Rome Coronavirus. Italy stepped up its efforts to avoid COVID infections. Find out here what this means for your trip to Rome.
The provisions described below apply until December 3rd. From December 4th, shops, bars and restaurants in Rome are expected to remain open until 10 p.m.. It’s expected that people shall stay at home after 11 p.m..
Checks on arrival
Tourists from the Schengen area and the EU, with the exception of parts of Romania, are allowed to enter Italy. The same goes for travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Travelers from some countries will need to go into quarantine or to do a coronavirus check if they haven’t tested negative in the last 72 hours. These controls are carried out at toll booths, bus stops and airports. The countries of origin are the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and the Czech Republic. There are also controls for those returning from Sardinia.
Tourists are not allowed to enter from other countries.
Visiting Rome during these months is an extraordinary experience. There are almost no tourists and you can enjoy empty squares, empty churches and empty 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 towards the end of October and almost all of 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. Nevertheless, the number of infections is also increasing in Rome.
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 indoors and in closed public places, including public transport.
It is compulsory to wear a mask in the city when you are in the vicinity of other people. 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.
Museums, cinemas and theaters are closed. Churches 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.
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.
Reservations are recommended for restaurants. People living under the same roof can sit together at one table without having to maintain the minimum distance.
Instead of the usual price lists, there are either plasticized menus that are easy to disinfect, or there are disposable lists.
Bars and restaurants are not allowed to serve guests after 6 p.m. However, many restaurants offer take away and deliveries until 10 p.m.
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.
All museums are closed until 3.rd December. After that, the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican Museums and the museums of the City of Rome can only be visited by reservation. 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?
Also the Vatican Museums are closed until 3.rd December. 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 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.