Coronavirus (COVID-19):  answers to common questions

What is the current situation in Sicily?

Currently there is a lower diffusion of contagion in Sicily than in the rest of Italy (DASOE DATA) and Local health authoritiesare monitoring the situation closely. In compliance with the latest national regulations and the local Government ordinances, all citizens and visitors are requested to follow these rules:

  • Stay at least one meter away from other people and avoid crowded places. The ban on public and outdoor gatherings is still in place.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Arm yourself with suitable personal protective equipment (masks) in public places where social distancing is not possible.  Children under six  and people with disabilities that make their use incompatible, are excepted.
  • If you have a fever over 37.5 degrees, or you are showing symptoms such as breathing difficulties , you are strongly advised to stay home,  restrict all contact with other people, as far as possible and  call your doctor or the sanitary services.
  • People who have been quarantined or have tested positive for COVID-19 are absolutely prohibited from leaving their home.

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

May I book a holiday to Sicily for  this summer?

Our tourist facilities and all Sicilian tour operators are getting ready to reopen by introducing health and safety measures.
The Regional Government has released “SiciliasiCura“, a free web-app for tourists, that will enable their access to health services in case of need.  Starting from 8 June and until 30 September, anyone arriving to the island, unless he is a resident or a domiciled person, is required to subscribe to siciliasicura.com website and complete the online form; download the free app “SiciliaSiCura” from the app stores for Apple or Android phones (SiciliaSicura application user guide)

Find out more on the siciliasicura.com website

Are the borders open?

Travelling to and from Sicily from other Italian regions  is allowed with the requirement to observe all the measures to prevent the spread of contagion. Furthermore travelling to and from the following States is allowed: member States of the European Union (besides Italy, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the Czech Republic); States party to the Schengen Agreement (non-EU States party to the Schengen Agreement are: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland);United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;Andorra, Principality of Monaco; Republic of San Marino and Vatican City State

Persons travelling to Sicily from these countries will no longer be required to selfisolate under the supervision of the health authorities for 14 days, unless they have stayed in other Countries during a 14-day period prior to entering Italy.
Traffic restrictions for specific areas can be restored at any time following the aggravation of the epidemic curve.

For more information, please visit the Foreign Affairs website

Are touristic facilities, beach resorts, bars and restaurants open?

Our tourist facilities both indoors and outdoors (e.g. campsites) and all Sicilian tour operators are getting ready to reopen by introducing health and safety measures. Most  restaurants, pizzerias and bars are already open and many beach resorts are alrealdy working in respect of social distancing and distance across equipments (tables, chairs, deckchairs, umbrellas). Excursions to the main craters of  Mount Etna are possible again by the specific cable car or on board the authorised 4×4 Jeeps Tours. In order to ensure a greater safety, reservations are required in almost all resorts. Customers and visitors will be advised about the prevention measures in effect and about the required behaviors and will be provided with hand sanitizers. Wearing ones protective mask in hallways, reception, lobby and other common areas, is mandatory if social distancing is not possible. A thermoscanner for body temperature detection might also be used, in order to protect the safety of guests and staff.

Are archaeological parks and museums open?

In Sicily, regional sites, museums and archaeological parks have reopened respecting social-distancing guidelines and access with compulsory reservation on  youline.eu website.


Are adventure and amusement parks and public gardens open?

Public gardens, and adventure parks are getting ready to reopen in respect of social distancing and the absolute prohibition on gatherings of people. Water theme parks in Sicily will be closed for summer 2020.Public parks and playgrounds for children are instead accessible with the adequate preventive measures.


Are theaters and cinemas open?

Open-air theatres and cinemas are gradually reopenin as well as nightclubs and conference facilities for meetings  At the present time public and private meetings and events are allowed only if  they can comply with the distancing of the public.

Which activities and shops are currently open in Sicily?

Lots of businesses have reopened in Sicily. Shops of all kinds, malls and outlets, streets markets, exhibitions and hobby markets, craft activities and shops for the care of person as hairdressers, barber shops and beauty salons are open. Wellness centers and spas are also preparing for a safe reopening. Here too, one meter gap between people must always be respected, along with the obligation to wear the protective mask when social distancing is not possible.   Customers will be advised about the prevention measures in effect and about the required behaviors and will be provided with hand sanitizers. A thermoscanner for body temperature detection might also be used, in order to protect the safety of guests and staff.

Is public transport working regularly?

Extra-urban scheduled transport provides links within the Region with some reductions in rides. Public transport on all urban lines have reduced their rides too. It is therefore advisable to check the websites of the transport companies before traveling.
The urban line of public transport is also subject to a reduction of the runs, the service is guaranteed from 6.00 to 21.00. Therefore, you should always check the Companies websites before leaving.
Boats and ferries to the smaller Sicilian islands are regularly operating . We advise to check  the companies’ websites to be updated on their timetables.
To protect all passengers, it is required to collaborate by rigorously observing social distancing measures, use face masks and pay particularly attention to the ban on gatherings.

May I do sport activity in Sicily?

Yes,  outdoors and indoors sport activities  are allowed also in gyms, swimming pools  and sports clubs always respecting the two meters gap between people and the ban on public gatherings.

In case of troubles who can I turn to?

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.

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. This information is subject to constant changes in relation to the evolution of the international scenario. For more information on the availability of services, please contact the Companies  directly.


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