Last update: 19 May, 2021
This page is dedicated to the current COVID-19 situation and vaccination campaign in Italy, with a particular focus on destinations in the Bay of Naples and on the Amalfi Coast. Though we try to summarize to the best of our knowledge, it's not always easy to stay abreast of the changing situation. Please see the official government links below.
Capri and Procida are officially Covid-Free islands, with the adult residents and hospitality workers completely vaccinated; the vaccine campaign on Ischia is almost complete. Hospitality workers in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast are in the process of being vaccinated, and in the rest of the region of Campania about a third of the general population has received the first dose of the vaccine. The vaccination campaign should be completed in the region with the second dose by the end of July. You do not need to take a Covid test to embark on the ferry for Capri, Ischia, or Procida.
We hope to be able to welcome you in during the summer of 2021 as cautious and safe travel begins again! We have already begun to see the first visitors arriving on the island and along the coastline, and they are able to enjoy the beauty of this corner of Italy during the glorious month of May without the tourist crowds. Finally, the first signs of normal life are blooming like spring flowers!
Italian regions are currently classified as yellow, orange or red, based on the number of active COVID-19 cases. The classification is updated every few weeks and the region of Campania is currently classified as "yellow zone".
Italy has a color-coded regional system to indicate the level of Covid risk and the related restrictions. The country’s 20 regions are currently all classified as “yellow”, or low-risk zones or “orange (medium risk) in the case of Valle d'Aosta. There are no “red” (high risk) or “white” zones, or Covid-free regions. There is complete freedom of movement within and between yellow regions without any forms, tests, or vaccine certificates needed. Those moving inside or from an orange or red zone can only travel with a permit for work- or health-related reasons.
For domestic flights, some airlines are requiring a negative Covid test to embark. Most hotels on Capri and in Sorrento offer on-site testing services for guests. You do not need to take a Covid test to disembark from the ferry for Capri, Ischia, or Procida.
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Currently, visitors must present a negative Covid-19 test (antigen or molecular) taken 48 hours before departure.
By the end of May, EU citizens and residents of the EU, UK, and Israel will be allowed to enter Italy for leisure travel if they meet one of the following conditions:
Rules for leisure travelers arriving from the US and other countries have not yet been made public.
For clarification about traveling to Italy, the best source of information is the Italian Foreign Ministry.
On Italy's Foreign Ministry website, you'll find a helpful questionnaire that provides general information about travel.
Contact your local embassy for precise information about the requirements regarding COVID testing or quarantine upon returning to your country of residence after visiting Italy. The European Green Pass will be active from June 15th, which will establish a set of rules applicable for traveling between EU countries.
Capri: All hotels in Capri and Anacapri are offering a Covid-19 test service for both molecular and antigen tests directly inside the hotel. There are also a number of local clinics and labs that offer the test, including Check-Up Capri in the Piazzetta 081 8370808. Results are guaranteed within 48 hours.
Sorrento: The Zenith lab 081 5321677 offers molecular Covid-19 tests and will come to your hotel or accommodation. Results are guaranteed within 24 hours.
Naples Capodichino airport: The pharmacy located on the upper floor offers fast antigen tests with a travel certificate in Italian and English. Results are ready in 15 minutes. You can book ahead (recommended) by calling +39 081 7803652.
Travelers from other EU countries will be able to travel to Italy for tourism is they show a negative COVID-19 test, certificate of vaccination, or certificate stating that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months. For travelers arriving from outside the EU like the US or the UK, the situation remains unclear. That said, the European Commission President has recently announced a move to allow vaccinated travelers from the US to visit Italy for tourism this summer, though no dates or procedures have been set as of now.
Italy's vaccination campaign is moving forward and the at-risk population will be fully vaccinated within months. The region of Campania kicked off the vaccination campaign in the most touristed areas, beginning with the island of Capri.
Masks will still be required indoors and outdoors in crowded spaces where social distancing is impossible in the spring and summer of 2021.
Tourism service providers are currently updating their tours and other experiences to offer more open-air options, private tours, and small-group activities. Car and boat services have put sanitation practices into place between each client. Hotels on Capri and the Amalfi Coast are planning to reopen in mid-May.
Last update: 19 May, 2021
Italy currently classifies each region as a yellow, orange, or red zone based on the number of active cases. The classification colors are updated every few weeks, and at the moment the region of Campania where the Amalfi Coast and Capri are located is classified as yellow. Cafès and restaurants are open for outdoor service, takeaway, and delivery; indoor service will begin again on June 1st. Most hotels, shops, museums, and other cultural sites are open.
Ferries: At the moment, there are no travel restrictions for Capri. Rapid Covid-19 testing may be required. We suggest booking your ferry tickets in advance.
Buses: Buses and the funicular are running on Capri. 'Sita public buses are currently running on limited capacity. There have been reported problems with crowds on buses, particularly at the beginning and end of the school day. We suggest arranging for alternative transportation.
Trains: The Circumvesuviana train between Naples and Sorrento is running, but can often be crowded. Opt for a ferry between Naples and Sorrento (keep in mind that ferries are running at reduced schedules) or a private transfer, the safest option.
All museums, archaeological sites, and exhibitions are currently open. Tickets must be booked online at least 24 hours in advance for weekend visits.