Italy has reopened its borders to Canadian tourists! This is amazing news for gelato lovers who have been missing out on the real stuff for months… or is it years?? Now you can finally let yourself dream of scootering down cobblestone streets, popping in and out of local shops for authentic Italian fashion, and eating copious amounts of pasta with vino on the Terrazza.
If you have Italy on your bucket list, you can make your travel dreams a reality right now. Get ready to hop aboard the people mover; however, be mindful that Canadian tourists must observe a few public health measures to be welcomed onto Italian terrain.
Restrictions for Canadian Travellers Wishing to Enter Italy
You will need to complete a digital Passenger Locator Form, present a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of arrival and notify the local health authority of your arrival. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory. You will need to take a COVID-19 test at the end of your 10-day quarantine.
Good news: Travellers can be exempt from quarantine requirements if they can show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination older than two weeks or have a negative COVID-19 test less than 72 hours old or provide proof of recovery from COVID-19. Source
If you meet the above requirements (effective July 7, 2021), you can discover Italy and enjoy a gelato in the sun as soon as you step off the plane. Always check the latest updates before leaving: COVID-19: Where Can Canadians Travel To?
Top Things To Do In Italy
Italy is full of breathtaking landscapes and experiences that are too robust to count. It’s easy to fall under the spell of this romantic country! The food, culture, history, and weather are some of the things that travellers miss when they come back home. Here are 5 must-dos if you go to Italy (but there are plenty of others).
- Cinque Terre: You MUST visit the Cinque Terre coastal region. These five towns, built into the rocky cliffs along the sea, offer a sparkling view of the Italian coastline. You can take the ferry from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore, making stops along the way, or jump on the train that goes from one city to another. Also, check out our tips for a day away from the tourists in Cinque Terre.
- Milan: Milan is a must-see city, not only for its iconic fashion sense. You will be charmed by its architecture and its history. A financial hub for Italy, Milan can be an expensive place to stay and explore. Here are 5 tips for exploring Milan by backpack without breaking the bank.
- Venice: One of the most romantic cities in the world! Gondola rides are a real tourist trap, so we recommend that you experience Venice on foot. Venice is a well-designed city for pedestrians with charming nooks and crannies.
- Amalfi: This city gives us serious movie star vibes. Amalfi is a picturesque town along the sea, where tourists can enjoy good eats under the lemon trees. From here, you can visit the ruins of Pompeii at the base of Mount Vesuvius, only a stone’s throw away.
- Rome: It’s worth a visit to the country’s capital if you love a good history lesson. The Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Sistine Chapel (in the Vatican) are just some of the many tourist spots that you can check off your travel list.
Now that you know the restrictions in place to enter Italy as a Canadian, it’s time to book your flight and pack your bags! La dolce vita awaits! If you can’t make it this summer, you can always organize an Italian party while planning your future trip or watch the 1991 movie in the comfort of your living room while eating a good pizza!
When is your next trip to Italy?
To find out all the destinations open to Canadian travellers, click here: COVID 19: Where Can Canadians Travel To?
This article was originally published in French and adapted in English by Britney Claveau.