When can I fly to Italy?

When can I fly to Italy? The rules for EU and American citizens

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 July 31th 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.

Digital Green Certificate

The European Union is in the process of establishing rules for the digital green certificate, also known as the COVID passport. This pass will allow 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 (included in List C) to Italy as a tourist, without the need for a specific reason. It is compulsory to:

  • obtain a green certificate proving that you have undergone molecular or antigenic testing, carried out by means of a swab, with negative results 48 hours before arrival
  • complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form
  • as soon as you enter the national territory, you must inform your Local Health Authority of reference.

    If you are unable to produce a green certificate proving a negative swab test upon entering Italy, you must self-isolate for 10 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.

These rules will remain in force until July 30.


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 – List D)

This list D includes: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Rwanda, Thailand, Canada, United States of America.

You can now travel to Italy without an essential reason. If you have stayed in/transited through these countries in the previous 14 days, you must:

  • undergo a molecular or antigenic swab carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy and the result of which is negative
  • complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form
  • inform the local health authorities immediately of your arrival
  • undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days
  • undergo an additional molecular or antigenic swab at the end of the 10-day isolation period
  • reach their final destination in Italy only by private transport

These rules will remain in force until July 30.

The Rest of The World (List E)

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;
  • study;
  • 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 10 days and cannot take public transportation to reach your final destination. Read more here.

These rules will remain in force until July 30.

Specific rules have been adopted for some countries:

  • Brazil
    Travellers who have stayed in or transited through Brazil during the previous fourteen days are banned from entering and transiting in the Italian national territory. These measures are valid until July 30, 2021. Click here to read the exceptions.
  • India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka 
    Until June 21, entry to Italy from India or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka is allowed to Italian citizens resident in Italy before 29 April 2021, Italian citizens registered with the A.I.R.E. Register and any persons authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health.

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.

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