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Italy Travel InformationDue to coronavirus (covid-19), there are restrictions on freedom of movement throughout Italy from March 9. See travel advice and more under Health.

Health

Coronavirus (covid-19):

  • 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 reiseregistrering.no
  • 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 stay.
  • 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).

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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 consultations
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 consultations
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 this website.

Safety

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 Foreign Ministry.

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 recommended.

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 advised.

There are frequent political demonstrations in Italy. These usually run peacefully and rarely pose any security risk.

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 destination.

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 airfare.

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: emb.rome@mfa.no

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

Entry

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.

Practical information

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 cash out.

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: 08.30-18.30

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

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