Foreign travel advice

Italy

Summary

Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.

An earthquake of magnitude of 6.6 struck central Italy during the early hours of 30 October 2016. Some roads in the areas affected by strong or very strong tremors have been damaged or are being reserved for emergency vehicles. Before travelling to the affected areas, you should contact the relevant authorities in the Marche or Umbria regions and follow local advice. For more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the Italian Civil Protection website. See Natural Disasters

On 27 October 2016 there were 2 earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 and 6.1 near Visso in Macerata province in central Italy. Emergency teams are present and there are reports of extensive damage and road closures. Before travelling to the region, check local news reports and the Italian Civil Protection website for more information and advice.

Demonstrations may occur with little or no warning in cities. You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, or marches.

Approximately 3 million British nationals visit Italy every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you are visiting a ski resort you should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and  familiarise yourself with local skiing laws and regulations. See Winter Sports

If you’re planning to visit Rome for the Holy Year of Mercy (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016) see this information and advice issued by the British Embassy in Rome.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.