The Situation on the Ground on Lipari and the Aeolian islands
Last update: 18 May, 2020
The Italian government has announced Phase 2 of Italy’s lockdown, that will begin on 4 May and marks the gradual reopening of the economy and return to freedom of movement for residents.
Travel between regions is forbidden (except in cases of necessity for reasons of health, work, or return to one’s residence or domicile) until after 1 June and the requirement to carry an “autocertificazione”, or pass, remains. Shops, bars and restaurants, hairdressers and barbers, and beauticians can reopen from 18 May, though bars and restaurants are already offering takeaway.
On Aeolian islands, many businesses have delayed opening for the season until 1 June or a later date still to be decided. We do know that travel this summer will not be like past seasons: there are very few flights in and out of the country and there will be strict social distancing measures imposed through the season.
Our local administration is considering measures to guarantee safety for those who embark on the Aeolian islands, including health checks and COVID-19 tests at the port. It is unclear at this time if travelers flying into the country will be required to undergo a period of quarantine after taking a flight. It is unlikely that travel will resume in May, and June also looks uncertain.
There may be a chance of travel opening up in July and August, though it is early to say.
Those of you who have already booked holidays for the next few months and have paid deposits should contact your hotel to request a voucher to be used for a future trip, which is the best way to support our local economy and help our hotels survive the summer of 2020.
Here you can download the fillable self-declaration form for travel – version of 4 May 2020 (only italian)
Timetables from 18 May 2020
Siremar ticket office in Milazzo: +390909283415
NGI ticket office in Milazzo: +390909283415
Covid-19 on Lipari and the Aeolian islands FAQ
Why are there so many cases in Italy?
There are many possible answers to this question, but the one certainty is that Italy has been very proactive in immediately testing suspected cases and their social contacts free of charge, and making all data public to best isolate and slow the spread of the virus. Not all countries have been as aggressive nor as transparent in their handling of the outbreak.
Should I cancel my trip to Italy?
Flights between the USA and Europe have been grounded until 30 May.
For those planning to visit Italy in June, we recommend keeping an eye on how the situation evolves over the next few weeks and checking with hotels, tours, service providers, and travel agencies you’ve booked with to see how their cancellation policies work. Most businesses that work with travel and tourism are doing their best to be flexible and offer free cancellations, modifications, and voucher credit for those who need to reschedule their trips.
What happens if I get sick in Italy?
Italy has universal national health care, free for everyone. In some cases, there may be a small copay for services (rarely above a few hundred euro), depending upon the care needed, but no one in Italy, resident or visitor, can be denied health care. If you believe you may have contracted Covid-19, DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL or you may unwittingly spread the virus to others. Simply call the emergency numbers 1500 or 112 for assistance and information on how to proceed. Regardless, as for all travel, we suggest stipulating a travel insurance policy that covers health care and cancellations before departure.