Travel to Italy & Slovenia: What you need to know!

Updated 23rd June 2023

All the information we provide is accurate at the time of posting but please remember that country requirements and regulations can (and do) change at any time. For the latest travel requirements to Italy, please go to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy and for Slovenia, go to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovenia

Cyclist climbing in the Italian Dolomites on Marmot Tours road cycling holiday
The truly jaw-dropping scenery of the Italian Dolomites

Leisure travel between Italy, Slovenia and the UK is straightforward for fully-vaccinated travellers and we have a whole host of great cycling holidays on offer in Italy and Slovenia in 2022! 

Travel abroad since the pandemic is different than it was so it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the travel requirements in both your destination and home country. There is some good advice for travellers on the ABTA website.

This page summarises our understanding of the current entry requirements, paperwork, and testing for travel to Italy, Slovenia and back to the UK. If you are coming on holiday with us from another country, please do ensure you familiarise yourself with your own country re-entry requirements.

Travel Insurance

As always, we require that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your European road cycling holiday with us. Most insurance providers are now including COVID-19 in their cover. However, you should check your policy carefully to ensure that it meets your specific needs in relation to accident, injury & medical care, cancellation or delay due to COVID-19 infection, or possible self-isolation requirement either in your home country, Italy or Slovenia.

Entry to Italy

As of 1 June, COVID-19 restrictions on entering Italy have been lifted. This means you do not need to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or a COVID-19 recovery certificate to enter, regardless of your vaccination status. You no longer need to complete a passenger locator form (EU PLF) either.

Entry to Slovenia

If you are coming on our Slovenia & Monte Zoncolan road cycling holiday, you will be flying into Venice Marco Polo airport in Italy and crossing the border into Slovenia by land on one of our airport transfers. Like Italy, there are no longer any COVID-19 restrictions on entering Slovenia. This means you do not need to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or a COVID-19 recovery certificate to enter, regardless of your vaccination status. You no longer need to complete a passenger locator form (EU PLF) either.

This itinerary also takes you into Austria for one night. The entry requirements for Austria are the same as for Italy and Slovenia, regardless of your vaccination status. For the latest travel requirements to Austria, go to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria

Cyclist climbing Monte Zoncolan on Italian road cycling holiday
The mighty Monte Zoncolan

While in Italy

In Italy, until at least 30 September, it is compulsory to wear FFP2 masks on pubic transport (but not in taxis), in all indoor public spaces and in healthcare settings. You must carry a mask with you at all times. Our guides may still ask you to wear a face mask when in the Marmot vans. Please also use hand sanitiser whenever you get into the van.

There is no requirement to wear a mask on flights into Italy.

If you are unlucky enough to have to visit a doctor or hospital, you will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination to access these services. A ‘Green Pass’ (also known as an EU digital COVID certificate) certifies vaccination, recovery or negative test result. Italy will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record as the equivalent to their ‘Green Pass’ as long as it is in the form of a verifiable QR code.

While in Slovenia

You are no longer required to wear a mask in public areas, including public transport. Masks remain recommended in enclosed spaces and must continue to be worn in healthcare settings.

In the unfortunate event that you will need to visit a doctor or hospital, you will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination to access these services. Slovenia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. The Slovene government recognises vaccination certificates which conform to the EU Digital Covid Status Certification framework, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority.

While in Austria

Outside of Vienna, you are no longer required to wear a mask in shops, bars or restaurants. Masks remain mandatory in pharmacies, in healthcare facilities and on public transport.

In the unlikely event that you develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 while in Italy, Slovenia or Austria, you will need to contact the regional health authorities for guidance. You may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may also need to seek treatment in that country. We will assist you in making necessary arrangements if we can but any additional costs will need to be covered by yourself or your travel insurance. 

The UK government advises that you plan ahead and make sure you:
• can access money
• understand what your insurance will cover
• can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned.

For some details of how your trip will run, please read our webpage COVID-19 & Your Holiday.

Returning to your home country

There are currently no COVID-19-related travel restrictions for entering the UK! 

If you are not a UK resident, please do check the entry requirements of your home country for those returning from Italy and Slovenia.