Coronavirus Update – Travel in the Dolomites & Northern Italy
Updated 05 May 2022 –
We are thrilled to welcome you back to the Dolomite Mountains! We enjoyed seeing so many new and returning guests soak up the beauty of the Dolomites this winter, and we look forward to seeing more of you in the Dolomites and Beyond this summer!
While the Coronavirus has impacted us all in different ways the past two years, today the Dolomites and the surrounding areas we travel are some of the safest places in Europe. High vaccination rates and 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 using the additional resources below.
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:
- Italian Ministry of Health – “Covid-19, travellers”
- Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) – “Covid-19 updates: information for tourists”
- Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – “Focus: Italian citizens re-entering Italy and foreigners in Italy”
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.
VACCINATION RATES IN ITALY
Coronavirus vaccination began in Italy in December 2020, and the percent of population vaccinated is in the top 10% of countries worldwide. As of 4 May 2022, 50.706 million residents (84.09% of the 60.3 million population) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 47.854 million residents (79.36% of the population) fully vaccinated, and 39.75 million (65.92% of the population) having received an additional dose. This has enabled Italy to keep its borders open to visitors, and to continue to ease COVID regulations for vaccinated travelers. As the situation has continued to improve, so have the rules for travel.
EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE, ITALIAN GREEN PASS & SUPER GREEN PASS
EU Digital COVID Certificate
On 1 July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate entered into application. An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a proof, available in both digital and paper form, that a person has either:
- been vaccinated against COVID-19,
- received a negative test result, or
- has recovered from COVID-19 (valid for 180 days after receiving a positive molecular PCR swab test).
Beginning 1 February 2022, the maximum validity period for COVID vaccination for an EU Digital COVID Certificate will be 6 months, following a primary 2-dose vaccination series or 1-dose series for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. After 6 months, a person must either have:
- received a vaccine booster against COVID-19*,
- received a negative test result, or
- recovered from COVID-19.
This will be reflected on their EU Digital COVID Certificate. These new rules apply only to international travel.
European Union citizens and residents are 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.
The EU is continuing to work with the WHO to ensure the certificate is recognized beyond Europe, and to recognize similar products from non-EU countries.
* After a booster shot, the validity of the COVID-19 pass will be extended further without a set limit because there is not yet enough information about the duration of protection from boosters. Given continuously emerging data, a specific acceptance period for vaccine boosters may be adopted at a later date.
Italian Green Pass
The Green Pass is Italy’s version of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate. This certification is the tool that allows you to travel, take public transport, access restaurants and accommodations, to take advantage of services, and to participate in numerous cultural, recreational, and sports activities. Green Passes must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish, and can be presented in digital or printed formats.
In Italy, there are currently two (2) different levels of Green Pass:
Basic Green Pass: Certification of rapid or molecular antigen test with negative result. Each negative test is valid for 48 hours, which means unvaccinated people will need to produce a new negative test result every 48 hours in order to access activities that require a Basic Green Pass.
Super Green Pass (also referred to as Enhanced, Strengthened, or Reinforced Green Pass): Granted only to fully vaccinated persons with a full course of an approved vaccine or who have recovered from COVID-19.
A Super Green Pass is required to use all public transportation including local buses, metros and trains, to board airplanes and high-speed trains, for hotels and B&B stays, for entrance to museums, entertainment, cultural venues including cinema, theatre, and sporting events, indoor and outdoor dining and counter service, and to ride ski lifts.
Starting February 1, 2022, Super Green Pass validity will be six months from the time of the most recent vaccination, reduced from the previous nine-month validity (which is the current EU COVID Digital Certificate standard).
MEASURES IN FORCE FROM MAY 1 TO JUNE 15, 2022 – BEYOND THE EMERGENCY
In Italy, there is no longer an obligation to show the so-called "Green Pass" for access to transport, catering or hotel services, nor for access to other commercial facilities. For more details, please refer to Decree-Law no. 24 of 24 March 2022.
In general, from 1 May and until 15 June 2022 at the latest, the provisions relating to the use of respiratory protective devices are contained in the Order of the Minister of Health of 28 April 2022 "Further urgent measures concerning the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, use of respiratory protective devices".
From May 1, it is mandatory to wear FFP2 type respiratory protective equipment in the following cases:
(a) for access to and use of the following means of transport:
1) aircraft used for commercial passenger transport services;
2. ships and ferries engaged in interregional transport services; and
3) trains used in interregional, Intercity, Intercity Night and High Speed passenger rail transport services;
4) Buses and coaches engaged in passenger transport services, of an undifferentiated nature, operated on a continuous or periodic basis by road on routes linking more than two regions and having fixed routes, timetables, frequencies and prices;
(5) buses used for rental services with driver
6) vehicles used in local or regional public transport services;
7) means of school transport dedicated to primary, lower secondary and upper secondary school students;
b) for shows open to the public that take place indoors in theatres, concert halls, cinemas, entertainment and live music venues and other assimilated premises, as well as for sports events and competitions that take place indoors.
