Information on Coronavirus in Tuscany

Answers to the most important questions for anyone travelling or planning to travel in Tuscany

Last update: 31 December 2021

What is the situation at the moment in Tuscany?

The situation in Tuscany is monitored constantly across the region and specific protocols are implemented in public places to protect everyone’s health. Tuscany is currently classified as a “white zone”, the tier with the least restrictions.

Remember that face protection must be worn indoors in public spaces and outdoors throughout Italy. FFP2 masks must be worn for certain activities and to use certain services.

Certain activities may only be carried out by those who hold the EU Digital Covid-19 certificate (or “green pass”). There are two types of certification for the over 12s in Italy: the basic green pass and the reinforced green pass (or super green pass).

The basic green pass certifies that a person has been vaccinated against Sars-Cov-2, that he/she has recovered from COVID-19 or that he/she has resulted negative to a rapid antigen test carried out in the last 48 hours or a PCR test in the last 72 hours. The reinforced green pass certifies one of the following conditions: having been vaccinated against COVID-19 or having recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.

From 1 February 2022, the duration of the vaccination green pass will be reduced from 9 to 6 months since the completion of the vaccination cycle or the booster dose.

Are the museums and attractions open?

Museums, cinemas, theatres and other cultural venues are open and operate according to specific protocols. Restaurants, bars and bakeries are also open and work according to specific guidelines.

The reinforced green pass is required to access certain activities and amenities, while the basic green pass is sufficient in other instances.

The basic green pass is required to stay in hotels and other accommodation, as well as to access ski slopes and ski lifts.

The reinforced green pass is required to access indoor bars and restaurants (also for eating/drinking at the counter), cinemas and theatres. As from 10 January 2022, the reinforced green pass will also be necessary to access museums and exhibitions, hotels and other accommodation, outdoor restaurants, wellness centres, pools and gyms, spas, theme and fun parks, cultural, social and recreational centres, games halls, receptions for civil and religious ceremonies, food festivals and fairs, trade fair centres and ski lifts. See the FAQ of the Italian Ministry of Health (in Italian) for more information.

Dance halls, nightclubs and similar premises are closed until January 31, 2022. Events, parties and concerts that could result in crowding outdoors are prohibited until January 31, 2022.

Are the region's access points open?

Ports, airports, stations and motorways are open and operational. Check the status of your flight on the flight company’s website.

Travellers can enter Italy and Tuscany from abroad, with the exception of countries that have special measures and restrictions in force. Check the applicable provisions based on your country of origin on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website and the Italian Ministry of Health website.

Before entering Italy, you are required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form and, in certain cases, to notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your arrival in Tuscany using this form.

Toscana Aeroporti implements Covid-safe measures to ensure access to services at Florence and Pisa Airports.

More useful information for travellers can be found at italia.it 

 

 

Using public transportation

Special measures are in place on public transport to guarantee physical distancing and intensified cleaning.

The basic green pass is required on local, regional and interregional public transportation (flights, Intercity, Intercity Notte and high-speed trains, interregional buses and ferries). As from 10 January, the reinforced green pass will be required on all public transportation. 

FFP2 masks must be worn on all public transportation.

For up-to-date information, we recommend that you visit the Region’s official website with real-time updates on the public transport situation: regione.toscana.it/speciali/muoversi-in-toscana

 

What precautions has the Tuscany health system taken to protect residents and visitors?

The Tuscany Region ensures continuous reporting to the Italian and regional health authorities in order to provide constant updates regarding operational instructions and guidelines set out at a national level.

The situation is monitored constantly by the local health authorities that guarantee health controls in Tuscany through specific preventive measures. Daily disinfection of regional trains and all local public transport has been intensified. In Tuscany’s airports, public spaces are being sanitized on a regular basis and hand sanitizer dispensers are available across the terminals.

In Tuscany, you can take a Covid-19 test (rapid antigen and PCR tests) without a prescription on a payment basis at private clinics and in some pharmacies based on regional provisions.

