Travel Update - Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update – Travel in the Dolomites & Northern Italy


For scheduled and/or for future travel with Dolomite Mountains, check our Travel Services page for travel insurance recommendations, and our preferred travel insurance provider
 Global Rescue. 

 

Updated 4 November 2021 –

We are thrilled to welcome you back to the Dolomite Mountains! This summer we enjoyed seeing so many new and returning guests soaking up the beauty of the Dolomites, and we look forward to seeing more of you in the weeks and months to come!

While the Coronavirus has impacted us all in different ways the past 20+ months, today the Dolomites and the surrounding areas we travel are some of the safest places in Europe – if not the world. The low case and transmission rates here, combined with the wide open spaces in nature, afford a sense of respite and freedom from the challenges we have faced both locally and globally, and a glimpse of a forecasted return to normalcy we hope to celebrate together soon.

While we will do our best to keep this page updated, we encourage you to confirm travel regulations for your country on the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) website, and through our additional resources below.

 

VACCINATION RATES AND THE EU COVID-19 GREEN PASS

Coronavirus vaccination began in Italy in late December, and the vaccination rate is steadily climbing. As of 2 November 2021, 46.4 million residents (77% of the 60.3 million population) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 43.3 million residents (72.7% of the population) fully vaccinated, putting Italy in the top 20% of most vaccinated countries in the world. Combined with the decline of new Coronavirus cases, this has enabled the European Union to keep its borders open to visitors, and to continue to ease COVID regulations. As the situation continues to improve, so will the rules for travel.

On 1 July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate, or “Green Pass,” entered into application. An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19,
  • received a negative test result, or 
  • has recovered from COVID-19.

European Union citizens and residents are now able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. This facilitates free movement within the EU, enabling citizen and resident travelers to move about the EU and the Schengen area without restrictions by:

  • Digital and/or paper format, and
  • with a QR code.

Green Passes must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish and can be presented in digital or printed formats.

The EU is working with the WHO to ensure the certificate is recognized beyond Europe, and to recognize similar products from non-EU countries.

  

PROOF OF VACCINATION, TESTING, & QUARANTINE REGULATIONS FOR VISITORS

As of 28 August 2021, travelers from EU countries, the European Schengen area, Canada, Japan, the U.K., and the United States, as well as from Albania, Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine, Taiwan, the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau can enter Italy without any quarantine obligation, or the previously required “approved specific reason for travel” (work, health, study, absolute urgency, or return to one's residence), provided that:

  • They fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy
  • They present the equivalent of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, or “Green Pass,” on arrival in Italy, issued by the Health Authorities of their home country, certifying:on arrival in Italy, issued by the Health Authorities of their home country, certifying:
    • complete vaccination against COVID-19 performed at least 114 days before entering Italy, using a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which currently includes BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, CureVac, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi-GSK, and Novavax.
    • Recovery from COVID-19 and the termination of medical isolation.
    • Negative result for a rapid molecular or antigenictest. (When the test must performed depends on the country of departure – see the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) website for details.)

If, on entering Italy, travelers do not present meet the above requirements, they can enter the country but will have to undergo fiduciary isolation for 5 days, and perform an additional molecular or antigen test after those 5 days of isolation.

Travelers arriving from some non-EU countries can enter Italy without undergoing fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, provided they use COVID-tested flights. Contact your embassy or airline for details.

Additionally, travelers who have not been vaccinated, but who are coming from a list of “safe countries,” will also be allowed to visit for nonessential reasons, such as leisure and business. 

Travel restrictions still apply to List E Countries, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

Throughout this pandemic, the health and safety of our guests, guides, and staff has remained 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 and will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance of Italian national and international health organizations.

To make it as easy as possible for you to join us in the Dolomites in 2021, 2022, and Beyond, we have updated our booking policies. We have made your final payment due closure to the time of departure, and made our cancellation policies more flexible, so you can book confidently, assured that your travel investment is secure. For more information, see our COVID-19 Deposit Schedule & Flexible Cancellation Policy.

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

Cari saluti,

 

 

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.

  

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.

 

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.
  • Re-open EU provides information in 24 languages on the various measures in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travelers, the EU Digital COVID certificate, and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps. The information is updated frequently, and available online and in a Mobile App format.
  • 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) and the US Department of State are excellent resources.
  • 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.