Will I be able to travel to Italy again this summer?
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
What’s happening in Italy
With Italy officially entering Phase Two of Lockdown on Monday 4th May, of course many of us are still waiting to know the answer to the golden question, is it still possible to travel to Italy this summer? In short, the answer is that there is still some uncertainty around the topic of travel and we are still awaiting official confirmations and guidelines by the Government. We are over a week now into the new normal way of life here which involves the mandatory use of masks in indoor and outdoor places that are open to the public. In Italy citizens are now also able to visit their relatives that live within the same region, that for over 2 months they were separated from, however are yet able to visit friends or go our in big groups. A selected amount of small business were also able to re-open such as shops selling food or necessary products and all others remain closed until later in the month.
It’s clear that the virus is still present and we are having to slowly find ways to adapt to this new way of life in order to keep moving forward and regain some sort of normality back in our lives. As the weeks and months pass, slowly we are reaching the summer months we have all been anticipating during lockdown and we continue to wait for an official announcement of this years guidelines and regulations that need to be followed in order to have the possibility of a summer.
What you can do in Italy during the second phase of Lockdown. Cr.
What is Sorrento Vibes doing
At Sorrento Vibes our guests are the core and the heart of our business, because of this we want to ensure you that during these past two months in lockdown we have spent every minute watching the situation develop to understand how we can create new methods and plans to enforce maximum security and safety for our guests and of course still offer them an unforgettable and magical time during their stay with us. Our priority has always been to ensure our guests feel safe, welcome and secure in our accommodation, and even now more than ever. Below we have outlined for you the main steps we are taking to maximise safety, security and sanitation and ensure our business is meeting all of the new standards outlined by the Italian Government.
- Enforcing Social Distancing Methods
- Adapting our contact methods to become contactless
- Heightened Security Measures for our Guests
- Maximise Top Quality Cleaning and Sanitisation
The topic of cleaning and sanitising is one of the most discussed topics among the new horizons of hospitality, guaranteeing safety and cleanliness in accommodation facilities is an essential factor for the future of hospitality. For us at Sorrento Vibes these issues are fundamental, and have been since the first days we opened our doors to guests from all over the world, the professionalism and quality of services that have always distinguished our company have facilitated us in applying new sanitisation strategies by implementing the already efficient cleaning and safety techniques.
We will also be implementing appropriate and government recommended social distancing measures, especially in the travel and hospitality sector, is very important and factors we are absolutely complying with. As travel operators we are organising ourselves in the best possible way to adapt to these changes. In Italy, and in particular in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast, tourism is an integral part of our territory and we are ready to welcome you to our structures by applying every form of prevention and safety. Our business, which totally focuses on private apartments, single-family villas, guesthouse rooms without common areas, best meets the new forms of tourism, guaranteeing respect for space, autonomy and privacy. In addition, our guests are couples, families and small groups and the absolute standards of cleanliness are systematic in all environments and visible to customers.
Is my Italy Summer 2020 trip still going to happen?
Italy’s Tourism Industry has been put on hold since February 20th, and of course the country has seen a significant decline in national and international visitors since, however we are happy to say the possibility of the borders being closed to foreign travellers until 2021 is simply not true, which of course gives us some sort of indication and hope that a summer in Italy will still be possible.
“I am ready to sign bilateral treaties between European countries to encourage the arrival of foreigners as well, while waiting for the emergency to be definitively behind us”
G.PALMUCCI – ENIT
Giorgio Palmucci, Italy’s president of the Italian National Trust Board, ENIT, recently discussed the possibility of EU residents to be able to travel to Italy this summer, saying, “I am ready to sign bilateral treaties between European countries to encourage the arrival of foreigners as well, while waiting for the emergency to be definitively behind us”, he clarifies that Italy will start allowing tourists from neighbouring European countries to enter Italy, at the earliest, in July or August. The best advice we can give right now is for those who have already booked during or after these months or are considering the idea to visit Italy this summer, is to wait a little longer until the clear guidelines and regulations are stated, it’s not completely off the cards yet and we will be monitoring the on-going discussion and situation closely and reporting all important updates here.
Latest Update | Saturday 16th May
June 3rd now marks a significant date here in Italy, where the borders will be opened and EU tourists and citizens from the Schengen area will be allowed to visit. Restrictions will also be lifted on travel within Italy, meaning residents will once again be allowed to freely travel from region to region.
Latest Update | Sunday 17th May
– Borders between Italy and EU countries to re-open
– EU members allowed to travel to and from Italy
– Two week quarantine no longer imposed on those coming from EU member countries
– Travel between regions also allowed without certification
– Re-assessment of any lifting of non-essential travel from outside the EU (USA/UK)
Latest Update | Monday 18th May
May 18th marks a significant day in Phase 2 of Italy’s lockdown from today:
– Restaurants and bars allowed to re-open to the public
– Citizens are allowed to move freely within their region without certification
– Social distancing is still in place with 1.5 metre rule
– Barbers and Hair Salons open again to the public
– We are now allowed to visit our friends
Latest Update | Sunday 24th May
Finally we are able to enjoy the beautiful beaches and slowly, with the necessary precautions, we are able to return to the new normal.
These are some of the things we can do:
– Go to Restaurants and Bars
– Go to Hairdressers and Barbers
– Go to the Beach
– Visit Museums
Of course there are very strict social distancing measures in place such as floor markings and signs, face masks are also obligatory in all public spaces.