Sardinia has so far been spared a major outbreak of the corona pandemic. Sardinia has benefited not only from its island status, but also from the strict lockdown imposed on the whole of Italy, which has also included the least affected regions such as Sardinia. Thus, after the lockdown, the infection levels dropped almost to zero, so that in early summer the pandemic in Sardinia practically came to a standstill.
As was to be expected, the number of infections rose again in the course of the summer as a result of the opening of the island to tourism. Particularly in the week of the "Ferragosto" on 15 August, the most important holiday week for Italians, there were infections in the internationally famous discotheques in Porto Cervo, which at that time were full to bursting with mainly younger scene audiences. The Sardinian health authorities intervened quickly, the discotheques were closed and in some cases mass tests were carried out, which resulted in high rates of new infections. In the meantime, new infections have stabilised, albeit at a higher level than before the holiday season - when Sardinia was almost Covid-free.
Nevertheless, the infection rates in Sardinia are still far below the level considered a risk area. For example, the 7-day incidence in Sardinia on 17 September 2020 was about 19.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Areas with a 7-day incidence of 50 new infections or more per 100,000 inhabitants are considered risk areas.
The decree of the Sardinian Regional Government requiring all persons entering the country to show a negative covid test was annulled by an administrative court on 17 September 2020. The Italian national government had lodged an objection to that regulation. There is therefore no longer a test requirement on entry into Sardinia.
The current situation of virus development in Sardinia
Here you will find the daily updated figures on the virus development in Sardinia. The website is in Italian language but here is a short explanation:
- the orange number "Contagiati Sardegna" in the upper third of the page indicates the total number of persons who have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic in Sardinia
- the black number "Casi attivi Sardegna" indicates the total number of persons currently still infected in Sardinia (in domestic quarantine or inpatient treatment)
- the red number "Morti Sardegna" indicates the total number of persons who have died in connection with the Coranavirus in Sardinia since the beginning of the pandemic
- the green number 'Guariti Sardegna' means the total number of persons recovered from the virus in Sardinia
In the lower part of the page you will also find graphical presentations of the virus development in Sardinia. Thanks to the retention of the colour differences, it is easy to understand even if you do not speak Italian.
Just to give a clear idea of these figures: Sardinia has about 1.6 million inhabitants. In terms of population, Sardinia is thus roughly comparable with the federal state of Hamburg or the canton of Zurich.
Restrictions and requirements in Sardinia
The lockdown was lifted on 18 May and shops and services have been open again since that date. Since 3 June, it has been possible to enter and leave Sardinia again (see below).
Similar to most other European contries, Sardinia is also subject to social distance rules and hygiene regulations with all the associated consequences: restaurants, for example, have to reduce the number of tables in order to provide sufficient space. Beach bathing establishments must set up sunbeds and parasols according to specified minimum distances and disinfect them at certain intervals. On highly frequented beaches, the number of possible visitors per day is limited in order to avoid overcrowding. Mass events like concerts etc. do not take place. The distance/hygiene rules affect many areas and it can be assumed that these will apply throughout the season and of course all holidaymakers must behave according to these rules.
In Sardinia it is compulsory to wear face mask in all closed public areas, for example in supermarkets, banks, post offices, public transport, taxis etc. Outdoors, masks are compulsory whenever a minimum distance of one meter to other people cannot be maintained.
A detailed regulation of the Sardinian government from June 2, 2020, concerning all areas of public life - from beach resorts to children's playgrounds - can be found here. Unfortunately, the document is (so far) only available in Italian.
Entry into Sardinia
Since 3rd June the Italian borders have been open again and EU foreigners can enter Italy and Sardinia. Before entering Sardinia, it is necessary to register via an online form, which asks for various data such as type of arrival and name/address of accommodation, as well as information on the state of health. You can find the form here under this link and it must be filled in online before arrival in Sardinia. After submitting the form you will receive an e-mail from the Region of Sardinia with a questionnaire on your current state of health. This questionnaire must be completed and returned within 48 hours before your arrival. You will then receive a QR code, which you will need for embarkation or at the airport. Alternatively, you can download the app "Sardegna Sicura" ("secure Sardinia") for your smartphone, where you can also fill in and submit the form. In addition, you can use this app on a voluntary basis for corona tracking/contact tracing.
In addition, fever checks will be carried out by thermal scanner at ferry and airport check-in, and body temperature must not exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius.
The decree of the Regional Government of Sardinia, according to which a Covid test is mandatory for entry, was repealed on 17 September 2020. A test obligation therefore no longer exists.
Flight and ferry connections
The ferry companies have resumed normal passenger services to Sardinia from 3 June. Air services to Sardinia were also resumed during June and July.
Security in Sardinia
Although the north of Italy was severely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, Sardinia remains one of the areas of Europe only moderately affected by the pandemic. The statistical risk of infection in Sardinia is currently comparable to that of Switzerland.
Nevertheless, such a pandemic is new territory and nobody can really predict how the infection will develop in the coming months - neither in Sardinia nor anywhere else in Europe. So in the end, everyone has to decide for himself if and how far he wants to limit himself by the pandemic. We can only try to compile the current situation to the best of our knowledge and belief to make your decision easier. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information given here, nor can we accept any liability and emphasise that current regulations can change very quickly due to the dynamics of the pandemic. We recommend that you always consult the latest information from the Federal Foreign Office of your country.
Holidays in Sardinia in times of Corona
If you would like to spend your holidays in Sardinia, we would like to give you some arguments why a villa or a holiday home in times of Corona is a particularly safe way to spend your holidays.
Unlike in a hotel, in your holiday home you are only together with people you know personally. Common areas such as dining rooms where you inevitably come into contact with strangers do not exist in a holiday home. This gives you full control over how much contact you want with strangers on your holiday and allows you to find exactly the level of contact that feels right for you - cook for yourself if you don't want to risk restaurant visits. Spend time at your own pool or in your own garden. And if you arrive with your own car or a rental car, even in high season you will find beaches in Sardinia where you have plenty of space to yourself - Sardinia is one of the least populated areas in Europe and if you want to, you can spend an extremely secluded yet beautiful holiday in a holiday home.
Also in terms of hygiene, holiday homes offer some advantages over hotels, bed & breakfasts and other highly frequented accommodation facilities with sometimes thousands of guests. Even in the whole season our holiday homes are only used by a "handful" of people. And of course all holiday homes are cleaned professionally and according to all hygiene standards before arrival. And during your stay you have full control and can decide for yourself with which standard of hygiene you feel comfortable - just like at home.
Browse through our offer of villas and holiday homes in Sardinia or use the detailed search on the left side of the page. We would be very pleased to receive a non-binding inquiry.
All the best and stay healthy!