Italy Travel Information
Due to coronavirus (covid-19), there are restrictions
on freedom of movement throughout Italy from March 9.
See travel advice and more under Health.
- The Foreign Ministry closely monitors the
situation in Italy.
- From March 9, there are restrictions on freedom
of movement throughout Italy. Movements are allowed
if absolutely necessary for work or health reasons.
Returns to residence are permitted
- Travelers are advised to keep up to date with
information and updates provided through the media.
Any advice and directions from local authorities
should also be followed. For Norwegians who are
unsure of their departure from Italy, we recommend
contacting their airline or travel agent. Many
airports also post information on their websites.
- All travelers are advised to register at
- The Institute of Public Health has
health-related infection prevention advice where
Norwegians are advised to avoid travel to Italy.
Read more about these tips on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
- The embassy posts information on regjeringen.no
- The situation in Italy may change. And the
situation may change before you leave or during your
- It is difficult to predict the possible spread
of the coronavirus.
- Local authorities may introduce travel
restrictions and other measures such as quarantine.
- Infrastructure such as bus, runway and air
traffic can be affected. It will always be the case
that the individual must consider the need to rise
to the prevailing situation in which to stay.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will then have
the opportunity to send out information via e-mail
and SMS should a serious event occur in the country
during their stay.
- Questions about cancellation of travel and
travel insurance must be addressed to the insurance
company and the travel company.
Throughout Italy, museums, schools and universities
are closed. Sports and cultural events are canceled.
There are also restrictions and demands on distance
between people at bars, restaurants, and some shops etc.
You can call 112 (Italy's emergency number) or 1500
if you think you have symptoms of the Koronovirus and
are in Italy. However, it can be difficult to get
through because of very high demand.
- Countryaah: Rome is the capital
of Italy. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Current Italian websites:
Particularly affected regions: Lombardy
Italian National Health Institute
The Italian Civil Defense
"Italian Civil Aviation Authority's" website.
Information on train journeys in Italy on the
Trenitalia and Italo websites.
You can also find information on the Italian Press
Agency's website (ANSA).
European health insurance card and valid travel
insurance are important to have when traveling to Italy.
Italy has a well-developed health system with both
public and private hospitals. Health and sanitation
conditions vary somewhat. There is a tight space in
public hospitals, and many patients per doctor. There is
often a long wait at the emergency room ("Pronto
Soccorso"). In addition, a non-Italian-speaking patient
may experience difficulties communicating with a
physician and other staff.
Scandinavian doctors in Rome:
Dr. Beate Halicz Sepe (Danish)
General practitioner, internal medicine, home
Address: Viale Bruno Buozzi 51
Tel: +39 06 8083943, Mobile: +39 338 6279002
Dr. Hildegund Røer (Norwegian, appointed seafarer)
General practitioner, specialist in skin and venereal
diseases, specialist in diet and nutrition, home
Via del Babuino, 68 (Metro A, Spagna)
Mob.: + 39 330 855288 Tel.: + 39 06 486688
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health publishes
news, information and advice when traveling abroad on
Most trips to Italy are trouble-free, but care should
be taken, especially in the big cities. Take good care
of your bags and valuables. Passports must always be
brought to identify in Italy. Health and sanitation are
generally good, but may vary.
Italy has a good crisis management apparatus. If
necessary, the embassy has good contact with the Italian
authorities concerned, such as the police, the Italian
civil defense and the crisis center in the Italian
Norway has an embassy in Rome. Contact information
and opening hours.
In addition, Norway has 13 honorary representations
in Italy, in the cities of Bari, Bologna, Cagliari,
Florence, Genoa, Messina, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Savona,
Torino, Trieste and Venice. This link gives you an
overview of the address and opening hours of the said
consulates. These are all honorary representations (do
not receive salaries or allowances to represent the
Norwegian authorities) and have periodic availability.
If assistance is needed, it is recommended to contact
the consulate to make an appointment.
Terrorism, crime and road safety: Threats and acts of
terrorism in all parts of the world indicate that
terrorist incidents cannot be ruled out, even in Italy.
There is nothing to suggest that Norwegian targets in
Italy are particularly vulnerable.
There is relatively low crime rates in the country,
but tourists are a favorite target for pickpockets,
especially in cities. Purse chopping and theft of
wallets are occurring constantly. This is especially
true in public communication such as bus and subway, at
major tourist attractions, at railway stations/airports
and other places where many people travel. There are
also burglaries in parked cars. The embassy recommends
that you keep bags etc. in front of you on the bus and
runway, and do not store valuables in cafes or easily
visible in a parked car.
