Corona in Sardinia - the current situation (updated on 18-07-2021)
The current 7-day incidence in Sardinia is 58,75 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, and as a result of celebrations around the European Football Championship associated with the delta variant, the numbers have recently increased. Currently, Sardinia is in the "white" zone (see below "Italy's colour system"). Entry for holiday travel is permitted from the EU-countries (see below).
Entry requirements Sardinia
Entry into Italy must be declared via an online form: https://app.euplf.eu/
Guests who have stayed exclusively in an EU country or Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Norway in the last 14 days can enter Italy without quarantine if proof is provided in accordance with the EU Covid Certificate. This means that one of the following 3 certificates must be available in digital or paper form:
- proof of a fully completed vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine at least 14 days ago.
- proof of a complete recovery from Covid-19
- a negative test result of a PCR or antigen test which is not older than 48 hours at the time of entry. Children under 6 years of age are exempt.
Persons who have been in the UK within the last 14 days must present a negative test result, even if fully vaccinated or recovered, quarantine for 5 days after entry and then retest. Separate conditions apply for entry from third countries.
Current restrictions and requirements in Sardinia
Sardinia is currently in the white zone. In the following section on the Italian colour system you will find the current restrictions for this zone.
The colour-system for Italian regions
To combat the pandemic, Italy has introduced a colour system in which each region is assigned a certain colour status (white, yellow, orange or red) depending on the infection dynamics. For this purpose, defined parameters of the pandemic situation in the individual regions are recorded - among others, the rate of new infections, the reproduction value, the utilisation of intensive care beds, etc. - and depending on this, every 1-3 weeks, the colour status is assigned to each region. Each colour brings with it certain restrictions that apply uniformly to all regions of Italy with this colour status. However, the individual regional governments can impose additional restrictions if they deem it necessary. In the following, we give you a brief overview of the restrictions of each colour level that are particularly relevant for tourists.
- white: Regions with very low infection dynamics. This is the "lightest" level with very low restrictions - since the introduction of the colour system in Italy in autumn 2020, only Sardinia has reached this status for 3 weeks in March 2021. In white zones, only the distance rules and mask obligation apply, as well as a ban on large events. The mask requirement applies both in public buildings and outdoors, but with the following exceptions: when exercising, eating & drinking, and when outdoors alone or with only household members (with no other people in the immediate vicinity), you do not need to wear a mask. However, even in such cases, you must always have a mask with you so that you can put it on if you get into a crowd of people.
- yellow: Regions with low infection dynamics. All restrictions from the white zone apply. In addition, the yellow zone has a curfew from 11 pm to 5 am. Only those who have important reasons are allowed to go out during these times. During the rest of the time you are allowed to move around freely. Bars and restaurants are only allowed to serve guests at tables in outdoor areas from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (from 1 June 2021 also in indoor areas), after 10 p.m. bars and restaurants are only allowed to offer food and drinks for pick-up only. Shops are open without restrictions.
- orange: Regions with moderate infection dynamics. All restrictions from the white and yellow zones apply. In addition, entry into orange zones is only possible if there are professional, health or other very important reasons. Holiday travel does not count as an important reason. Between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. you are allowed to leave the house, but you are only allowed to move within your own municipality. Only for professional or health reasons are you allowed to move to other areas. Restaurants and bars are not allowed to serve guests and may only offer food and drinks for pick-up. Shops are open.
- red: Regions with high infection dynamics. All restrictions from the white, yellow and orange zones apply. In addition, people are only allowed to leave the house during the day if there are professional, health or other important reasons. Restaurants and bars are closed and may only offer delivery service. With the exception of grocery shops and pharmacies, all shops must close.
The Covid pandemic in Sardinia in detail
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 number "Contagiati" in the orange box indicates the total number of persons who have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic in Sardinia, the second value with the "+" sign is the increase in the last 24 hours
- the number "Morti" in the red box indicates the total number of persons who have died in connection with the Corana virus in Sardinia since the beginning of the pandemic, the second value with the "+" sign is the increase in the last 24 hours
- the number "Guariti" in the green box indicates the total number of persons recovered from the virus in Sardinia, the second value with the "+" sign is the increase in the last 24 hours
- the number "Attivi" in the purple box indicates the total number of persons currently still infected in Sardinia (in domestic quarantine or hospitalisation), the second value with the "+" sign is the increase in the last 24 hours.
- the number "Tamponi" in the first yellow box indicates the total number of corona tests carried out in Sardinia, the second value with the "+" sign is the increase in the last 24 hours.
- the number "Positività" in the second yellow box indicates the average rate of positive tests out of the total number of corona tests carried out in Sardinia, the second value with the "+" sign is the average rate in the last 24 hours
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 size, Sardinia is thus roughly comparable with the Liverpool-Birkenhead area.
Vaccinations in Sardinia
Currently, 58.2% of the population of Sardinia have received the first vaccination dose. 41.3% have already been fully vaccinated.
Security in Sardinia
Due to its island location and low population density, Sardinia has come through the pandemic comparatively well so far and had a much lower infection dynamic than many other regions in Italy and Europe.
Nevertheless, 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!