All other U.S. travelers will be required to complete a 10-day quarantine followed by another negative COVID test. For return travel to the United States, all travelers will again be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results within three days of entering the country.
Regarding specifically wedding attendance, according to the most recent protocols of the Italian Technical Scientific Committee (CTS), all travelers attending weddings must have a “green pass”, which certifies that the person is vaccinated, s ‘is recovered from COVID within 3 months. before the trip, or has a negative PCR test result 48 hours before the wedding. The EU is also expected to launch a COVID-19 digital certificate on July 1.
Birthistle adds that currently marriage agencies or vendors are required to have a COVID manager in place for every 50 people to ensure green passes or negative COVID tests are verified. She also predicts that official mask-wearing and social distancing rules could be relaxed by September as vaccination rates rise.
Overall, Jan Bucher, Managing Director of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, feels optimistic about the current restrictions, a sentiment that is shared by local suppliers. “The vaccination campaign in Italy is advancing rapidly and the situation is improving day by day,” he said. “We believe that many of the international restrictions are going to end in the next two or three months: it may sound optimistic, but the same opinion of governments and healthcare facilities, so we want to live up to their expectations. “
Guide guests through all guidelines
Once couples are ready to send in their Save the Dates, it is important that they include all the information their guests should keep in mind when traveling to Italy in order to comply with most national and local guidelines. recent for wedding guests from America.
“It’s been a long time since no one has traveled in most cases,” says Birthistle. “Maybe people just need a little bit of hand in hand and walk them through what is needed and how to do it. I think from the point of view of the bride and groom and their guests it is really important to give all this information. “
Ward notes that it’s also important to check the U.S. Department of State’s website to stay current with any travel advisories. “We expect that will change very soon, but at the moment there is a Level 4 travel advisory for Italy and they recommend Americans avoid all non-essential travel to Italy at this time, ”she said.
Check COVID clauses in contracts
Many suppliers in Italy, like those elsewhere, have included COVID clauses in contracts that set out terms and conditions for the pandemic, adding updates to their force majeure, date change and liability clauses. However, Birthistle notes that such clauses are the property of individual providers, so it’s important that couples check them in advance and learn the details.
“Many couples are prioritizing providers who have policies in place that would allow them to defer without rescheduling charges, which was rarely a priority before the pandemic,” echoes Ward. “My best advice is to practice clear communication and set realistic expectations with all of your suppliers from day one. Make sure you understand what their cancellation and postponement policies are at the start of their reservation. Plus, if you need clarification or want to add something to a contract, it never hurts to ask. “
Bucher also recommends checking whether suppliers have reviews online and selecting those that are reputable, professional, and up to date on the latest guidelines. “Italy’s economy is mainly based on small businesses, so it was difficult for those who worked in destinations appreciated and significantly supported by foreigners. The current situation was, paradoxically, an opportunity to be smarter and more creative in promoting their services: many companies have become more digitally oriented, ”he says. “When deciding who to work with, we suggest that you seek out honest opinions and reviews about the quality of their work and check their ability to adapt to change and unexpected last minute issues.”