Travel Advice: who is allowed to travel to Italy with the current COVID restrictions?
Italy is not longer in a state of emergency from 1st of April 2022 and coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
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.
Great news for anyone interested in traveling to Italy: It just got a lot easier. The Italian Health Ministry has announced that visitors from all non European countries will be subject to the same entry rules as EU travelers.
With the new Ordinance of the Minister of Health, as of 1 March 2022 (up to 31 March 2022), the Country lists are eliminated and the rules regulating entry into the national territory are now standardized.
You can now travel to Italy upon the submission of:
– the Covid-19 Vaccine Passport (vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative molecular or antigen test) or any other equivalent vaccination certificate recognized.
Only in case of failure to submit one of the above certifications, shall the traveller be submitted to a 5-day quarantine and obliged to take a molecular or antigen test at the end of this period. The Passenger Locator Form will no longer be necessary to enter Italy.
Digital Green Certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into application on 01 July 2021. EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. This pass allows people to travel to and from Italy within the EU freely, as well as allowing American citizens to enter the EU member states.
Traveling to Italy from Europe
You can now travel from European countries to Italy as a tourist, without the need for a specific reason. It is compulsory to:
- providing the EU Digital Covid Certificate proving that you have completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination cycle 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 carried out prior to entry into Italy and whose result is negative. Molecular swab to be carried out within seventy-two hours prior to entry into Italy, antigenic swab to be carried out within forty-eight hours prior to entry into Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
If you are unable to produce a green certificate proving a negative swab test upon entering Italy, you must self-isolate for 5 days and have to take a swab test on the last day of isolation. 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
From 1 March 2022 arrivals from non-EU countries will no longer need to show both proof of vaccination or recent recovery plus a negative test result. Either a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test result would be sufficient for entry to Italy from that date.
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!
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N.B if you are travelling from the UK, you cannot present an NHS test but must pay for the private PCR test, approximately £100.
I don’t believe this is 100% correct.
Checking Alitalia, an Antigen test at the airport is sufficient.