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When you get tired of sightseeing, sit down at a caffe for authentic pizza, local pasta or unforgettable desserts and that's not even mentioning the coffee! If you're planning on visiting the country, here are some tips on safety and on travel health insurance for Italy.
Is travel health insurance mandatory for Italy?
If you require a Schengen visa to travel to Italy, then yes, travel insurance for Italy is a requirement and is mandatory. However, if you come from a country that allows you to travel to Italy without a visa, then travel insurance isn't mandatory. However, it's strongly advised. Besides travel insurance, the only other requirements for entering the country are as follows:
- All visitors must have a passport with at least six months of validity remaining beyond the planned date of departure from the country
- Your passport must have two pages required for entry stamp
- You'll need to prove 10,000 Euros or equivalent in your bank account in order to enter the country
COVID-19 in Italy
The CDC currently places Italy at Level 4, meaning that all travelers should avoid travel to Italy at this time. If travel is a must, here are some Covid safety precautions to take.
American tourists and other travelers are allowed into Italy. They must provide a negative PCR test result, enter quarantine for 10 days, and then take a second test.
Health & safety
Italy is a fairly safe country to visit. However, there is a high risk of pickpocketing and low-level scams. If you are taking public transportation, be sure to keep your purse, backpack or bag closed and in your hands at all times. If you are wearing a backpack, take it off and hold it in front of you to avoid bumping other passengers and staying aware if someone attempts to open your bag. Phones, wallets and cameras are particularly at risk of being stolen.
You may see people on the street asking for money, however they may be more interested in where you are keeping your wallet. Consider giving to local charitable organizations rather than giving money to those on the streets. Also, be wary of people offering to take a picture of you with your camera or phone (particularly in front of famous landmarks) as they may plan to run off with your device as soon as you hand it over.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Italy.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Visas & documentation
If you are planning on visiting Italy (or any country in the Schengen area) for 90 days or less for holiday or leisure, you can either enter with just your passport or with a Schengen Visa, depending on your home country. Most countries in North and South America, including Canada, Mexico and the United States, can enter the Schengen area without a visa. Citizens of most African and Asian countries, however, will need this visa and are required to carry travel medical insurance for the duration of their stay. For more information and to see if you need a visa for your trip to Europe, check the Schengen Visa's official site.
To receive a Schengen Visa, you must prove that you have travel insurance designed to satisfy specific requirements. You may need additional documentation if you plan to work or study while in the Schengen region.