Information on Coronavirus in Rome
Updated: August 4th 2020
Here you have all the latest information on airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in Rome is no longer a threat.
For further information, you may also visit the official website of the Italian Government by clicking here.
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Rome Coronavirus Travel Information
If you are stuck in a hotel room in a foreign country, we gathered all the information you need about airports, public transport and anything regarding travel and tourism in Italy in order to make things a little easier for you. This way, you don’t need to browse all over the internet for information – everything is here on one page!
Travelling withing the Italian regions is allowed. Travelling to other regions in Italy is allowed with proof of work needs, health reasons and emergency situations. Cruises by Italian flag passenger ships are suspended.
From June 3rd, Italy welcomes visitors from the European Union and Schengen area countries, without quarantine, as the country makes a tentative return to international tourism following a prolonged lockdown.
From June 3rd, Italians will be able to travel to most EU and Schengen zone countries. However, those travelling to Greece from northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte and Veneto from June 15th to June 30th will be required to undergo testing and quarantine.
Extension of Entry Ban
From July 14th onward the entry ban will be extended from 13 states considered to be at risk for the number of coronavirus infections. These states include: Armenia, Bahrain, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Oman, North Macedonia, and Moldova. In the case of Italian citizens returning to Italy from these countries are must be quarantined. The same goes for Italian citizens returning to Italy from the United States where an isolation period of 14 days must be obliged.
Rome Airport Information
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers well updated and at providing the latest information. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of Rome’s airports.
Check with your airline company to see if there have been any alterations to you travel plans. The Italian government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely essential.
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Both airports have scaled down operations due to the coronavirus situation in Rome. In an effort to slow down the increasing amount of coronavirus cases in Rome, all airports in the city have reduced operations. Terminal 3 is the only operational terminal at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and only passengers and airport operators are allowed to enter.
Body temperature checks are operational through thermoscanners and are carried out at the entrance of the airport at Aeroporti di Roma.
Totems have been installed at both Fiumicino and Ciampino airports reminding all passengers to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from other passengers. This is to avoid the creation of crowds at check-in counters, security checks and boarding gates. Passengers are also required to wear a mask at all times.
The airports sanitize their spaces daily and ask passengers for their patience and understanding if some spaces must be closed down for the deep-cleaning to occur.
Rome Public Transport
Public transport in Rome is functional for essential journeys. Timetables for surface and underground transport have been revised. The service is remodelled to suit the needs of essential workers and situations. Travellers with a declaration will be prioritised.
Visit the the ATAC website here for more information and plan your journey according to the updated schedule.
Keep up to date on Rome’s public transit here:
- Roma Termini Station
- Roma Trastevere Railway Station
- Roma Aurelia Train Station
- Roma Tiburtina Station
- Flaminio Metro Station Rome
- Roma Estiense Railway Station
- Roma Porta San Paola
Some attractions have started to open for the public on May 18th 2020, while some attractions are still temporarily closed and travel is restricted to these destinations.
Most Rone attractions have started to reopen. Here, you can keep yourself informed on attraction reopenings, daily opening and closing times and information on reduced capacity.
In the case that certain locations close again due to changes in restrictions, you can still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again if you are staying in Rome for a longer period of time.
Here is the list of Rome’s main attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- Colosseum – Open on June 8th 2020 (tickets may be purchased online, small groups allowed, all visitors must have temp. taken at entrance)
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Vatican Museums – Reopened on June 1st 2020
- Olympic Stadium Rome
- Pantheon – Temporarily closed
- Roman Forum – Temporarily closed
- Sistine Chapel – Reopened on June 1st 2020
- Villa Borghese
- Borghese Gallery and Museum
- Altar of the Fatherland
All attraction websites update the information about when they will be open again on their websites. Please check their websites regularly to stay tuned.
Governmental Rules and Regulations to Follow in Rome
Here are the key restrictions and rules to follow set by the Italian Government, which apply in Rome as well as in other cities in the country. It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions in Rome and minimise your social interactions to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s equally important to be careful.
- In case of symptoms, person to immediately notify practitioner, wear surgical mask and stay away from others, stay in room with door closed but with natural ventilation as you await to go to the hospital
- In case of symptoms or doubt, stay at home and call these toll-free numbers
Information on and measures for people with disabilities here
- It remains mandatory to wear a mask in closed spaces from July 14th until the end of July (may be extended)
- Social distancing is a must in all places, inside and out and all all times
- Masks must also be word outdoors in the case that social distancing of at least one and a half meters between people is not possible or respected
- Outdoor sports, recreational and physical activity is allowed while keeping a distance of at least two meters
- Access to parks, playgrounds and public gardens is allowed
- Accommodation facilities (hotels) are allowed under strict respective measures and keeping a one meter distance between persons
- Opening of restaurants, ice cream shops, bakeries, pubs and bars is allowed ubut must comply with strict guidelines set by the respective regions
- Beach resorts allowed under strict rules and protocols
- Opening of all commercial activities allowed under strict measures; customers entering at a fixed number
- Activities of wellness centers, social and cultural centers remain closed
- Gyms, swimming pools, sports clubs and gyms allowed to be open from May 25th 2020 under rules of social distancing and other rules set by the centers
- Matches in Italy’s Serie A football championship will restart on June 20, 2020
- Openings of places of worship and religious services allowed with strict measures in order to avoid overcrowding and gatherings
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Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. The relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and by dispersing gatherings.
What to do while currently in Rome
- Food delivery
Restaurants are closed but that doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Glovo or Ubereats or other delivery websites, pick anything you want and have it delivered to your location.
- Watch an Italian movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch an Italian movie instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie set in Rome while you are in Rome? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. For a list of the 10 best Italian movies of all time, click here.
If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some texts that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for a an hour or two a day.
Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.
- Keep the communication going with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?
As we all know, keeping active is crucial to our well-being. When you’re stuck inside for a longer period of time yoga, stretching and meditating can help you feel better. These are activities you can do on your own floor or balcony. There are many videos online that you can follow while doing these activities, and you can also tune into live-stream yoga classes available online.
You can also read this great article on the website of the Italian Ministry of Health on how to follow correct lifestyles while staying at home curing the coronavirus pandemic.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. We are in this together and every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?