Going to Venice for the Day? You are going to pay!

Written by Rem Malloy, since 1995 Rem has been guiding and designing trips to Italy and all of Western Europe and is considered an expert in his field for over 30 years.

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Starting in 2024 day visitors to Venice will need to pay a fee and overnight visitors will need to register online. Updated April 15, 2024

City officials have confirmed the schedule and rates for the long-discussed entry fee to Venice, the UNESCO-listed site. A total of 29 days from April through July 2024 will see this fee implemented.

A uniform fee of 5 euros ($5.45) will be applied on designated days throughout this period. Contrary to earlier discussions, there will be no variable pricing structure in 2024, nor any discounts.

The initial phase of fee collection spans from April to mid-July 2024, beginning with the period from April 25 to May 5. Following this, the fee will be enforced every Saturday and Sunday from May until July 14, with the exception of June 1-2. The dates for the latter part of the year are still to be announced.

A charge will apply to all individuals entering the city without a pre-arranged overnight stay or an approved waiver. This fee is applicable daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The system for managing this process will be digital, utilizing an online platform that issues QR code confirmations for either payment or exemption status. Additionally, payment kiosks will be available within the city for convenience.

Starting January 16, 2024, visitors can use the online service to register. This registration is mandatory for all, including those seeking exemptions and guests staying overnight, to receive their respective QR codes.

Who has to pay when going for the day?

To summarize succinctly: Tourists aged 14 and above who do not have overnight accommodation in the city will be required to pay a fee. However, those with overnight stays must still register online to receive a QR code confirming their exemption.

Other exemptions exist, but except for city residents and individuals born in Venice, who must show proof of residency or birth, everyone eligible for exemption must carry a QR code as evidence. This includes property owners in Venice who pay property tax, students, and commuters working in the city, all of whom need to register on the new online platform to get an annual QR code.

Business visitors and short-term students are also exempt but must register for a daily QR code. The same requirement applies to tourists staying overnight in the broader Venice Municipality, including areas like Mestre on the mainland, and those visiting residents in the “Old Town,” Venice’s historic center.

Children under the age of 14 and individuals with certified disabilities, along with their caregivers, are exempt from the payment. However, they are still required to reserve and obtain a complimentary QR code.

Guests staying within Venice proper are not subject to the entrance fee, as they are already charged an overnight tax. Although it’s anticipated that local hotels will manage the QR code process for their guests, it is advisable for guests to ensure their exemption is registered before arrival in case their hotel does not provide this service.

The city will implement seven primary access points for ticket verification, including locations at the airport, train and bus stations, Fusina port, and the Fondamente Nove and Riva degli Schiavoni waterfronts, which are popular docking spots for boats. A council spokesperson mentioned these will not be the only checkpoints, but the exact locations of additional points have not been disclosed.

What Happens if I Don’t Pay The Fee?

Fines for non-compliance with the entry regulations will vary, starting at 50 euros (approximately $54) and escalating up to 300 euros (around $327) per individual.

How Do I Register If I am Staying Overnight or Just Going For the Day?

Starting from January 16, 2024, visitors will have the option to register online in accordance with the new regulations using this link: http://cda.ve.it

What is the New Venice Entry Fee?
The Venice entry fee is a contribution imposed on selected days during High Season. The fee aims to mitigate the environmental impact of tourism and fund the maintenance and preservation of Venice’s cultural heritage and infrastructure.

When Do You Have to Pay to Visit Venice?
The entry fee costs €5 and applies to day visitors only. It is only enforced on certain days. Tickets will be required during peak hours from 8:30 am until 4 pm. The access fee is not charged from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 a.m.

2024 Confirmed dates when the fee will be charged.
April 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 2024
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 2024
June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 2024
July 6, 7, 13 and 14 2024

Those staying overnight in Venice accommodation will not have to pay but will still need to register via the new system.

Residents of Venice and the wider Veneto region (and their relatives) will not have to pay an entry fee. People with disabilities, students enrolled to study in the city, and those visiting the city for the day for health reasons, or a sporting event or concert are also exempt.

How to Pay or Register
All visitors, including day-trippers, will need to pre-book their visit through an online booking platform.

If you have booked a hotel in Venice  please follow these steps to obtain the exception QR code:

1. Visit the official website https://cda.ve.it/en/, choose “ Request Exemption”
2. Select “I am a guest in an accommodation in Venice”, and click “Request Exemption”
3. Enter your arrival and departure dates.
4. In the data entry screen, use accommodation number XXXXXX and select option YYYYY as a guest of this facility.
5. Add names of other guests under “Add holder.”
6. You will receive your QR code electronically. Make sure to save a digital copy.

Non-compliance with the Venice entry fee regulations may result in penalties for both visitors and accommodation providers, including fines and legal consequences.

Promoting Responsible Tourism
By paying the entry fee, visitors contribute to the sustainable development and preservation of Venice’s unique heritage, ensuring its beauty and charm for future generations to enjoy.

About the Author

Rem Malloy started Italy4real back in 1995 with his mother, Deborah de Maio.

He specialises in Italian tours as well as customised tours to France, England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Spain. He was also featured in the Travel Channel show Mysteries at The Museum in 2016.

Rem has family in Italy and his mothers home town is Cava di Terrani, near the Amalfi Coast. The family has a street named after them in Sorrento, Via Luigi de Maio; a relative who was mayor of Sorrento.

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