Covid 19

General information on COVID-19

Find here the current situation according to the new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Tuscany is now in the yellow zone and begins to ease restrictive measures. It is allowed to move around the entire region and between white and yellow regions (no orange or red zones now). It is still mandatory to wear facemasks, both in all indoor public places and outdoor, and respect the recommended social distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from one another. The nightly curfew continues to apply, but the government starts gradually easing it. The nightly curfew is now from 11pm to 5am, and will be postponed to midnight from June 7, before being scrapped completely on June 21st. White regions will immediately cancel the nightly curfew and many other restrictions.

Bars and restaurants have reopened and, from June 1, customers can be served indoor too. Shops will be regularly open also inside the shopping centers at weekends. Restrictions in the historic center of Florence: from Friday to Sunday (h. 16-23), it is forbidden to stay (stand/sit down and drink - except at the tables of bars & restaurants) in the following squares: Santo Spirito, Repubblica, Sant’Ambrogio.

Museums, galleries and archaeological sites are finally reopening. Safety precautions will be in place: a maximum number of people will be admitted and visitors will have to wear facemasks and respect the recommended social distance. Reservation is mandatory at weekends to limit numbers only in the museums usually visited by a large influx of people (Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden). In addition, theatres and cinemas are also reopening as restrictions have eased! Spectators have to book their tickets in advance and a minimum distance of one meter between the seats has to be guaranteed. Outdoor public pools and gyms have reopened, but we have to wait until July 1 to return to thermal baths, indoor swimming pools and spa centers. Sport events and stadiums accessible from June 1.

The Italian Minister of Health signed a new decree that will end, on May 16th, the obligation to spend 5 days in quarantine for travelers coming from UE, Schengen area, UK and Israel.  Nevertheless, they are still required to undergo a test (RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours prior to departure). The European Union has reached a consensus on a Covid travel pass, which will come into force by July 1 and will be valid for 6 months/1 year. It will consist of information - in digital or paper format - about an individual's vaccination, test and/or recovery status in regards to COVID-19, aimed at easing safe and free movement inside the EU. Concerning United States and other extra European countries, where the percentage of people vaccinated is high, Italy is going to reopen its borders by mid-June, with the same criteria adopted for EU citizens (only tests, no quarantine). Meanwhile, Covid-tested flights from USA, Canada, Japan and United Arab Emirates are authorized to enter the Italian national territory, without having to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and quarantine.

Those who have stayed in or transited through Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka during the previous 14 days are banned from entering and transiting in the Italian national territory (this decree was extended to June 21). Please check all details here. For travelers and citizens who need to undergo an antigenic test, the service is available at Florence Airport, from 8am to 2pm (€ 20,00), at Santa Maria Novella Train Station (Red Cross Tent, free of charge), from 8am to 8pm, and at private medical centers and pharmacies in the city.

For further information and instructions, call the following numbers: 1500 (from Italy) and +39 02 32008345 ; +39 02 83905385 (from abroad).  More updated information on the following Websites: Ministero della Salute and Regione Toscana (in Italian).