flying restrictions from Italy outbound

Travel Forums General Talk flying restrictions from Italy outbound

1. Posted by Giugi77 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hallo everybody.
As some of you may know, the Italian government has imposed restrictions on its citizens to fly to many countries abroad despite the fact that these destinations are open to tourists (that is to say, a good deal of places in Latin America and Eastern Africa, which are those I'm interested in).
To my knowldege, I understand that other european countries do not apply such strict measures, so I've been considering leaving from outside Italy, but I would like to ask those of you - Italians or not - who travelled abroad from which countries they departed and if they encountered any sort of trouble from authorities or the likes.
I hope this is clear..
Thanks,
Giulia
:)

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3498 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

You don't say exactly what restrictions Italy has imposed on its citizens. Is it advising its citizens against travel to some countries (with e.g. quarantine on return) or is it actively against the law for Italian citizens to travel to some countries?

>I would like to ask those of you - Italians or not - who travelled abroad from which countries they departed and if they encountered any sort of trouble from authorities or the likes.

Your question can only be answered by Italian citizens. Each country has its own Covid-related restrictions and laws. The experiences of other citizens who depart from or return to their own country are not relevant to Italian citizens departing from or returning to Italy.

>I understand that other european countries do not apply such strict measures,

At first, the UK (and other countries) applied equally strict measures. For a while in the UK it was against the law to travel anywhere abroad except for a few, very specific reasons. Later, all countries were listed as red, amber and green according to their Covid risk. Travellers could legally depart from the UK to any country but on their return from 'red list' countries all (UK and every other citizenship) were required state-enforced hotel quarantine which cost almost £2000 (roughly 2500 euro) per person. Other restrictions applied to amber and green list countries. The red/amber/green listing of countries and restrictions has only very recently been lifted.

The UK government may...and does... advise against all travel to any country, and not just for Covid-related reasons. Many other governments do the same thing. Citizens can still travel to such a country but, usually, their travel and travel health insurance will not be valid.

If the Italian government is advising its citizens not to travel to certain countries you should make absolutely certain that your travel and health insurance will still cover you. Travelling without appropriate health insurance is madness.

3. Posted by Giugi77 (Budding Member 3 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi leics2
thanks for replying; I understand my post was a bit vague.
Basically, people cannot depart from Italian airports to most destinations worldwide (that means extra-UE) unless they have a recognised purpose to do so - and tourism is no such case. So somebody bypasses this obstacle by leaving from EU countries allowing people to reach such destinations.
Many depart from Spain, especially when heading for Latin America. So I wrote the post hoping to get some feedback from people who travelled or are going to via these intermediate locations.
As for travel and travel health insurance, I agree with you: I'd never set out on a trip without a proper one; that alone deserves a thorough research to avoid serious problems.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3498 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

If the Italian government has banned its citizens from travelling to most non-EU countries I suspect you may have issues with getting valid insurance even if you depart from another country.

I doubt airlines or border officials in another EU country have any interest in questioning or preventing an Italian citizen from flying out for tourist purposes but, unless an Italian citizen who has done that very recently posts on this thread, there is no way of knowing for certain.

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