Reconsider travel to Italy due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19.
Improved conditions have been reported within Italy. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Italy.
Italy has a longstanding risk presented by terrorist groups, who continue plotting possible attacks in Italy. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.
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If you decide to travel to Italy:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.
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