Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the globe. There are several things you need to take into account when you travel there, some generally useful and others specific to Italy itself. Here are three tips for traveling to Italy.

1. Understand Entry and Exit Rules

Understanding the rules and safety measures in place for entering a foreign country and then leaving it and reentering your home country is essential for travel abroad. Michael Canzian and other experienced travelers recommend checking Italy’s entry requirements well ahead of your trip so you can give yourself enough time to complete the requirements before you depart. Typically, American citizens visiting Italy need only their passports, not travel visas. Americans are also required to go through customs on their return from foreign countries. During the Covid-19 pandemic, you should also be prepared to fill out traveler locator forms and provide evidence of either Covid-19 recovery or full vaccination status at least two weeks prior to your visit. You may also need to be tested for Covid-19 before returning to the US. Remember, health precautions and regulations are continually in flux, so you should check for changes frequently in the lead up to your trip.

2. Plan Ahead

Due to the popularity of many Italian tourist sites, they can become too crowded for you to enjoy your visits or timed tickets may be sold out before you have a chance to purchase them the day of your visit. If you plan ahead, you’ll know the best times and days to visit popular areas and you’ll also be able to purchase timed tickets for many tourist sites and attractions well in advance, ensuring your ability to visit. Creating an itinerary can also ensure you see and do everything you wish to in a timely and enjoyable manner.

3. Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is always a good idea, but it’s especially important to have now. A trip may need to be canceled or rescheduled for a number of reasons, from tightening pandemic travel restrictions to you experiencing an injury that will prevent you from traveling. No matter the reason, you want to make sure you won’t lose your trip investment. There is also travelers’ health insurance available if you feel that’s something you may need.

Just like with any other destination and type of travel, your main goal should be to be able to safely enjoy your trip. Following these tips in conjunction with other safety and preparedness measures can help you achieve that goal, whether you travel to Italy or elsewhere.

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