The safety of roads, railways, planes and ferries is
generally good. However, there have been attacks by
trailers along the road network in Italy. Both trailers
and campers should have gas detectors installed in their
vehicles. The traffic can seem somewhat aggressive on
the Norwegians. Camping outside campsites is not
Public transport in Rome is regularly hit by strikes,
resulting in reduced departures.
Public taxis are reasonably priced in Italy and safe.
Private taxis that are arbitrarily offered inside
airport buildings at the larger airports are not
There are frequent political demonstrations in Italy.
These usually run peacefully and rarely pose any
Italy is exposed to various natural disasters. In
most regions of Italy there is a certain earthquake
danger. In the case of longer rainy periods, floods and
landslides occur. There are also active volcanoes in
Italy. Forest fires can occur in the summer months,
especially in the south of the country. The most
reliable information on the type of risk this may
involve, as well as information to the public, is
provided by the Italian Civil Defense.
In the case of natural disaster situations,
Norwegians are asked to consult the advice of local
authorities at the place they are staying, which is
normally obtained by contacting the accommodation/travel
Norwegian citizens who stay for a shorter or longer
period in Italy are encouraged to register at
http://www.reiseregistrering.no/. This also applies to
Norwegians residing in Italy. Only upon such
registration will the embassy have an overview of which
Norwegians are located in a crisis situation.
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance. Full-year travel insurance is
recommended rather than short-term insurance linked to
Local emergency number in Italy: 112
In crisis and emergency, Norwegians are encouraged to
contact the embassy in Rome. Contact information during
the embassy's opening hours: +47 23 95 29 00, e-mail:
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel.: +47
23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Before traveling to Italy, make sure you have a
passport, European health insurance card and valid
travel insurance. Norwegian citizens do not need a visa
to enter Italy.
For Norwegians, passports are the only valid travel
document. Although you can get into Italy without a
passport (no passport control in Norway on departure),
you will not get out of Italy without a passport.
Passports must also be displayed upon check-in at hotels
in Italy. Norwegians must therefore have a valid
passport before traveling to Italy. Emergency passport
is approved for entry into Italy.
Immigrant passports and travel documents for refugees
issued by the Norwegian authorities are valid travel
documents in Italy. In addition, the holder of an
immigrant passport/travel voucher must bring a valid
residence permit issued by the Norwegian authorities.
The area code for calls from Norway to Italy is +39.
Italy has the same current as Norway, but often you need
an adapter because of it. great variety of plugs.
The currency unit in Italy is the euro. Most credit
cards can be used, but the use of cash is still more
widespread than in Norway. There are a number of ATMs
and bank branches, and therefore rarely a problem to get
Common opening hours in Italy are pre-stores: Open
weekdays including Saturday 0900-13.00 and 1600-19.30.
Supermarkets, shopping malls and some major stores: 9 am
- 8 pm. Banks: Open Monday-Friday 08.30-13.00 and
14.45-15.45. Saturday closed. Post office: Ordinary post
office is open Monday to Friday: 08.30-14.00. Post
office with extended opening hours is open Monday to
Friday: 08.30-18.30 All post offices are open Saturdays:
Bus/tram/subway tickets are sold in kiosks marked
with a T (Tabaccheria) or in newsstands. Tickets at the
largest metro stations can also be purchased from a
vending machine. The tickets are stamped on board.
Train: Train tickets are purchased at the train
station or on the Internet.
NB: Except for space tickets for express trains,
paper tickets must be stamped before boarding the train,
if it does not cure on check.
When using public communications, tickets must be
purchased before boarding.
Traffic: Italians have a more offensive driving
culture than we are used to in Norway. The road standard
is higher than in Norway, and so is the speed. Tolls
must be paid on highways, debit cards and credit cards
can largely be used to pay. Pedestrians should be
attentive and watch out well before crossing the road,
even on green lights and pedestrian crossings.
The Norwegian driver's license is valid in Italy. NB!
Many Italian cities have introduced zones in the city
center where vehicles without special permission are
fined if they move within (Zona Traffico Limitato - ZTL).
Norwegian drivers driving in these zones can expect to
be billed to Norway after their stay in Italy, even if
Italian car hire has been used.
Taxis are safe to take in Italy, but it happens
tourists are charged more than necessary. Make sure the
tachometer is not turned off. From airports to the city
center, there are usually fixed fares, so ask when you
get in the taxi and ask for "Prezzo fisso". The taxi
drivers often drive a little in the fastest team. Please
note that child seats can be difficult to drive in
taxis. Pirate taxis occur in large cities, especially at
train stations and airports, and often cost far more
than regular taxis. Approved taxi drivers are not
allowed to boast about their customers. If a taxi driver
tries to boast customers, this is a good indicator that
it is a pirate taxi.
Official Italian holidays: January 1, January 6,
Easter Sunday, April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15,
November 1, December 8, Christmas Day and December 2.
Common emergency number in Italy: 112