What you should know if you have already booked or intend to book a holiday in Sardinia
Sardinia after 50 days of total closure, is slowly opening its borders to the world. From June 3 tourism will start again with domestic flights and from June 25 international flights are expected to restart. In order to arrive in Sardinia – as stated by the President of the Region – it will be necessary to have a Covid-negative certificate. The request for this certificate defined by the Governor as a “Health Passport” is creating perplexities among the many travelers who are planning a trip to Sardinia for summer 2020. Let’s better understand.
I have booked my holiday in Sardinia. What should do I do?
Due to the uncertainty caused by the moment many tourists have been forced to cancel their holidays in Sardinia. Those who had booked the Easter weekend or the 1st of May (the Sagra of Sant’ Efisio among the most important in Sardinia takes place on May 1st and normally attracts thousands of visitors!)
Many tourists – due to the emergency – have had to give up their holidays in Sardinia this year. An economic drama for an island where tourism represents the greatest economic.
What is the current situation in Sardinia regarding Coronavirus?
Coronavirus Sardinia: the island has not been affected by the outbreak
In total, over 50.000 tests were carried out on the island. The positives cases from the beginning of the emergency were just over 1300. Most of these occurred in the province of Sassari (about 65%), while in southern Sardinia, including the metropolitan area of Cagliari, there was 25% of the total cases.
Strong decrease in new positive cases
In the week of May 19 to 25 the increase in daily cases was +1 (only one positive case per day) except for May 22, 24, 25 in which zero new cases were recorded.
Increased of healed
Still in the post-opening week from 19 to 25 May 166 people were healed. Bringing the total number of healed to 994. Currently 52 people are still in hospital. The death toll practically stopped in the week of May 19-25. By recording zero deaths for 4 days out of 7.
Over 70% of the 1354 positive people have completely recovered. About 80% of currently positive patients show no symptoms and are in home isolation.
The percentage in Sardinia among tested persons and positive cases is 0.2%. One of the lowest rates in Italy together with Basilicata, Umbria and Calabria.
Data updated to 25 May 2020
How to visit Sardinia safely: the Health Passport
Data confirm the fact: Sardinia is one of the Italian regions to have had an almost zero spread of the virus. The lockdown measures worked well and after more than 50 days of closures the island reopens its borders. To maintain such a low contagion curve and ensure the safety of Sardinians and tourists, it is necessary to plan the reopening of the tourist season in a scrupulous way.
On this point the Sardinia Governor has announced that it will allow the entry in Sardinia only to those who can prove to be not positive of coronavirus. A covid-negative certificate or health passport as it has been called by the Governor.
This is to keep off the island the risk of a possible spread due to imported cases. The problem, as many tourists complain, is to get a Covid-19 swab test. It is still not easy today. To get it you should go to a private laboratory and book it at least 7 days in advance of the departure date. The cost of the swab would initially be borne by the traveler but should be reimbursed as a travel credit once arrived in Sardinia. The refund can be obtained through a discount coupon at the accommodation or in services. The other hypothesis – in the absence of the swab – is the salivary test to be carried out directly at the airport. In this case the results would be rapid and the costs more contained.
The situation is constantly updated. For the moment we know that from June 3 flights will resume from Rome and Milan. From 15 June flights from other Italian locations will gradually reopen. While a full restart including international flights is scheduled for June 25th.
From 1 July, flights by low-cost airlines will effectively start the 2020 tourist season.
More info will be released the next few hours. We will keep you posted!
Coronavirus Sardinia: tourism information
Health care. Sardinia as well as the rest of Italy offers, in case of need, free health care to all Italian and foreign visitors. Sardinian hospitals are scattered throughout the island between the north and south with adequate and modern facilities.
Transportation. Buses and trains operate regularly. The busesallowed a limited number of people and the use of face mask is mandatory. You can calculate the route and see the lines on the site: http://www.sardegnamobilita.it/travelplanner/
Airports. All three Sardinian airports (Cagliari, Olbia, Alghero) will be fully operational from June 3rd. On arrival and departure the passengers will be measured the temperature.
Beaches. The free beaches and bathing establishments are open and available for the use of tourists through the respect of some simple rules. For more info: how to plan holidays in Sardinia
Sites of interest. Museums, archaeological sites and points of interest such as natural caves are open to the public. To follow: social distancing and use of face mask. The entrances will be limited to a small number of people.
Canceling your holiday in Sardinia: what to do
We expect that those who have booked their holidays will not give up the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Sardinian even this year. The island is a safe place to stay and perfect for spending a relaxing period between sea and nature. However If there is a need to cancel your trip, it is good to contact your flight company or the accommodation.
Airlines are also adjusting their cancellation policies to the health emergency and have updated their rules. Let’s see in detail what they offer
If your flight has been canceled you have been notified via email and SMS, and you have been offered the possibility to request a refund or rebook the flight for free and to take advantage of the assistance due. Otherwise, your flight will operate normally.
If your flight is canceled, you can manage your booking by changing your flight or requesting a refund on your App or on the website under Manage your reservations
Refunds can be obtained by going to the “My booking” section or changing the booking
In case of flight cancellation, passengers will be contacted via email or SMS. Instructions will be provided to request a refund or a change of booking
On the site you will find indications to change the reservation without penalty or to obtain a voucher equal to the value of the ticket purchased (or its residual value), following the measures ordered by the Authorities for the epidemic caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Hotels and apartments: how to cancel a reservation
Let’s see what are the refund policies in case of cancellation of the reservation
The Booking.com policy provides that any advance payments in cases where the customer has requested cancellation due to force majeure are reimbursed without cancellation costs (penalties, expenses and / or other amounts)
Anyone who cannot complete the trip due to official restrictions, COVID-19 or suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus. The guest will receive a full refund (including any costs).
If you have booked through the direct website of the Hotel or with the owner you can have a comparison and find a solution together. Many owners are obviously aware of the extraordinary nature of the situation and in case of cancellation they offer a full refund of the deposit or even better a voucher to be used on other dates.
Changing dates using a voucher can be the best solution to not permanently cancel your holiday in Sardinia.
5 reasons to better not cancel your summer holiday in Sardinia
- Your vacation helps the small business, families, seasonal workers who ONLY rely on tourism jobs for 6 months a year.
- You have more time to find out what to do and where to go in Sardinia
- The welcome and the service you will receive will be even more attentive because you are a precious guest
- After months of being quarantined, the Sardinia wild spaces will recharge your energy.
- The beaches of Sardinia are the most beautiful in the world and this year will be even more nice because not crowed 🙂
Some IDEAS to plan your holiday in Sardinia