According to the latest government measures, Covid-19 rules differ based on where you are in Italy.
Italy is divided into three areas: red (high risk), orange (intermediate) and yellow area. Each color means different rules and restrictions.

Unitl December 23rd Sicily is included into Italy’s moderate-risk level (yellow zone). Therefore, in our Region until 20th December it is possible to enter and leave our Region only to/from regions belonging to the same moderate risk level area, except in cases of proven necessity. In any case travels should be limited to the minimum necessary, as it is strongly recommended.
As in the rest of Italy, travelling by public or private means of transport to and from a municipality other than the one of residence, domicile is allowed until 10 p.m., while from 10.00 pm to 05.00 am, travelling by car, bus, train o by any other vehicles also within one’s municipality is banned, except for specific reasons: proved needs or urgencies, health reasons or going back home.

 

Travelling within Sicily during the Christmas Season

Very recent government provisions established the same rules throughout the national territory.  Therefore on 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 December and 1st, 2, 3, 5 and 6 January  2021 (the so called red days), travelling between different municipalities is not allowed with the exception for proven work reasons, situations of necessity or health reasons. In these days it is possible to visit relatives or friends no more than two people at a time (children under 14 and non self-sufficient people are excluded from the count) and only once a day. A self-declaration form justifying travelling during these days is required.

On 28, 29, 30 December 2020 and 4 January 2021, (the orange days),  travelling from the municipalities with a population not exceeding 5,000 inhabitants towards places distant not more than 30 kilometers is allowed (the provincial capitals are not included within these destinations). In any case, a night-time curfew between 10pm and 5am is in place for transfers inside or outside one’s own Municipality.

For further information visit the official website of Sicilian Government and our dedicated website  www.siciliacoronavirus.it

Answers to common questions.

According to the latest government measures, Sicily falls into Italy’s moderate-risk level (yellow zone). Therefore, until 20 December 20th it is possible to enter and leave our Region only to/from regions belonging to the same moderate risk level area, except in cases of proven necessity. In any case,  travelling should be limited to the minimum necessary, as it is strongly recommended.

From December 21st 2020 to January 6th 2021, travelling between different regions (including those to or from the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano) will be prohibited, with the exception of travel for proven work reasons, situations of necessity or health reasons. It will always be possible to return to one’s residence or domicile; while it will not be allowed to move to second homes which are in a different Region.

Also from December 21st to January 6th all cruises departing, stopping over or arriving to any Italian port are suspended.

Access to Italy from foreign countries is regulated differentely according to the different specific areas of the country or travel from certain foreign Countries and territories. For more information on current Italian laws and regulations for travelling abroad, please check the website  infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it (Italian language only)  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and fill in the Information form with the required details.

Arriving to Sicily during the Christmas season:

Sicily’s Regional Government introduced a new set of anti-coronavirus measures travellers arriving to Sicily during the Christmas season. The provisions will come into force from December 14th and will be on place until January 7th 2021.

Mandatory registration 
Anyone entering the island coming from abroad, with the justifyed reasons, must register on siciliacoronavirus website. Travellers from all countries entering  Sicily between 14th December and 7th January need to present a negative Antigen or Swab test not older than 48 hours or need to undergo the rapid test (free of charge) at arrival at the airport, port or in a test centre.

Rapid antigenic test in the Covid-areas
Travellers that haven’t yet undergone to a molecular swab, have several options:
1) Go to one of the test centers (drive-in) and undergo the rapid antigenic swab. In case of positive outcome, procedures provided for Covid-19 positive people will be followed, with repetition of the molecular swab. The positive tested travellers will be taken over by the Regional Health System. In case of negative result, they can reach their final destination, with the recommendation to wear their personal protective equipment and avoid contact with other people. A 2nd test after 5 days, if still staying in Sicily, is required.

Molecular tests in laboratories
Alternatively, travellers can undergo the molecular swab, at their own expense, by an authorized laboratory which must notify the local Prevention Department (Asp).

Fiduciary isolation
c) Travellers who do not follow any of the previous procedures, as a last resort, are obliged to undergo fiduciary isolation for a period of 10 days under health surveillance .

 

Our accommodation facilities  have to follow strict rules to ensure the health of guests and staff . Housekeeping activities are scrupulous and carried out according to strict criteria and with special procedures.  Inside every facility, customers will find signs with the instructions to follow to enjoy the service safely.

