Is Italy safe? Latest travel advice as Brits warned to avoid ALL travel to northern Italy due to coronavirus

BRITISH holidaymakers have been warned to avoid ALL travel to northern Italy as coronavirus cases continue to soar and regions are being locked down.

As cases of coronavirus exceed 7,300 – making it the country with the third-highest number of infections outside of mainland China – here is the latest travel advice if you are plan on travelling to Italy anytime soon.

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What is the travel advice for Italy?

The UK government has updated their travel advice, warning against all travel to the north of the country which includes Venice and Milan, as the regions containing 16 million people are locked down.

The Foreign Office state: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the following areas in northern Italy, due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and various control and isolation measures imposed by the Italian authorities on 8 March."

"Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo, Como) and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna); Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche); Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte); Padova. Treviso and Venice (in Veneto)."

They also add: "British nationals remain able to depart Italy without restriction.

"Entry into and exit from these areas is forbidden without official permission on the grounds of strict necessity; the authorities have confirmed to us that this will be granted for reasons such as medical need or work requirements. Travellers should check flight details with airlines."

All museums, attractions and sporting events have been been closed, along with schools and universities, while restaurants and bars will only stay open until 6pm.

Tourists returning to the UK are advised to self-quarantine even if without coronavirus symptoms if they have travelled to the locked down regions, and to self-quarantine if displaying symptoms if returning from the rest of Italy.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a Level 3 warning, recommending all but non-essential to Italy.



Can I cancel my holiday to Italy?

If you are flying to one of the regions which is advised against all travel, than you should receive a refund from your airline.

However, the latest advice from the government has caused confusion for travellers with flights and holidays booked to the regions, with the advice to get in touch with the airline or tour operator.

EasyJet explained on Twitter that they were "reviewing" their flights to Milan and Venice and that a number of flights would be cancelled today.

British Airways are allowing passengers who have holidays to Venice, Milan or Bergamo up until April 4 to get a full refund, while holidays to Turin, Bologna and Verona up until April 4 can be rebooked for free until May 31.

A spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "Following the change to the UK Government travel advice for Northern Italy, we are reviewing our schedule, and have contacted all customers who are due to travel today.

"We are also offering customers booked to fly before April 2, the option to change their booking up to another date up to the end of May, or to fly via Zurich or Geneva instead."

Ryanair are yet to update their travel advice.

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