Italy introduces new Covid-19 measures as ski regions impose new restrictions

Italy is now in the grip of a wave of cases with new measures coming into force on Monday January 10. The Aosta Valley and Abruzzo head towards the Yellow Zone, joining Piedmont Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino. The region of Trentino could soon become an orange zone. NEW

Italy’s Covid restrictions change on Monday, January 10, with an extension of its so-called “super green pass” requirement to a range of additional sites and locations.

It includes ski lifts and applies to many contexts in ski resorts.

The pass can only be obtained with a certified vaccination or recovery, and not just with a negative test result.

Italy is currently registering 144,895 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per day.

Over a 7-day period, there are 1,682 cases per 100,000 population.

This figure is 2,420 in France and 1,465 in Switzerland.

He is 528 in Austria.

the UK currently sees 1846.

Here are all the sites in Italy to which the “green super pass” requirement will be added from Monday, January 10.

  • All restaurants and bars, for indoor and outdoor dining, including in hotels.
  • All public transport, including local buses.
  • School buses serving children 12 years of age and over.
  • Hotels.
  • Lifts.
  • All indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wellness centers, gymnasiums and team sports facilities, including changing rooms.
  • All indoor and outdoor spas and thermal baths with the exception of “essential rehabilitation or therapeutic care”.
  • Museums, exhibitions and cultural places, including libraries.
  • Celebrations relating to religious or civil ceremonies.
  • Fairs, festivals, conventions and conferences.
  • Amusement park.
  • Indoor and outdoor cultural, social and recreational centers (excluding educational centers for children).
  • Games rooms, betting houses, bingo halls and casinos.

Champolouc, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Already, some ski provinces have moved from the “white zone” to the “yellow zone”, including the main ski areas of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto.

The ski resorts remain open.

Trentino could go from ‘yellow’ to ‘orange’ later this month.

It is home to Madonna di Campiglio and dozens of other smaller ski areas.

If Trentino were to become an ‘orange’ zone, it would effectively mean a lockdown for the unvaccinated or those who are unable to prove they are cured of Covid.

This would have little direct impact on holiday skiers in the UK, as unvaccinated or unrecovered people must be quarantined.

Border entry measures have been tightened with spot testing for anyone entering the country for tourism, work or any other reason.

See details for entry at the end of this article.

Turin airport

Turin airport. Image © PlanetSKI

Anyone who tests positive on arrival must self-isolate for 10 days.

People who do not have suitable accommodation may be forced to stay in a ‘Covid hotel’ where they can be monitored by local health authorities.

The stay would be the responsibility of the person, the costs varying from one region to another.

The Italian government also recently adopted a decree making vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for all people over the age of 50.

“We want to slow down the contagion curve and encourage Italians who have not yet been vaccinated to do so,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a statement.

“We are working in particular on the age groups most at risk of being hospitalized, in order to reduce the pressure on the hospital to save lives,” he added.

Austria has also decided to introduce compulsory vaccinations from next month.

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Rules for UK entry into Italy as reproduced by the UK government:

If you are traveling from the UK and can prove that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.

More:

  • you must complete the Passenger Tracking Form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to obtain a QR code to show your travel agency and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device.
  • you must present proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy OR of a negative antigen test carried out within 24 hours before entering Italy.

If you are not fully vaccinated, to enter Italy from the UK you must:

  • complete the Passenger Tracking Form (EU PLF) to get a QR code to show your travel agent and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device.
  • show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy
    inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy.
  • stay in self-isolation for 5 days.
  • perform another PCR or antigen test at the end of the 5 days of self-isolation.

Children under 18 do not need to be quarantined if traveling with a fully vaccinated parent and (for those over 6) have a negative PCR or antigen test.

Children under 6 are exempt from the test.

You can read more about being required to take a COVID-19 test at Embassy of Italy in London COVID-19 update page.

Some Italian regions require that you register your arrival with the health authorities when arriving from abroad.

You are strongly advised to check the websites of the regions you are traveling to for the latest information or to call the relevant regional hotline upon arrival.

Cervinia, Italy.  Image © PlanetSKI

Cervinia, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

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