Sardinia, Puglia, and Basilicata have enacted pre-registration rules for travelers.

By Cailey Rizzo
June 10, 2020

Earlier this month, Italy opened its borders to most European tourists in an effort to revitalize its economy through tourism. Travelers from within the European Union can now freely enter the country without submitting to paperwork or COVID-19 testing — with a few exceptions.

Some of Italy’s regions which were lesser-impacted by COVID-19 aim to keep their infection numbers low this summer by requiring visitors to pre-register before arrival. Sardinia, Puglia, and Basilicata — some of Italy’s most popular summer tourism destinations — have enacted pre-registration rules, requiring visitors to fill out a form before they even enter the country.

Travelers entering Sardinia by plane or boat will need to fill out an online form detailing their arrival information and address while in Sardinia, as well as provide a form of ID. Two days before visiting Sardinia, travelers must also confirm that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and they must agree to prevention rules like wearing a face mask and submitting to a test, if necessary.

Beach in Sardinia, Italy.
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In Puglia, leisure travelers must also fill out an online “coronavirus self-report” form and email it to local health authorities of the province where they’ll be staying. Visitors are also urged to download the Italian government’s contact tracing app, called Immuni, and keep a record of everyone they come in contact with for 30 days after their arrival in Puglia.

The southern region of Basilicata is lesser-visited by foreign tourists but will begin to require all arrivals — even of residents — to be pre-registered online.

While there are only three Italian regions that will require pre-registry this summer, travelers who arrive in Italy’s Lazio or Campania regions must undergo temperature checks at ports, train stations, and airports, according to The Local Italy. And visitors to Sicily are encouraged to download an app called Sicilia Si Cura where they can log their travel and health status (although downloading is not required for entry).

According to the U.S. Italian Embassy, leisure travel to Italy from the United States is still not allowed. The only U.S. entries that are allowed will be for work, urgent health needs, or to return to your place of residence. These arrivals are still required to self-isolate for 14 days after landing.