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Information Covid-19

Last updated: 09:51 CET, 01 October 2020

Booking Terms 2021

We are currently accepting reservations of new trips for the summer 2021. Until 25 days before the trip, the deposits are (1) fully refundable and (2) transferrable to a new date in the future if you choose to reschedule the trip. We will contact you 25-30 days before the trip to have your trip reconfirmed. If you booked a trip and you already know you cannot travel, please contact us – you can choose between a full refund and rescheduling to a new date. These booking terms apply regardless of whether the travel restrictions remain in force in Italy or in your country or in both countries. Same booking terms were in force at MONT Trekking for the trips scheduled for the summer 2020 when many our guests had to revise their travel plans.

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 the 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, the number of infected persons started to grow following the general trend being registered in Europe.

Actual Situation in Italy

As of October 1, 2020, the number of infected persons in Italy is 51.263 nationwide. Of them, 280 patients are in intensive care units, 3.047 patients are hospitalized with symptoms, 47.936 persons are in isolation at home without symptoms or with mild symptoms. Currently, the cases concentrate in the regions of Lombardy (Milan), Lazio (Rome) and the southern region of Campania (Naples). The Ministry of Health releases the statistics daily at http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/.

As of October 1, 2020, the number of infected persons in the Italian Alpine provinces is 567 in Trentino, 561 in South Tyrol, and 75 in Valle d’Aosta. The data is not available for the provinces of Belluno, Pordenone and Udine as their statistics is aggregated on the regional level, not per province.

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 Changes at Mountain Huts in 2020 for details.