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 13.06.2022 –

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:

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 

As of June 1, 2022 a Green Pass or equivalent certificate is no longer needed to enter Italy.

All Covid-19-related entry restrictions have been lifted.

Limited containment measures remain in place in Italy, until June 15, 2022:

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 equipment 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.

 

 

  • It is recommended to wear respiratory protective devices in all indoor public places or places open to the public. 

    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.

     

  • U.S. TRAVELERS RETURNING FROM ITALY

As of 12:01 AM ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. For more information, see Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.

Please visit the CDC website for more information on the requirement 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.

 

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).
  • 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.

 

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,