Travel Update - Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update – Travel in the Dolomites and Northern Italy

For travel that is already scheduled, and/or for future plans with Dolomite Mountains, please check our Travel Services page for important information on the best travel insurance package to purchase with Global Rescue.

 

Updated 10 February 2021 

The health and safety of our guests, guides, and staff is a top priority for us here at Dolomite Mountains. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has posed a not only a health challenge, but a challenge to commerce and travel world-wide, leaving many would-be travelers wondering what to do. We understand your concerns and want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely and following the guidance of Italian national and international health organizations.

While Italy and the World are still in a very precarious place, we are thrilled to see progress in the fight against COVID-19. Several vaccines have been approved, and are being distributed and administered. Airlines are increasing the number of flights they offer, and are requiring negative COVID test results – complementary in many cases – exempting the requirement for a mandatory quarantine upon arrival. And the CommonPass digital “health passport” app is being adopted to standardize health reporting data, and help get the World traveling again.

Coronavirus vaccination began in Italy in late December, and the campaign is ongoing. As of February 7, 2021, 1.1 million residents (1.8% of the 60.3 million population) have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with an additional 1.4 million having received their first does.

While the past year has been challenging, we have high hopes for this New Year, and hope to be able to welcome you back to Italy, the Dolomite Mountains and Beyond, soon!

  

CURRENT REGULATIONS IN ITALY:

Actions taken in Italy to reduce the spread of Coronavirus have been ongoing, and innumerable measures of precaution and responsibility have been put into place to prevent another outbreak.

If you are from another country and are planning to visit Italy, there are several excellent websites that outline travel regulations, including travel restrictions, testing requirements, and quarantine requirements:

As the rules vary depending on the country of origin, destination, and the reasons for travelling, it is best to refer to the above websites before booking travel. You can also use the interactive COVID questionnaire prepared by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information.

 

Once you arrive in Italy:

  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask (respiratory protection) in public places indoors.
  • The use of masks is also recommended inside private residences, in the presence of non-cohabiting people.
  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in public places outdoors, except where you are distant from people you do not cohabitate with.
  • Those who are not required to wear masks include:
    • people who are carrying out sports activities
    • children under the age of 6
    • people with disabilities or conditions incompatible with the use of a mask
  • It is mandatory to maintain a safe distance of at least one meter (~3' or 1 yard) from non-cohabiting people.
  • It is recommended to wash your hands frequently and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • It is recommended to wear protective gloves when shopping, and is mandatory in some food stores.
  • It is recommended to limit travel, by public or private transport.
  • It is recommended to download Immuni, the national app for contact tratracing. Created by the Ministry of Health and the Minister of Technological Innovation, Immuni tracks contacts between people and warns users potentially exposed to the SARS- CoV-2 virus.
  • You are only allowed go out from 5am to 10pm.*
  • Travel between different regions within Italy is banned throughout the country until 15-February-2021.*

* If you must travel outside of these guidelines for proven work requirements, situations of necessity, or health reasons, it is mandatory to carry a self certification attesting the reason for travelling.

 

For citizens of the United States
Since 6 August 2020, the US Department of State has maintained a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) Travel Advisory for Italy. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Italy decreases, and Italy demonstrates its ability to limit the spread the virus, we anticipate that this travel advisory will be lifted.

 

HOW TO HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY IN THE DOLOMITES

Dolomite Mountains is committed to the safety of our guests. We are working closely with all of our partners – from the hotels and restaurants and drivers we choose to our guides – not only to adhere to Italian Law, but to ensure you have a safe and comfortable travel experience.

Per the above, Italy has legally decreed innumerable measures of precaution and responsibility for businesses. Social distancing and masks are mandated in most indoor and many outdoor public spaces. Hotels, restaurants, transportation services, and guides all have strict regulations regarding regular sanitization, mask wearing, increased ventilation, and social distancing. Furthermore, contactless ticketing is being used for public transportation and ski lift services, and buffets have been eliminated at restaurants and bars. Italian law restricts employees from going to work and mandates that individuals self-quarantine if they have a fever above 37.5°C (99.5°F) and/or cold or other flu-like symptoms, until they test negative for COVID-19.

For more detailed information, visit our page Traveling in the Time of COVID-19.

We know that Dolomite Mountains guests are intrepid travelers. And we believe the best action we can take for our guests is to continue to create unique, active outdoor experiences that are beyond extraordinary. We are doing everything in our power to ensure your health and safety while you travel with us, and we plan to operate trips except when travel is restricted by local or global authorities. We have been – and will continue to – communicate with our travelers on a case-by-case basis about any potential changes.

While we hope you’ll find our actions reassuring, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help keep you safe – we want to make sure you to feel comfortable and confident in your travels with us. Should you have any concerns, we want to make it easy for you to reschedule your trip for a future date. You can find details in our Flexible COVID Cancellation Policy. When you are ready to travel again, we are here for you.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Dolomites and Beyond soon!

Cari saluti,

 

 

 

Additional Resources 

If you still have concerns, the following resources can provide you with additional information:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has been issuing weekly updates on its website.
  • The Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ISS),in addition to the aforementioned Italian Ministry of Health (Minstero della Salute) and its COVID-19 FAQ.
  • For information by phone, call Italy’s COVID information, available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day:
    • +39 0232008345
    • +39 0283905385
    • 1500 (from within Italy)
  • For US Citizens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an excellent resource.
  • For current travel, existing bookings, and/or planning for the coming summer in the Dolomites:
    • Check our travel protection page for information on the best travel insurance packages with Global Rescue, including “cancel for any reason” policies.
    • Check with your personal travel insurance carrier to determine whether world health events are covered.

Again, this is a fluid situation, which we are monitoring carefully. The health and safety of all our guests, guides, staff, friends, and family is our top priority. We will continue to update this page, and contact guests directly if new information becomes available or if your departure is impacted. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.