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Italy health & safety

Medical services

Italy health care is very good, but are expensive if you don’t have medical insurance.  First Aid Service (Pronto Soccorso) with a doctor on hand is found at airports, ports, railway stations and hospitals. If you need an ambulance, you can call 118 from anywhere in Italy.


Citizens of EU countries are covered for emergency medical treatment in Italy on presentation of an E111 form, or if you’re from the UK the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  Treatment in private hospitals or clinics is not covered. 

To avoid any medical hassles make sure you get STA Travel insurance before you go.


Italy vaccinations

You won’t need any vaccinations before travelling to Italy.  The tap water is safe to drink, as is the water from drinking fountains unless there is a sign reading ‘Acqua non potabile’. You might see this sign inside trains, camping sites, etc.


STA Travel insurance

Don’t leave home without it!  Accidents happen – and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like on the side of a mountain in the Italian Alps or in an alley in Venice at 3 am.  Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you.


*The small print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.