In Tuscany, a protocol has been introduced for hotels, accommodation, restaurants and other companies in the tourism sector, which is aimed at guaranteeing the best safety conditions for Covid-19. In addition to the legal obligations and clearly displayed information, companies that participate in the #toscanapiusicura campaign pledge to inform clients about the services provided by the regional health system and all the additional precautions that the company has adopted to ensure a safe stay. Details about these measures and the services provided can be found here: https://www.toscanapiusicura.com/

Tuscany, like the rest of Italy, possesses one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world. Tuscany guarantees to all non-Italians currently in the region the same healthcare that it offers to its citizens: universal, public and free to all.

Once I’m in Tuscany, who can I contact in case of emergency?

In Tuscany you can get in contact with the health authorities by calling the 24/7 public freephone number set up by the Ministry of Health: 1500
For information, orientation and details about Covid-19, phone 055 4385850 from Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. Calls will be answered by trained operators.
If you are a Tour Operator and would like to receive information about the destination, write to info@valdichianaliving.it

Once in the Valdichiana Senese is it possible to take a serological test?

Yes, it is possible to do it at the Terme di Chianciano Lab. The cost of the exam is 25.00€. Reservations are required calling at 0578/68321 or by email at labterme@termechianciano.it.  The exam must be prescribed by your personal doctor and it is necessary to provide his/her email at the moment of the reservation in order to send him/her the results.

To carry out the examination it is necessary:
- not having had direct contact with people with Covid-19 infection in the past 14 days;
- not having had contact with people in quarantine in the last 14 days;
- Do not have and have not had, in the last 14 days, cough, breathing difficulties, fever above 37.5 ° C or flu syndrome.

Are the thermal baths of the Valdichiana Senese opened? 

Yes, the thermal bath of Valdichiana Senese (Terme di Montepulciano, Terme di Chianciano and Fonteverde Spa) are equipped with an internal medical facility and are therefore regularly open.

- The Terme di Montepulciano guarantee all services falling within the essential levels of assistance. All the info on www.termedimontepulciano.it

- The Terme di Chianciano Terme, on the basis of current regulations, guarantee the use of the following services and are therefore open: the "Sillene" establishment for thermal treatments (muds and therapeutic baths for arthrheumatic diseases, muds and baths for liver diseases, baths treatments for vascular diseases) rehabilitation and specialist visits; the “Acqua Santa” Park for hydropinic treatment, the Analysis laboratory for normal activity and for Covid-19 tests and swabs. The Sensory Hall and Theia Thermal Pools are temporarily closed. All the info on www.termechianciano.it

- Fonteverde Spa is regularly open with all active services. All the info on www.fonteverdespa.com

What should I do to ensure I have a safe trip?

- Here are some straightforward rules to help contain infection from Coronavirus;
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based gel;
- Avoid close contact with people, keeping a distance of at least 1.8 metres;
- Do not shake hands or hug until the emergency has subsided;
- Do not touch your mouth, eyes or/and nose with your hands;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you sneeze or cough, or sneeze or cough into the inner fold of your elbow;
- If you have flu-like symptoms, do not go to the hospital emergency room or to a doctor’s surgery; call the freephone number 1500;
- Clean surfaces with chlorine- or alcohol-based disinfectants;
- Use face protection during all social contact;
- Do not share bottles and glasses, especially during exercising;
- Do not take antiviral medication or antibiotics unless prescribed by a doctor;
- MADE IN CHINA products and packages from China are not hazardous;
- Pets do not spread the new Coronavirus. It is always good practice to wash your hands after being in contact with animals;

How can I stay updated as the situation develops?

Tuscany Region has activated a special section on its website where you can find all information and updates, from health ordinances to logistical changes: regione.toscana.it/-/coronavirus

Check out the data and statistics related to the administration of vaccines in Italy on the Italian government website.

Legislative changes may occur suddenly due to the ongoing health emergency. This page will be updated constantly.

 

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