According to a2zgov, Lampedusa is an island in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe), located about 200 kilometers from the Italian island of Sicily and about 110 kilometers from Tunisia. Lampedusa is part of Italy ‘s autonomous region of Sicily and, together with Linosa and Lampione, forms the Pelagic Islands. The capital of Lampedusa is the eponymous Lampedusa.
Lampedusa is a rocky island. Almost the entire coastline of the island consists of steep rock walls interspersed with beautiful sandy beaches. Especially in the summer months, many tourists flock to Lampedusa to enjoy the sun. The water around Lampedusa is clear and ideal for diving. There are therefore various diving facilities. In the summer months there are sometimes 35,000 tourists against 6,000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the island live mainly from tourism. Outside the tourist season, they are mainly engaged in fishing and agriculture.
Since 1990, the island has also been known as a place where mainly African immigrants (boat people) arrive, hoping to obtain a residence permit for the European Union. This means that a detention center has been established on the island and many immigrants die every year at sea between North Africa and Lampedusa.
Where is Lampedusa located?
Travel information of Lampedusa
Official name: Lampedusa
Area: 20 km²
Country code: IT, ITA
Population: 6,304 inhabitants (2016)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 133 m (Albero del Sole)
Distance (Amsterdam – Lampedusa): 1,970 km
Flight time: about 4 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Lampedusa that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Lampedusa, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Lampedusa. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Lampedusa?
Weather and climate
Lampedusa has a Mediterranean climate. The island generally has warm summers (average 25 degrees) and mild winters (average 10 to 15 degrees).
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Lampedusa can be found on our extensive weather page.
May, June, September and October are the best months to travel to Lampedusa. This avoids the cool winter period and the hot summer period.
Italian is the official language on Lampedusa.
Would you like to translate from or into Italian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Italy: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch Consulates in Italy: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Italian Embassy in the Netherlands: amblaja.esteri.it.
Italian consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Lampedusa.
Money and Currency
On Lampedusa, payments are made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Lampedusa can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Lampedusa are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +10% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (8% cheaper), food (27% more expensive), imported beer in catering (14% more expensive), cigarettes (17% cheaper) and public transport (48% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
It is not customary to tip in Lampedusa, but it is appreciated. If there is no service charge on the receipt yet and the service is good, tip approximately 5-10%.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Lampedusa is the same as in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Lampedusa on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Lampedusa you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Lampedusa.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Lampedusa.
Electricity On Lampedusa you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets on Lampedusa can be found on our electricity page (look under Italy).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Lampedusa can be found on Google news.
Websites from Lampedusa end in.it.
Lampedusa official websites: comune.lampedusaelinosa.ag.it, lampedusa.it and lampedusa.to.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Lampedusa is 0039 or +39.
(You must leave the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Lampedusa? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(You must omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Lampedusa Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Lampedusa.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Lampedusa.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Lampedusa.
An overview of all public holidays in Italy (Lampedusa) can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Lampedusa, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Lampedusa?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Lampedusa. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Lampedusa can be found on Protected Planet.
Lampedusa is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Lampedusa? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or with Lampedusa, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Lampedusa, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Lampedusa.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 16.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers up to 3 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…hundreds of boat people drown each year off the coast of Lampedusa?
…Lampedusa is Europe’s “threshold” for refugees from North Africa?
…Lampedusa is Italy’s southernmost island?