Italy Travel Vaccines and Advice
By mentioning the name of Italy, a lot of things immediately come to mind: cities of art rich in architectural heritage, internationally renowned culinary traditions, a fascinating culture like the famous carnival of Venice and a great diversity of landscapes. From the ancient city of Rome to Florence via Venice, Naples, Siena and Tuscany, this country will leave you speechless thanks to its architectural and natural wonders. Whether you are fond of old stones or nature lovers, you will find your happiness here. You can discover a three-thousand-year-old history through the visit of many monumental and archaeological sites. You can relax on one of the wonderful Italian beaches or stroll along the beautiful green lands of Umbria. Let yourself be guided by whatever you desire.
Recommended travel vaccinations for Italy
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids|
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Italy
|Acetazolamide or Dexamethasone||Recommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness|
|Azithromycin or Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
Current Weather in Italy
Medical Care in Italy
The distribution of medical services is unequal in Italy. Large cities have many choices, whilst access to health care is difficult in remote areas. Many hospitals and clinics have been forced to close due to a shortage of equipment and medical staff, and lack of investment. Although the costs are high, travelers should seek treatment at private Italian hospitals or clinics. National Health charges an all-inclusive fee which encompasses consultations, accommodation and drugs.
In order to phone for an ambulance and first aid, dial 112. You can also go directly to an emergency medical room at your nearest hospital.
Is Italy Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Scams||Beware on the highway, in public transportation terminals and when others offer to help with flat tires|
|On the road||Theft from vehicles is common (rental cars are common targets);Avoid carrying handbags if possible|
|On public transportation||Beware of robbery on trains or public transits|
|Spiked food and drinks||Never leave anything unattended|
|Demonstrations and strikes||Risk of violence;|
|Fraud||Stay cautions when using debit or credit cards|
|Road safety||Road conditions are varied; Caution required in general|
|Public transportation||Only use officially licensed taxis;Bus, metro and tram tickets are purchased in advance; Rail and ferry services are available|
|Mountain activities||Click the link below for precautions|
|Migrants and refugees||Disruptions of transportation services since the increase in refugees and migrants|
|Health||Chikungunya and Measles in Europe|
|Risk level||Normal security precautions|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Italy?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Only a passport is required to enter Italy for trips under 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of departure.
Please note that Italy is a part of the Schengen area, which allows crossing its countries borders’ freely. However, all the countries within the Schengen Area are restrained to a cumulative stay of a maximum of 90 days per period of 180 days. Longer trips will require a visa.
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Embassy of Canada to Italy information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian Embassy to Italy (ROME)
Via Zara 30,
Rome 00198, Italy
Tel.: +39 06-85444-1
Fax: +39 06-440304-8
Email: consu[email protected]
Canadian Consulate to Italy (MILAN)
3, Piazza Cavour, 6th floor,
20121 Milan, Italy
Tel.: 39 02 6269-4238
Fax: 39 2901-3600
Email: [email protected]