Starting in January 2023, Venice will oblige day-trippers to make prior reservations and pay a mandatory entry fee to visit the historic lagoon city.
Marble palaces on a lagoon, breathtaking architecture, gondola rides through a network of canals — who wouldn’t wish to visit Venice? In 2019, the historic city saw 19 million tourists before the pandemic hit. In a way to combat overtourism, Venice has unveiled specifics for its new rules for day-trippers that will be implemented from next year.
The tourism department of Venice has announced that from January 16, 2023, visitors who are visiting the city on a day’s trip will have to make prior reservations and pay a mandatory entry fee. It is hoped that the step will help in managing the huge number of visitors they see daily. The fee will range from €3 to €10 (INR241 to INR805) per person, depending on the crowds in the city and how much in advance you make a reservation.
The introduction of these new rules had been delayed due to the pandemic, when tourism around the world took a major hit. But now that the COVID restrictions have eased out, Venice has decided to give the idea a green light from 2023. There will be a booking and payment system with QR Code. The same will also act as the a proof of payment, which if you failed to show when asked, will result in a fine which can even go up to €300 (INR24,152).
Passengers of cruise ships, even those who are visiting for a few hours, also need to pay the fee, unless their cruise company has agreed on a flat rate with the Municipal Council of Venice for your package. Additionally, if your Venice visit does not include an overnight stay at any of the hotels or lodges, you will be required to declare the day of the visit online. If you do have a booking with one of the hotels or lodges, you wouldn’t have to pay the visiting fee. Children under the age of six, people with disabilities, and people with homes or timeshares in Venice who pay council tax are exempted from the new rule.
The problem of mass-tourism in Venica began in the mid-1960s. The number of tourist arrivals kept rising, while the number of Venetians living in the city has constantly fallen down over the years. As a result, the city has been facing issues like congestion, high cost of products, and frequent flooding.