You can head off on a First Choice holiday to Italy from July.

You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday to Italy right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to help you relax to the max with complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.


  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 1 metre.
Face mask requirements for adults Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in enclosed indoor spaces, like shops and public areas of your hotel. In some parts of the country, you’ll need to wear a mask in outdoor areas where social distancing can’t be maintained, from 6pm to 6am. In others, you may be required to wear a mask outdoors at all times.
Face mask requirements for children Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged over 6 years old.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? MAINLAND ITALY

You do not need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) unless you have travelled outside of the UK in the 14 days prior to arrival in Italy.


You must complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours before departure. Complete the Sardinia Passenger Locator Form here.

Other need-to-knows You’ll find the full FCDO advice here.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Italy.

Beaches Open with limitations.
Restaurants and bars  Open with limitations. Reservations are required and there are limits on numbers. When dining in at a restaurant or snack bar, one member of your party will need to register their contact details.
Sights Open with limitations. You’ll need to book in advance and there are limits on numbers.
Supermarkets Open. Face masks are mandatory.
Other facilities Open with limitations.
Museums and archeological sites are permitted to open. You must pre-book online.

Here’s the key information on getting to Italy.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Italy.

Car rental Permitted, with restrictions in place for people from different households.
Public transport Face masks are mandatory and public transport should only be used if absolutely necessary.
Hiking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Biking Not yet known – we’re working on it.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Italy.

Read the full FCDO advice here