Can You Finally Have Your Dream Wedding in Italy? Here’s What You Need to Know
All other American travelers will have to complete a 10-day quarantine followed by another negative COVID test. For return trips back to the U.S., all travelers will again need to provide negative COVID-19 test results from within three days of entrance into the country.
As for wedding attendance specifically, according to the most recent protocols from the Italian Technical Scientific Committee (CTS), all travelers attending weddings must have a “green pass,” which certifies that the person is vaccinated, has recovered from COVID in the 3 months preceding the trip, or has a negative PCR test result 48 hours before the wedding. The E.U. is also expected to launch a digital COVID-19 certificate on July 1.
Birthistle adds that currently wedding agencies or vendors are required to have a COVID manager in place for every 50 people in order to ensure green passes or negative COVID tests are being checked. She also predicts that official mask-wearing and social distancing rules may be more relaxed by September as rates of vaccination increase.
Overall, Jan Bucher, general manager of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, is feeling optimistic about current restrictions, a sentiment that is echoed among local vendors. “The vaccination campaign in Italy is moving quickly and the situation is getting better each day,” he says. “Our thought is that many of the international restrictions are going to end in the next two or three months: it can perhaps sound optimistic, but it’s the same opinion of governments and health institutions so we want to adhere to their expectations.”
Guide guests on all guidelines
Once couples are ready to send out their Save the Dates, it’s important that they include all information that their guests should keep in mind when traveling to Italy in order to adhere to the most recent national and local guidelines for wedding guests coming from America.
“It’s been a long time since anybody’s traveled in most cases,” Birthistle says. “People maybe just need a bit of hand holding and guiding through what’s required and actually how to do it. I think from the point of view of wedding couples and their guests just giving all of that information is really important.”
Ward notes that it is also important to check the U.S. Department of State website to stay abreast of any travel advisories. “We anticipate this will change very soon but at the moment there is a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Italy and they are recommending that Americans avoid any nonessential travel to Italy at this time,” she says.
Check for COVID clauses in contracts
Many vendors in Italy, like those elsewhere, have included COVID clauses in contracts that set terms and conditions relating to the pandemic, adding updates to their force majeure, date change, and liability clauses. However, Birthistle notes that such clauses are up to individual vendors, so it is important for couples to check ahead of time for them and learn specifics.
“Many couples are prioritizing vendors who have policies in place that would allow them to postpone without rescheduling fees, something that was rarely top-of-mind pre-pandemic,” echoes Ward. “My best piece of advice is to practice clear communication and establish realistic expectations with all of your vendors from day one. Make sure you understand what their policies are for cancellation and postponements at the onset of booking them. Plus, if you need clarification or want something added to a contract, it never hurts to ask.”
Bucher also recommends checking to see if vendors have online reviews and selecting ones that are renowned, professional, and up-to-date on the latest guidelines. “The economy of Italy is based mainly on small businesses, so it was hard for those working in destinations loved and sustained significantly by foreigners. The current situation was, paradoxically, an opportunity to be smarter and more creative in promoting their services: many businesses became more digital-oriented,” he says. “When choosing who to collaborate with, our suggestion is to look for honest opinions and reviews on the quality of their work and check their ability to adapt to change and last-minute unexpected issues.”
Published at Sat, 29 May 2021 14:00:00 +0000