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Actual Situation and Booking Terms 2021

Last updated: 08:07 CET, 12 November 2020

Booking Terms 2021

At MONT Trekking, we recognize the current uncertainty of the travel conditions in 2021, and we are applying eased booking and cancellation terms for the 2021 trips. Until 25 days before the trip, your deposit is (1) fully refundable and (2) transferrable to a new date in the future if you choose to reschedule your trip. In the 2020, we applied these terms to the 2020 trips confirmed both before Covid-19 (retroactively) and during Covid-19.

These booking terms apply regardless of whether the travel restrictions remain in force in Italy or in your country or in both countries.

We will contact you 25-30 days before your trip to know whether your travel plans remain unchanged. If you booked a trip and you already know that you cannot travel, please contact us – you can choose between a full refund and rescheduling to a new date.

Development of the Situation in Italy in 2020

Italy introduced quarantine at the beginning of March 2020 and started to ease it on May 11 following the continuing normalization of the situation both in the country and in Europe overall. Inside the country, the situation was brought back to normal in most aspects of life by June. Travel restrictions inside the country were lifted on June 3. In the first week of August, the number of infected persons nationwide decreased to the 2020 minimum of 12.500. Later in August 2020, the number of infected persons started to grow following the general trend being registered in Europe.

Actual Situation in Italy

A steep increase in the number of infected persons was registered in Italy and other European countries in the second half of October. On November 03, 2020, a governmental degree partly reintroduced restrictive measures in several regions of the country. The degree identified 3 levels of risk and thus 3 levels of restrictive measures, and it categorized the regions and provinces accordingly. The actual status of the regions and provinces is reported by the Ministry of Health at Covid-19 Situazione in Italia (the most recent information with details per region and province is available in Italian only). The regions are categorized as “red” (most restrictive measures), “orange”, and “yellow” (least restrictive measures).

In English, the Ministry of Health releases the updates and statistics at http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/.

Borders

On June 3, 2020, Italy reopened the borders to travelers arriving from the EU countries, Schengen area countries and the UK. The borders have remained open to the residents of these countries since then.

Italy aligns its entry policy with the European Union to a large extent. On June 30, 2020, the Council of the European Union adopted its first recommendation on the gradual lifting of the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Based on this recommendation, the EU member states can lift the travel restrictions for residents of a limited number of countries. Currently, the following countries are in the list:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

The EU Council scheduled the list of countries to be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis. However, the most recent review dates to August 7, 2020. Countries may be added to the list or removed from it based on the actual epidemiological situation. The recommendations describe the criteria to determine countries for which the travel restrictions should be lifted. The EU Council press releases with the recommendations and criteria are available on the official website of the EU Council:

Lodging Establishments

In 2020, hotels and huts opened in June as planned or with a minor delay versus their normal opening dates. A small number of privately owned huts remained closed during the entire summer 2020. We contacted our guests with reservations at those huts and offered alternative solutions. New regulations have been established for mountain huts as a result of Covid-19. Please visit Covid-19: What Changed in Mountain Huts in 2020 for details.

As of November 12, 2020, all huts along our itineraries are scheduled to open for the summer 2021. The opening terms may be affected by possible new regulation and other factors. We will keep our guests informed of the changes if any.