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Travelling to Italy

Italy has reopened its doors to most travellers. Travel from the UK, US, EU and Israel is now permitted, subject to some conditions, without quarantine.

Please also check the rules at your time of travel and with your country of residence and transit.

Travellers from the US, Canada, Israel and Japan

The Italian Ministry of Health announced on August 31 that anyone entering Italy from the United States, Canada, Israel, or Japan or who has passed through one of these countries in the past 14 days must show

1) anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination, including the completion (at least 14 days) of the prescribed cycle of one of the vaccinations recognized by the EMA. Those vaccinated in the U.S.A. can prove this via the"white card" bearing a CDC logo or a certification showing that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 180 days, from their local health authorities.

and

2) negative rapid antigenic or molecular PCR test carried out within 72 hours of departure (proved via certification from the laboratory that performed the test).

The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency:

  • Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNtech
  • Moderna
  • Vaxzevria
  • Jansen (Johnson & Johnson)

Compliance to the above exempt travellers from quarantine upon arrival in Italy.

  • Minors accompanied by a parent/caregiver with one of the above certifications must always take the pre-departure Covid test if they are 6 years old and over; minors under 6 years old are, in any case, exempt from the pre-departure Covid test.

  • Even with these Certificates, all passengers entering Italy are required, prior to departure, to complete a specific location form in digital format (https://app.euplf.eu/). Alternatively (in the event of technical difficulties), passengers can compile the specific self-certification form in paper format
    (https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2021/04/modulo_rientro_sintetico_25_aprile.pdf).

It is possible for arrivals from the US, Japan, Canada, or Israel to enter Italy without one of the required documents, but passengers who do so will be subject to a five-day quarantine, at the end of which they must take a test.


Travellers from the EU

For all those who, during the fourteen days prior to entry into Italy, have stayed in or passed through one or more States and territories referred to in List C (EU countries), upon entry into Italy, the following will be mandatory:

  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy. The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator.
  • providing the EU Digital Covid Certificate in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French or Spanish, showing one of the following conditions:

  • having completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle since at least 14 days

or

  • that you have recovered from COVID-19 (the certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive swab)

or

  • that you have taken a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.

Failure to provide one of these documents entails self-quarantine for 5 days, at the end of which an antigen or molecular swab test will be carried out.

It should also be noted that the certificate of completion of the vaccination cycle must include one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency:

  • Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech
  • Moderna
  • Vaxzevria
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Travellers from the UK

As of 31 August , travellers who have been in the UK in the preceding 14 days and want to enter Italy must present:

  • A Covid-19 vaccination certification showing that they have completed a full vaccination cycle for at least 14 days from their local health authorities.
  • And negative results for a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their arrival in Italy.
  • fill in the Digital Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy. The form replaces the self-declaration made to the transport operator.

Compliance to the above exempt travellers from 5 day quarantine upon arrival in Italy.

Minors ravelling with parents benefit from their parents' vaccination status. This is confirmed currently only in Italian and can be found on the Italian Government Foreign Affairs Health website, under Elenco D: http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/...

The Green Pass or Certificate

Italy’s extended green pass came into force from August 6th – after which the health certificate is required to enter indoor seating areas at bars and restaurants as well as concerts, museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, sports stadiums, theme parks, indoor swimming pools, spas, and other venues and large events.

People with a certificate from an EU or Schengen country can continue to show their own version of the pass, while on July 29th, the Italian Health Ministry confirmed that documents issued by health authorities in any of the following countries would also be accepted in Italy:

  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and British military bases on Cyprus)
  • United States of America

Certificates can be shown in digital or paper format.

Children under 12 are exempt from the ‘green pass’ requirement.

Forbidden from Entry

Entry and transit in Italy are forbidden for persons: who, in the previous fourteen days, have stayed or transited in the previous fourteen days in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

All other travellers

Travellers from all other countries may be required to: fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy present a negative result for a molecular or antigenic swab taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry into Italy notify arrival to the Prevention Department of the Local Health Authority (toll-free numbers and regional information) reach the final destination in Italy only by private means of transport undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days at the end of the 10 day isolation, take an additional molecular or antigenic swab.

Face masks and distancing

Throughout Italy, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public places indoors. The mask is also mandatory outdoors with some exceptions namely if engaged in sport, children under 6 and people with disabilities or conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. It is mandatory to maintain the safe distance of at least one metre from non-cohabiting people. Some squares or streets may be closed to the public throughout the day or at certain time slots to avoid gatherings and the government recommends downloading the Immuni app.

Bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlours, pastry shops are all open, subject to social distancing protocols. There are no time limits for restaurants in hotels and other hospitality establishments for their guests.

Access to free beaches and equipped beaches is allowed. Beach resort facilities may request reservations in order to access beaches.

Museums and other cultural institutions are also open on weekends. From Monday to Friday the admissions are limited to a maximum number of people. For weekend visits you need to book online or by phone.

Outdoor sporting events are open to the public. Indoor sporting events are open to the public as of 1 July. The maximum number of spectators must not exceed 25% of the maximum authorized capacity, and in any case may not exceed 1000 people for outdoor venues and 500 people for indoor venues. Seating must ensure a distance of at least one metre between non-cohabiting spectators.

Travelling around Italy

To ensure the safety of residents and tourists, the Italian government has introduced a classification of regions based on the colours white (minimum risk), yellow, orange and red (maximum risk). Almost all of Italy is now characterised as a white zone and movement between different regions is permitted.

Returning home from your Italy vacation

Subject to your destination you may be subject to testing and quarantine restrictions.

For testing in Italy, we recommend that this is pre-booked, potentially on arrival, to ensure you can secure a test that meets your re-entry requirements. We can supply you with testing centre details.

How is Italy doing with it's vaccination program?

As of 2 September 70.5% of over 12s have completed their vaccination cycle.

Full details can be viewed on this government link

Comparative global data can be found on this FT link

This information is correct at the time of writing. Regulations are subject to change at short notice. Please verify details at point of booking and prior to travelling.

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