Rome Corona. Due to the aggressive mutations of the coronavirus, Italy has introduced a color system with white, yellow, orange and red. Rome is currently yellow zone. The situation is checked weekly. Find out what that means for your trip to Rome here.
The provisions described here are expected to apply until May 15, 2021.
Checks on arrival
Travelers from the Schengen area, the EU, Great Britain, Israel, Andorra and Monaco are allowed to enter Italy. They must have tested negative in the 48 hours prior to entry. With decrees valid until May 15, the Minister of Health decreed that these travelers must observe a 5-day quarantine and then make a second test. The Italian government has expressed great optimism that the quarantine requirement for these travelers will not be extended beyond May 15.
Travelers from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Romania, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand must definitely go into quarantine and are only allowed to use private means of transport or connecting flights to get to their destination. All travelers must report their arrival to the local health department (ASL).
Tourists are not allowed to enter from other countries. Citizens of the EU and the Schengen area are also allowed to enter from other countries, but have to go into quarantine for 14 days and are not allowed to use public transport.
Passengers on so-called COVID flights – specially tested flights – do not have to observe any regulations when entering the country.
Test before the return flight
Many countries require a COVID test before the return flight, which must not be older than 48 hours. You can do the test in many pharmacies and it costs 22 euro.. There is usually a tent in front of the pharmacy where the tests are carried out. Have the test result certified in English so that it can be accepted by the airline and the authorities of the country of entry.
Rome in times of corona
Visiting Rome during these months is an extraordinary experience. There are almost no tourists and you can enjoy less crowded attractions, churches and museums. The Romans, especially shops and restaurants, are happy about every visitor. It is unlikely that there will be another such opportunity to have Rome almost to yourself.
How big is the Covid 19 risk in Rome?
Across Italy, the number of infections went up and Italy is now a risk area. Source: ECDC
The Lazio region is also affected. The situation is not dramatic, but it is important to observe the known safety regulations. The National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Spallanzani” is based in Rome and treats sick people from all over Italy. Of course, these cases are included in the regional statistics.
The Romans are very careful about hygiene and the government’s measures against the spread of the virus have always been followed very well in Rome. Unfortunately, the situation in Rome is not simple due to the aggressive mutations.
The most important regulation is that all people must keep a minimum distance of 1 meter (3.2 ft). In addition, there is a requirement to wear a mask in public. Children under 6 years of age and athletes during their activities are excluded.
Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. you may only be in public for special reasons. It is not allowed to eat or drink in public after 6 p.m.
Cinemas and theaters are allowed to open. Churches and museums are open.
Big shopping malls are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. All shops have to close latest at 9 p.m. Only pharmacies may be open all night.
If Rome is classified in red, only basic supply shops are allowed to open and you can move freely in Rome from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. You are not allowed to leave the city area either. If you are being checked, you have to explain the reason for your stay in public. There is a form of the Interior Ministry for this. Since Rome is classified in yellow, all shops are open.
Masks are required in taxis. The front seat must remain free and 2 passengers may sit in very row. This means that in normal vehicles only two passengers are allowed to travel, in Vans correspondingly more.
Bars and restaurants are allowed to serve guests outside. Many restaurants also offer take away and late night deliveries.
Hotels are allowed to keep their restaurants open for house guests.
Only a limited number of customers can be in a store at the same time. When this number is reached, you have to wait until another costumer leaves the store.
Temperature measurements are carried out at airports, train stations, in museums, shopping centers and at the large basilicas such as St. Peter’s Basilica. If the measured temperature is 37.5 ° C (99.5 °F) or more, you can’t enter.
The museums are open. The Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican Museums can only be visited by reservation. Reservation is recommended for the museums of the City of Rome. If slots are still available, you can buy tickets at the museum ticket office. Due to the distance regulations, the permitted number of visitors is greatly reduced and you must reserve in good time. The ticket offices at the Colosseum were open in October. But do you want to risk your health in the queue to save a few euros?
The Vatican Museums open on May 3rd. For example, only 10% of visitors are allowed to visit the Vatican Museums, 3,000 visitors a day instead of the 30,000 that were previously admitted. You must therefore reserve your visit to the museum in great advance. The passage in the Sistine Chapel from the museums to St. Peter’s Basilica is currently closed.
In our section 3 days in Rome you will find many suggestions for walks and activities in Rome.
In most museums, but sometimes also in the St. Peter’s Basilica, there is a path in that makes sure that all visitors can only go in one direction. It’s like IKEA, you may have to walk a long way towards the exit.
St. Peter’s Square is sometimes closed. You can then enter St. Peter’s Basilica only on fenced paths and come to the exit on the other side.
Free attractions such as the Trevi Fountain may also have fixed paths and access will be closed if too many people gather in front of the fountain.
A limited number of passengers are allowed on buses. When the number is reached, you will have to wait for the next bus.
Only a limited number of passengers are permitted in the metro stations and on the trains. When the number of admitted passengers in a metro station is reached, you have to wait outside the station. During rush hour, additional buses are offered along the metro lines.
However, it is difficult to control these regulations.
Of course, you should provide adequate health insurance during this time. It is sufficient for citizens of the European Union to have their health insurance EHIC card with them.
In case of suspected infection in Rome COVID-19
If you suspect that you have been infected with the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus – the disease caused is called COVID-19 Corona virus disease 2019 – you should not leave the house to avoid infecting other people. In Rome, call a family doctor or call 800 11 88 00, the phone numbers of other regions in Italy can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health.
Practical tips and precautions for Rome
Arrival and departure
Public transport is not our first choice in Corona times. We recommend to book a transfer in advance for the journey from the airport to the hotel.
There are several reasons why we recommend accommodation in the center of the city. The most important thing is that you can reach most of the attractions without public transport. Metro and buses are totally overloaded and you have to expect long travel and waiting times. If you have your accommodation in the center, you can walk to almost anything. Read our article Hotels in Rome.
Rome is known for the “Movida”. Many Romans enjoy the mild autumn nights and meet on the streets and squares until late at the night to chat. For your safety, avoid crowds and keep away from people you don’t know. If it’s not possible to keep the distance, wear your mask! At 10 p.m. there is curfew and nobody is allowed to be on the street without a special reason. Places where people could gather can also be blocked earlier.
Rome is a very safe city. However, the corona crisis has left deep damage. Many people rely on donations. Theft could therefore also increase. It is of course safer in the city center rather than in some neighborhoods on the periphery. And you shouldn’t be out with lots of money and valuables late at night.