Who is allowed to travel to Italy with the current COVID restrictions?
Currently travel rules are changing every few days, this article is being updated on the regular, so make sure to check it often. Italy remains in a state of emergency until April 30th and coronavirus restrictions are in place across the country. While everywhere has a different approach to managing the spread of the virus, Italy has established a system of “yellow, orange, red.” Regions are assigned a colour which is reviewed every week: “red” is a relative lockdown while “yellow” allows restaurants, galleries and shops to remain open with various social distancing measures in place.
Here are the most recent rules to follow if you’re travelling to Italy from Europe and outside Europe. Traveling rules vary depending on country of origin and the reason for traveling.
Traveling to Italy from Europe
You can now travel from European countries (included in List C) to Italy as a tourist. Upon arrival in Italy, you will still be asked to fill out a form upon declaring that you have undergone molecular or antigenic testing, carried out by means of a swab, with negative results 48 hours before arrival. As soon as you enter the national territory, you must inform your Local Health Authority of reference. If you are unable to undergo a molecular or antigenic test within 48 hours prior to entering Italy, once in Italy you must self-isolate for 14 days.
Until April 30, you will also need to self-isolate for 5 days, and then undergo another test. If you have been outside of Europe in the last 14 days, you will have to declare it, and different quarantine rules might apply.
As of April 7, Austria (with specific restrictions for the Tyrol region), Israel and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are also included in List C.
There are a few exceptions to the rule of testing and self-isolating, namely for anyone entering Italy for a period of time not exceeding 120 hours due to proven needs of health, work, or absolute urgency. Click here to check what exceptions apply to you.
Travelling to Italy from outside Europe
Italy has selected a few low risk countries where tourism is once again allowed, but largely the rules have not changed on non-European travel since the beginning of the pandemic.
Low Risk Countries (Outside Europe)
This list includes: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Rwanda, Thailand.
You can now travel to Italy without an essential reason. On arrival you must quarantine for 14 days, starting from when you have landed, which means you cannot take public transport from the airport. You must also let the local health authorities know you have arrived and are undergoing your quarantine period.
The Rest of The World
Travelling as a tourist is still banned, you can only come to Italy for the following essential reasons:
- proven work reasons;
- absolute urgency;
- health reasons;
- return to one’s home, domicile or residence;
- citizens of the European Union (Italy included), of Schengen Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City;
- family members of persons listed under letter f), as defined in Articles 2 and 3 of Directive 2004/38/EC dated April 29 2004;
- non-European Union citizens (third-country nationals) holding long-term residence status in a European Union country, in accordance with Council Directive 2003/109/EC;
- family members of the persons holding long-term residence status (letter h);
- entry into the national territory to reach the domicile / home / residence of a person referred to in letters f) and h) of this list, even if not cohabiting, with whom there is a proven and stable emotional relationship.
In addition, you must self-isolate for 14 days and cannot take public transportation to reach your final destination. Read more here.
Double check your journey
Please keep in mind that these rules are constantly being reviewed. There is an interactive form you can fill out to check the latest rules regarding your journey:
Airlines may have their own requirements regarding tests and self declaration forms so confirm with them before travelling. Similarly, the rules will different when you leave Italy to return to your own country.
I hope this simplifies the labyrinth that is international travel these days, cheers to a more relaxed summer!