What do the ‘Covid zones’ in Italy mean?

Pandemic news:

Italy is totally open to travellers. You do not need any kind of vaccination certificate, test certificate, or “Green Pass” to enter the country. Nor do you need any kind of certificate to visit restaurants, museums, historical sites, etc. 

Masks are not required to be worn except on public transport. Read more…. 

All sites in Rome are open but tickets for museums and other sites should still be booked in advance >

May 1 update: Italy has cancelled the “Green Pass” laws. No vaccination or test certificate is required, either to enter the country or for any other purpose in Italy.

How Covid-19 laws are implemented in Italy

Every few weeks, based on current infection data, the Italian central government issues a decree (‘DCPM’) for laws that apply to the entire country during the crisis, but certain aspects of the rules are also:

  1. Determined by current infection/hospitalization data that informs the Covid zone ‘traffic light’ system (see below);
  2. Open to the interpretation of regional governors: they may tighten up national regulations if required, either at a regional or a more local level.

The current National Covid rules for Italy are available in English on the Ministry of Health website but also look for added regional restrictions here (warning – this link is not a government site, and therefore the information may be out of date).

Rules that apply throughout Italy regardless of zone status currently include that FFP2 masks must be worn  on public transport

Regional norms are determined using a ‘traffic light’ system, which is based on a weekly assessment of health data.

What the Covid zones in Italy mean

Rome is in the Lazio region, and Lazio is currently YELLOW. Read on to find out what that means. To find out Rome’s current status on any given date, check the color of Lazio here (official, Italian only) or this website (unofficial but in English).

Covid zones in Italy as at January 10, 2022

White zones:

No regional restrictions. No lockdown. No curfew. Everything is open. Restaurants and bars may open for indoor dining and drinking. Only limitation is national mask regulation. Masks are no longer required outdoors anywhere, and the Super Green Pass is no longer a requirement.

 

Yellow zones:

Restaurants and bars are open though indoor dining/drinking and other activities require a Super Green Pass. Food and drink delivery is allowed at any time. All shops are open. Museums and attractions are open. Booking ahead is essential. Indoor gyms are open. Schools are open. Unrestricted intra-regional travel, travel to yellow and white regions permitted. 
 

Orange zones:

Restaurants and bars are open for takeaway only until 6 pm, though delivery is allowed at any time. Gyms and non-essential shops are closed. Museums and attractions are open. Booking ahead is essential. Schools are open for under-12s. Restricted regional travel, no extra-regional travel. Curfew from 11 pm every night until 5 am.

 

Red zones:

Restaurants and bars are open for takeaway only until 6 pm, though delivery is allowed at any time. Gyms and non-essential shops are closed. Schools are closed. Museums and attractions are closed. No intra-regional travel, no extra-regional travel. Curfew from 11 pm every night until 5 am.

Needless to say, regardless of your personal beliefs or feelings, you must respect the laws and norms of the country while you are visiting.

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Tickets in advance!

Because of ticket supply problems following the end of Covid restrictions, it is strongly advised that you buy tickets and tours in advance to visit attractions in Rome.

Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.