Coronavirus in Italy: Is it safe to travel to Italy? Are there still flights?

Italy is currently suffering the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe. The nation is also the second-worst COVID-19 hit country in the world behind China.

Is it safe to travel to Italy?

Coronavirus cases in Italy have now exceeded 10,000, and British nationals are currently being advised not to travel to Italy.

In the country 631 people infected with COVID-19 have died as of March 11.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise “against all but essential travel to Italy” as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

This is in-line with the advice of the Italian authorities, who are currently advising against all travel for tourism purposes.


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What if you are already in Italy?

According to the FCO, British nationals are still “able to depart Italy without restriction”.

As the Italian authorities are advising against travel for tourism, they advise tourists already in Italy should end their travel and return to where they live.

Across Italy, a number of tourist attractions such as museums and landmarks have been closed.

Schools and universities are also closed until April 3.

Airports across the country remain open, but flight schedules are disrupted.

If you are returning from Italy, it’s important to follow the advice of the Department of Health and Social Care, which you can find HERE. 

If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus while in Italy, call Italy’s 112 emergency number.


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Are there still flights running?

The FCO advise all remaining British tourists in Italy travel back to the UK as soon as possible.

The FCO advice reads: “Airline schedules are subject to change and some flights are being cancelled.

“We therefore advise all remaining British tourists in Italy to contact their airline operators to arrange return to the UK as soon as possible.”

The FCO advises travellers currently in Italy to check their flight details with their airlines.

Easyjet has cancelled all flights to Italy until April 3.

British Airways and Ryanair have also cancelled all flights until next month.

After Flybe’s collapse earlier this month, all flights from the airline have also been cancelled.

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