Traveling to italy: what you need to know

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

Travel Advise: 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 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 (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 15days 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: Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, 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, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.

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 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
  • 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 October 25.

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 October 25. Additionally, specific rules have been adopted for some countries.

Traveling to Italy from Japan, Canada, United States

According to Italian law, travellers who have been in these countries in the 14 days prior to entering Italy are allowed to come to Italy without the need for a motivation. Travellers from Japan, Canada and the United States are allowed to enter Italy without the need to undergo a 5-day self-isolation, upon presentation of the Passenger Locator Form and certification of molecular or antigenic testing carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into the national territory to the competent authorities, as long as they possess:

  • the EU Digital COVID Certificate issued at the end of the prescribed cycle following successful vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 or a certification issued by the local health authorities following a vaccination validated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    or
  • the EU Digital COVID Certificate issued following recovery from COVID-19 or similar certification issued by local health authorities.

Vaccination cards from other countries are accepted: but they need to be in English, French or Spanish (if not, a sworn translation is needed). Information the vaccination card must contain:

  • identification data of the owner (name, surname, date of birth);
  • data relating to the vaccine (name and lot);
  • date (s) of administration of the vaccine;
  • identification data of the person who issued the certificate (state, health authority).

Otherwise, those who only have certification of a molecular or antigenic test are obliged to undergo self-isolation for 5 days at the address indicated on the Passenger Locator Form along with a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by swab, at the end of the isolation period.

Traveling to Italy from Brazil

Entry into and transit through Brazil are permitted, on condition that no Covid-19 symptoms occur, only to the following categories:

  • those who have been registered in Italy since before 13 February 2021 (with self-declaration, without authorisation from the Ministry)
  • those who must reach the domicile, home or residence of their minor children, spouse, or party to a civil partnership (with self-declaration, without authorization from the Ministry);
  • persons in a state of absolute necessity authorized by the Ministry of Health
  • Click here to read the exceptions.

Traveling to Italy from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka 

Entry to Italy is prohibited for people coming from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka or who have stayed in the countries in the preceding fourteen days, with the exception:

  • of Italian citizens registered as residents in Italy since before April 29, 2021 and who do not display any symptoms of COVID-19
  • of Italian citizens registered on the Registry of Italians Resident Abroad (AIRE)
  • Click here to read the exceptions.

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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