All catering services in restaurants, pizzerias, pubs, ice cream parlors, pastry shops and bars work from 5:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.  but they will be closed from 24 to 31 December 2020 and from 01 to 06 January 2021   Catering with home delivery and “take-away” is still allowed until 10.00 pm but with a ban on consumption on the spot or nearby. Consumption at the table is allowed up to a maximum of 4 people per table (except for people living under the same roof).
Always with the obligation to ensure social distancing, food and beverage service is allowed in airports, hospitals and refueling areas along motorways.

All kinds of retail shops, shopping malls and outlets, are open until 09:00 p.m. (on 28,29,30 December and 4 January) as well as markets, trade fairs and hobbyist markets, craft activities, personal care centres such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons.

From 24 to 31 December and from 1 to 6 January 2021 alla shops need to close except for pharmacies, newsstands, food markets, tobacconists and personal care centres such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons.
Here it is always necessary to maintain the distance of one metre between people and the obligation to wear a protective mask. Customers of the single exercises will receive an adequate information on the taken preventive measures, about the maximum capacity limit of the place and about the behaviours to adopt and will have to disposition specific products for the sanitization of the hands. The detection of body temperature may also be required, in order to ensure the safety and health of all guests.

On Sundays and Holidays, all shopping centres are closed  except for pharmacies, newsstands, food markets and tobacconists lying  inside the mall.

Nationwide, from 6 November and until further notice, all museums, cultural sites and exhibitions are closed. 
Shows open to the public in theatrical halls, concert halls, cinemas and other spaces, even outdoors, are suspended. 
Activities in the outdoors or indoors dance halls, discos and similar venues, are suspended too.

Festivals and fairs of any kind are prohibited a well as conference and congress are suspended except for those that can take place with remote modes.

Parties are banned both indoors and outdoors includin those for civil or religious ceremonies. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended to avoid private parties and to receive people non-cohabitants in private homes.

Activities of gymsswimming poolswellness centersspas are suspended (except for those with mandatory health care) as well as the activities of theme and amusement parks.

It is possible to play sports both outdoors, without the requirement of the mask during the activity but in compliance with the distance of two meters between people and the absolute prohibition of gathering. All sport competitions and all activities related to amateur contact sports are prohibited, while sporting events recognized by the Coni and the Italian Paralympic Committee behind closed doors are allowed.

Until December 20th, travelling throughout Sicily, by public or private means of transport to and from a municipality other than the one of residence, domicile is allowed until 10 p.m.
From 10.00 pm to 05.00 am, travelling by car, bus, train o by any other vehicles also within one’s municipality is banned, except for specific reasons: proved needs or urgencies, health reasons or going back home.  The self-declaration form justifying travels to other municipalities and beyond the permitted hours, is online.
The public transport,  both urban and extra-urban lines, and the rail and sea transport serving the Sicilian minor islands guarantee their service for justified travels. These companies have adopted the necessary safety measures such as: periodic sanitation of the vehicles and a 50% reduction of the available seats. A kit with mask, gloves and single-dose gel pack is provided in case of long routes.
To protect all passengers, it is required to strictly comply with the obligation to use a protective mask both on board the vehicles and at the stop, even if outdoors.
At the airports, passengers and visitors are guided by signs towards the mandatory routes into and out of the airport. Sound announcements communicate the rules on social distancing. In addition, physical barriers are installed to limit and control, with the help of electronic tools, the maximum number of passengers in common spaces (gates, shops …) to avoid overcrowding. Departing and arriving passengers must wear masks and gloves. Airport personnel wear plexiglass visual screens and personal protective equipment. A thermoscanner is installed in each entrance / exit gate to control body temperature under the monitoring of health personnel.

The Sicilian Health System is ready to face and manage the situation: besides the Emergency Phone number 112, the Sicilian Government has introduced the Official Coronavirus toll-free number, 800458787, in order to assist citizens at any time. Specifically, one can receive assistance and information about the Government action plan following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy and Sicily.  This service, available 24 hours a day, has also the purpose of avoiding the spread of untrusted data and false information.

N.B. The provisions herein are subject to constant changes in relation to the evolution of the national and international scenario. For more information on the availability of services, please contact the Companies  directly.

This article is updated on 21.12.2020


For tourist information on specific Sicilian locations it is possible to contact local Tourist desks by e-mail

For tourist information and updates allover Italy, visit the Italian Tourism Official website, www.italia.it