Traveling to Italy: what you need to know – Italy’s new travel rules require covid tests for EU arrivals.

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

Travel Advice: 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 the 31st of March 2022 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 four-tier system of white, yellow, orange and red zones.
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 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

From 16 December until 31 January, Italy requires 5 days quarantine for unvaccinated EU visitors. All travellers to Italy from European Union countries must undergo a covid test before departure (within the 24-hour period before departure for rapid antigen tests, or the 48 hours before departure for molecular tests) including those who are vaccinated.

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:

  • 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 in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the pre-departure swab test.
  • 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 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

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: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories not belonging to the European continent), Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions and the States.

You can now travel to Italy without an essential reason.

Entry into Italy without self-isolation 

If you have stayed in/transited through these countries in the previous 14 days, you must:

  • take a negative molecular swab test in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy or an antigenic test carried out within 24 hours prior to entry into Italy; in the case of arrivals from the UK and Northern Ireland and British Isles, the swab test must be taken in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy
  • show a Digital COVID-19 Certificate or equivalent that certifies the person is vaccinated. (certificate of recovery not accepted)
  • complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form.

Entry into Italy with self-isolation requirement (5 days)

This prevention measure shall be applied only to people entering Italy without showing either a negative swab test or a vaccination certificate. Travellers who do not present the vaccination certificate must:

  • fill out the Passenger Locator Form prior to entering Italy. This form replaces the self-declaration made to the travel company and can be shown in both digital and paper format
  • take a negative molecular or antigen swab test in the 72 hours prior to entering Italy; in the case of arrivals from the UK and Northern Ireland and British Isles, the swab test must be taken in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy
  • notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of their entry to Italy. See COVID-19 Numeri verdi regionali for the contact details of local Italian health authorities
  • travel to their final destination in Italy by private transport only
  • remain in self-isolation for a total of 5 days
  • take another molecular or antigen swab test at the end of the 5 days in self-isolation

These rules will remain in force until December 15.

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 Dember 15. Additionally, specific rules have been adopted for some countries.

Traveling to Italy from Africa

Minister Speranza signed a new ordinance banning entry into Italy from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini. The entry ban does not apply to the Italian citizens registered as residents in Italy since before November 26, 2021.

Travelin to Italy from Brazil, India and Sri Lanka

The Minister of Health signed the ordinance extending the measures for entry into Italy from third countries to 15 December 2021. Entries from Brazil, India and Sri Lanka are on the same level with entries from other non-European countries. See the section dedicated to the countries in List E.


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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