In addition, it is mandatory for workers, users and visitors of health, social and health care facilities to wear respiratory protection devices.
It is recommended to wear respiratory protective devices in all indoor public places or places open to the public.
The following are exempt from the requirement of wearing respiratory protective devices: a) children under six years of age; b) people with pathologies or disabilities that are incompatible with the use of the masks, as well as people who have to communicate with a disabled person in such a way that they cannot use a mask; c) people who are doing sports.
Air, sea and land carriers, as well as their delegates, are required to verify that the use of the services listed in the Order of 28 April 2022 is carried out in compliance with the requirements of the same Order.
* Validity of Covid-19 Green Passes (Certifications) for foreigners in Italy, the new rules of the Decree Law of 4 February 2022
As of 1 February 2022, the validity of COVID-19 Green Pass to access activities and services in Italy is 6 months. Those who come from a foreign country and are in possession of a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 or vaccination with a vaccine authorised or recognised as equivalent in Italy, issued by the competent foreign health authorities, where six to nine months have elapsed since the completion of the vaccination cycle or recovery, AREA ALLOWED ACCESS TO SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES for which the Green Pass is provided after having carried out a rapid antigen test swab (valid for 48 hours) or molecular test swab (valid for 72 hours).
The test is not mandatory in case of recovery from Covid-19 after the completion of the primary vaccination cycle. In the case of vaccinations with vaccines that are not authorised or not recognised as equivalent in Italy, access to services and activities is allowed in any case after having carried out a rapid antigen test swab (valid for 48 hours) or molecular test swab (valid for 72 hours) with a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
** In order to maintain a valid Super Green Pass, a booster shot is required six-months or less after the primary vaccination cycle, and every six months thereafter (note, this is different than the rest of Europe). For those who received their last vaccine dose more than six months ago and have not been boosted, their Super Green Pass will expire if they do not get an additional dose of vaccine.
***Recovery certificates for unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated are valid for 180 days (about six months) from the validity start date on the certificate of healing. Recovery certificates for completely vaccinated and/or boosted are valid for 270 days (about nine months) from the validity start date on the certificate of healing. (Note that this is different than the rest of Europe, where recovery certificates are valid for 180 days after receiving a positive molecular PCR swab test.)
Children under the age of 12 and those who have an appropriate medical certification are exempt from presenting a Green or Super Green Pass.
Unvaccinated individuals who have not had the virus cannot get a Super Green Pass, as it does not certify individuals who only carry out a rapid or molecular antigen test.
The Super Green Pass will be in effect through the end of the current state of emergency on 31 March 2022, unless it is otherwise extended or cancelled.
VISITOR PROOF OF VACCINATION, TESTING, & QUARANTINE REGULATIONS
Fulfilments for entry to Italy
The rules for entry into Italy have been updated and simplified. The Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has signed a new order extending the provisions for arrivals from foreign countries to 31 May. The only change concerns the Passenger Locator Form, which from 1 May will no longer be necessary.
From 1 May, regardless of the country of entry into Italy, the traveller will be required to present to the carrier and to whoever is in charge of checking:
- the COVID-19 Green Certificate or other equivalent certificate which must state one of the following conditions:
- completion of the primary vaccination series or booster dose according to the vaccination plans of the countries of release with vaccines authorized by the European Medical Agency (primary series validity 9 months and booster dose without predefined limit)
- recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection (valid for 180 days from positive swab test)
- recovery after the administration of the first dose of vaccine or at the end of the primary vaccination series or following the administration of the relevant booster dose
- rapid antigen or molecular swab test, respectively within 48 or 72 hours before entry into Italy.
Only in case of failure to submit one of the above certifications, shall the traveller be submitted to a 5-day quarantine and obliged to take a molecular or antigen test at the end of this period.
All foreign citizens vaccinated abroad with complete vaccination against COVID-19 performed at least 14 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 are entitled to access all venues and services for which a Green Pass is mandatorily required in Italy.
ENTRY OF MINORS
For the purpose of entering Italy’s national territory, children under six years of age are exempted from taking a molecular or antigen test.
U.S. TRAVELERS RETURNING FROM ITALY
** Effective 6 December 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older (citizens of all nationalities, including U.S. citizens, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated) with a flight departing to the U.S. from a foreign country, are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.
Both antigen and PCR test are accepted, but at-home rapid tests must be supervised and validated by a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer. Testing sites are available throughout the country, includingat or near Italian international airports including Venice (VCE), Milan (MXP), and Olbia (OLB). We recommend scheduling your COVID test in advance, to ensure you will receive your test results in the 24-hour window of your departure.
Please visit the CDC website for more information on the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers bound for the United States.
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.
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).
- 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:
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.
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!