HOW TO TRAVEL TO SICILY – COVID PROCEDURE
2020 was, without a doubt, a difficult year.
This is now the mantra that we repeat to ourselves and have been repeating to us for months. In the meantime, we have reached 2021, almost the middle of the year and it is just a short while that we will begin to say ‘2021 was a more difficult year than 2020’.
What is certain is that the desire to travel has increased and therefore we expect that this year something can be invented to ensure that people can safely return again to feel the freedom of movement and be able to choose to take a vacation.
Sicily will certainly be one of the most popular locations because in the center of the Mediterranean, reachable in a few hours from many European countries, economic, beautiful and rich in culture and fantastic places. Nature, food, culture, climate. Four fundamental ingredients for a winning tourist recipe. Here, I believe that Sicily has these ingredients mixed well.
What’s the current COVID regulations to travel to Italy?
In Italy, the government periodically issues Decreti del Presidente del Consiglio (DPCM) which dictates the behavioral rules on how to deal with the pandemic. The last Prime Ministerial Decree issued on Covid was of March 2, 2021 and with Decree Law of April 1, 2021, no. 44 was extended until April 30, 2021. We expect a new Prime Ministerial Decree to be issued after April 30. The news reported in this article is updated on April 16, 2021, and therefore valid until April 30, 2021.
We must also say that complicating matters is that some regions, such as Sicily, have an autonomous statute and therefore can issue specific “ordinances” that have value only in that territory. The latest order issued by the President of the Sicilian region is of 7 April 2021
So, what to do if you want to come to Sicily for a break and relax watching the calm waves of the Mediterranean sea or strolling through the history told by the architecture built for centuries?
Before organizing your trip, we advise you to visit the government website Viaggiaresicuri.it. Here you will find an online questionnaire in which, depending on the state you come from, what are the reasons for your trip, it provides you with information on how to proceed.
The countries of origin (the country you are leaving from) have been organized into lists that are updated at each DPCM according to the gravity of the situation in each country.
Here are the lists valid until April 30, 2021
List A – Republic of San Marino, Vatican City State.
List B – States and territories with low epidemiological risk, identified, among those referred to in list C, by order adopted pursuant to article 6, paragraph 2.
List C – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France, (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco.
List D – Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, as well as the other states and territories with low epidemiological risk, identified, among those referred to in list E, by order adopted pursuant to article 6, paragraph 2 .
List E – All states and territories not expressly indicated in another list
Let’s try to organize all the information and report step by step the procedure for those who want to visit Sicily.
Travels are allowed only for reasons of work, health, or necessity and a specific self-certification must be presented. Transit in and out of the regional territory is always allowed for the return to one’s home or residence.
- For those who can enter the regional territory, there is an obligation to register by clicking here (In Italian). Commuters or those who have left the regional territory in the days immediately preceding and to go to the national territory for a period of fewer than 4 days are excluded.
- It is required to undergo a molecular diagnostic examination of the rhino-pharyngeal swab within 48 hours prior to arrival in Sicily. The result must be entered in the form to be filled in as per point 1.
- If the molecular swab has not been carried out within 48 hours, proceed as follows (source www.costruiresalute.it):
- upon arrival in Sicily (either by own means or by public transport) the person concerned must go to a specially dedicated drive-in in order to undergo the rapid antigenic swab. In the event of a positive outcome, the ordinary procedures provided for Covid-19 positive subjects are followed, with repetition of the molecular swab and taken over by the Regional Health System. In the case, on the other hand, of a negative antigenic swab, the person concerned can go to the home, with the recommendation to keep personal protective equipment, avoid contact with third parties and undergo an antigenic swab again on the fifth day following that of subjecting to the first swab;
- in the event that the interested party does not intend to follow the procedure indicated in letter a), he can go to an authorized laboratory and undergo the molecular swab, at his own expense, with the burden on the structure itself to notify the Department of prevention of the Asp territorially competent;
- in the event that the interested party does not follow any of the procedures indicated in the previous paragraphs, as soon as he returns to Sicily he is obliged to place himself in fiduciary isolation for a period of ten days at his home, with the obligation to notify his doctor of general medicine, to the pediatrician of free choice or to the relevant ASP.
On the Catania airport website it is stated that arriving passengers can swab at Terminal C: just go to the terminal with a boarding pass, following the signs or asking for information from the civil protection staff present at the arrivals. .
For completeness of information, this is the link to read the order of the Sicilian Region no. 36 of 07.04.2021
Below you can download the Self-certification in Italian and English
NUMBERS AND CONTACTS
Regional toll-free numbers and travel info
The Region Governments have activated dedicated numbers to respond to requests for information and urgent measures to contain and manage the contagion of the new coronavirus in Italy.
SICILY 800 45 87 87 (FREE) – 0932 614411 active from Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This page is informative. It will always be your responsibility to check the information and carry out checks before planning a trip. For further information, you can always visit the “Italy” page at http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/approfondimenti-insights/saluteinviaggio
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