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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.

In addition to this travel advice, view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Milan Linate airport will be closed from 27 July to 27 October 2019 for improvement work. The most convenient airports for Milan and the surrounding areas during this time will be Milan Malpensa and Bergamo Orio al Serio.

Approximately 3 million British nationals visit Italy every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Due to Mount Etna’s recent volcanic eruption, a series of earthquakes and earth tremors are affecting the Catania area and the eastern part of the island of Sicily. For more details, see the National Centre for Earthquakes’ website (in Italian). This seismic activity is expected to continue until the volcanic activity subsides. Local authorities are monitoring the situation and providing updates via their website (in Italian). If you intend to travel to affected areas, you should follow their advice. You should also check the Catania Airport website for flight updates before travel.

On Tuesday 14 August 2018, a section of the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed. The Morandi bridge connects the A10 motorway towards the south of France and the A7 motorway to Milan. It also connects major ports. Extensive disruption to road traffic in the area should be expected. You should check with your tour operator, cruise ship company or airline for updates before travelling, and allow additional time when travelling to Genoa airport.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Italy. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism

Forest fires are a risk during the extended summer months. Forest fires are highly dangerous and unpredictable; check with local authorities if you’re considering travelling to affected areas. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services. You can also visit the website of the Civil Protection Department.

If you’re visiting a ski resort, you should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and familiarise yourself with local skiing laws and regulations. For more information about the avalanche risk, visit the European Avalanche Warning Service website. See Safety and security.

Since 14 August 2018, there have been a number of localised earthquakes in the Molise region of Italy, near the town of Montecilfone. Several strong earthquakes were felt in central Italy in 2016, 2017 and 2018. For more information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the Italian Civil Protection website.

For severe weather warnings, visit the European Meteorological Services website

Demonstrations may occur with little or no warning in cities. You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, or marches.

If you’re living in or moving to Italy, visit our Living in Italy guide in addition to this travel advice.

If you’re travelling to Italy to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Italy after EU Exit.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 112 (police), 118 (ambulance) or 115 (fire).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. For information on the European Health Insurance Card see Health.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Euro (EUR)
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Dialling Code: 39
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 46,119,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
Italian (official language) 95%
English 24%

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Population: 2,777,979 (in 2011-09)
Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: 12.5

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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