Traveling on Christmas and New Years: rules and prohibitions


In less than a month we will be in the middle of Christmas holidays: the desire to have fun and escape from our cities for a few days is enormous after the general confinement last year. In light of the increase in infections in Italy and Europe and the new Omicron variant, how are we going to make a to travel?

What are the retractions in Italy

Anyone wishing to move around our country will be able to do so freely as long as the “colors” of the regions remain those of the moment. The restrictions would apply if a region turned red: as we are used to, at this stage, all travel would be prohibited even within the municipality of residence except for health or (food) needs. For the moment, fortunately, this is a distant hypothesis even if the passage of Friuli-Venezia Giulia into the yellow zone is on the way to becoming a reality which will not however compromise any “exchange” or any travel between the different regions.

What happens if you travel to Europe

To enter France the green pass is valid: in France you can travel without masks (except when crowded) but the green certificate or the “health pass” is always compulsory to enter cinemas, museums, theaters and of course also bars and restaurants. The pass will be required when you board planes, trains and buses as well as for a medical examination or to enter shopping centers.

How to go to Austria and Germany

As we discussed in, Austria is experiencing a three-week blanket lockdown that started on November 22 and will end on December 12. To visit Vienna or go skiing in the Austrian mountains, you will need, as always, the green pass or a molecular test that turns out to be negative for the Covid carried out in the previous 72 hours: those who do not have it must do so in 24 hours after entry. in the countryside. At the moment, there is no quarantine obligation if you come from areas considered to be low risk such as Italy.

Germany, very contagious, has rules very similar to the Austrian ones listed above: green pass obligation from 12 years old and “vaccination cycle” for those who have at least one dose of vaccine but from the fourteenth day, not earlier. As usual, those who have decided not to be vaccinated can access with a negative swab within the previous 48 hours (antigenic) or 72 hours but in this case the molecular is required. The novelty is the 2G rule mentioned in the messaging: access to closed places only for vaccinated or cured people. The decision rests with the various German Länder (federal states). In those with very high traffic, the “2G plus” could be triggered with additional restrictions such as the requirement of a mask or negative buffer.

What is happening in Spain and Portugal

Anyone wishing to visit Spanish territory will do well to inquire each week as decided by the local government which publishes the updated list every 7 days for those coming from a foreign territory. The list can be found on the Farnesina “Safe Travel” website, which is constantly updated with the latest news which also concerns all other European and global regions. For Portugal, on the other hand, the basic rules apply: green pass or vaccination cycle of at least 14 days (first dose) or cure of the Covid within 180 days; negative swabs 48 or 72 hours before embarkation but a test may also be required upon disembarkation on Portuguese territory. However, the green pass is not compulsory in restaurants, hotels, casinos and even if you decide to go to the gym or to certain Spas while wearing a mask is compulsory in public transport, in hospitals , home. rest and in places that host shows and entertainment events.

How are you in Britain

Different situation in the former EU, the United Kingdom: you must have completed at least part of the vaccination cycle (14 days) and not have passed through countries considered on the red list in the 10 days preceding entry on English territory. In this case, however, it will be necessary to take a swab within 48 hours of arrival, to fill in a “”passenger tracking form “ with the details of the buffer reservation. Obviously, the green pass rule still applies. If this is not done properly, it will be necessary to remain in isolation until there is a negative swab result (which will be received within 48 hours).

The “corridors” without Covid

If they are organized by tour operators, there is no restriction if you decide to go to the warm and dreamy places that millions of Italians love: we are talking about the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles; Aruba, Dominican Republic and Egypt. However, on his return, Italy requires the form we have seen previously to enter the UK (Passenger Locator Form) and a rapid or molecular test (negative) to be carried out 48 hours before returning to our country.

The “forbidden” countries in Italy

On the contrary, which are the countries in which Italy now prohibits entry? In practice, all those in which the Omicron variant circulates the most: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi. For now, however, Israel, Japan and Morocco have decided to close the borders to all foreigners and to preserve their “peaceful” moment from an epidemiological point of view.


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