Last updated: 1st May 2022
We appreciate this is of utmost importance to all our guests so please read through this document carefully.
Many of us are travelling abroad for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and are understandably nervous about how to cope with the new situation.
Others of us have travelled abroad once or multiple times, but one thing for sure is that the rules will have changed since the last time you did so! So, even if you have been travelling regularly, please check the regulations current at the time of your travel.
In the document below, we have set out the rules as they are now and offered some suggestions.
Your safety, and the safety of the other members of the group, is our primary concern but by following the rules, you will find that your journey is relaxing and carefree.
You may also find that some or many of the rules below are not being enforced, in which case it will be a pleasant surprise.
We have asked that all our guests travelling with Esplora Travel this year be fully-vaccinated. The following document therefore makes the assumption that you indeed comply with this requirement. In the case that you are not fully-vaccinated, please contact the office immediately.
Entry into Italy
For entry into Italy from the UK, US or Australia:
Assuming you are fully vaccinated, you no longer have to do a pre-departure test prior to arriving in Italy.
From 1st May 2022, you no longer need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
However, until 30th May you still need to show your vaccine certificate at the airport checkin and/or at the gate.
We suggest you keep paper copies of all your covid-related documents. And we also suggest you keep the documents on your phone – either as a file or as a photo of the document.
If you are coming from the UK, the best way of obtaining your covid certificate is by downloading the NHS app to your phone. Bear in mind the authentication process takes several days, so don’t leave it until the last minute!! The app will allow you to download your covid certificate. The QR code of your most recent vaccine then functions as your Italian “Green pass”. Bear in mind that the covid certificate generated by the NHS app only has a validity of 1 month but you can generate a new one at any time.
If coming from Australia or the US, you will need your paper covid certificate. This will function as your “Green pass”.
Where to find up-to-date information
It is crucial you follow only the official information. Do not trust information that you find on Tripadvisor etc as this will almost certainly be out of date.
If you are coming from the UK, you will find up to date information here:
If you are coming from the US:
If you are coming from Australia:
IMPORTANT: For flights to/from or within Italy, (as well as on trains and buses within the country), you are required to wear a type FFP2 or KN95 face mask.
This rule is in place until 30th May, so please make sure you have an FFP2 or KN95 mask with you before arriving at the airport. You will not be allowed to board the plane without this specific type of mask.
Flying to Italy
A further restriction which you should be aware of is that, because of covid regulations, when flying to Italy you cannot put your loose coat in the overhead lockers on the plane. You either have to put it in your hand luggage (where it might not fit) or wear it. Or otherwise you have to keep it on your lap. This can be a bit of a pain, so you may want to organise your packing accordingly.
Your vaccine certificate will function as your “Green Pass” in Italy.
However, bear in mind that the “Green pass” is being phased out from April 1st, so you may never be asked for it. Nevertheless, you should carry your vaccine certificate with you at all times and be prepared to show it in hotels, restaurants or museums if asked for it.
Face-masks during the tour
Face-masks are no longer mandatory in shops or closed spaces in Italy. However, in crowded spaces (eg markets) you may well feel safer wearing one.
Face-masks are however obligatory on public transport until 15th June and similarly, we are inviting our guests to wear face-masks on the bus.
If you catch covid in the days before the tour
If you are infected with covid in the days prior to the tour departure, we respectfully ask you not to travel (or at least, not to travel until you test negative). It is therefore vitally important that you are covered for this eventuality by your travel insurance. Please therefore, check your travel insurance and upgrade if necessary.
Fortunately, most travel insurance policies purchased within the last 12 months will include this as standard.
If you fall ill during the tour
If you begin displaying covid symptoms during the tour, you will respectfully be asked to take a covid test. In the first instance, this will be a lateral flow “do-it-yourself” test. If the test returns positive you may be asked to do a PCR test.
If you test positive for covid, the Italian rules in force from 1st April require that you self-isolate for 7 days and until you test negative.
This will be at your own expense, but we will of course provide assistance with finding a suitable place to stay during your quarantine. Probably this would be in a rented apartment rather than a hotel as it would give you more space to move. We would also provide assistance with obtaining supplies during this period.
Again, please make sure you are covered for this eventuality by your travel insurance.
If you test negative for two days in a row, it would then be possible to rejoin the tour.
If you come into contact with somebody covid-positive during the tour
Fortunately, the rules coming into force in Italy from 1st April, do not require you to self-isolate if you have come into contact with someone who has recently tested positive.
The recommendation however, is that you continue to watch out for symptoms and to exercise caution. You should also wear a face mask.
Pre-departure testing at the end of the tour
If you are returning to the UK you will not need to provide a negative test result pre-departure. And nor is it any longer necessary to fill in a Passenger Locator Form.
If you are returning to the US or Australia this is still required and ideally we would recommend one of the self-testing kits available and bring this with you.
If you are unable to do this and require a test pre-departure, please let us know so that we can help you organise it.