
Under package travel regulations, if your airline cancels your flight for any reason, including cancelling flights as a result of coronavirus effecting your destination country, they are obligated to rebook you onto another flight or to refund you in full. For more information on what you are entitled to, please click here.
In regards to cancellation costs, the only time your travel insurance would kick in, is if your airline goes into administration due to the pandemic.
Italy is No 2 in the World Health Organisation’s ranking of health systems in the world (the UK is down at No 18) so while we hope you won’t need medical care, you can rest assured you’ll get great care if you do. Don’t forget to order or take your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when travelling in Europe, just in case you need to seek medical treatment during your trip. If you do use the card during your holiday, we’ll waive the policy excess on any medical claim you need to make.
Like the majority of European countries, the most popular time to visit Italy for great weather is between June and August, but the sea stays warm between June and September. However, if you’re planning to sightsee then you’ll find shorter queues, blue skies and cooler weather in Spring or Autumn.
Where to begin? Florence, Venice, Naples, Milan are all stunning destinations within Italy and definitely worth a visit. However, Rome is usually the destination which makes everyone’s bucket list. Visit the smallest country in the world – The Vatican City, explore the Coliseum, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, step back in time at the Spanish Steps, and watch the world go by at the Pantheon.
Italy is renowned for its amazing cuisine, so make sure you sample some authentic lasagne, spaghetti and pizza – to name but a few dishes. The wine is also spectacular.
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*Please note Holidaysafe does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Please check the FCDO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
Please note, Holidaysafe’s online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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