Updates June 1st 2022
As of 1 June 2022, the Green Pass or other equivalent certification is no longer required for entry or re-entry into Italy.
COVID-19 restrictive measures for arrivals from abroad are no longer in force.
In Italy, some containment measures – such as the use of masks under specific circumstances – shall remain in force until 15 June.
Anyone who intends to travel abroad, regardless of the destination and the reasons of the journey, must bear in mind that travelling in this period may involve a health risk.
It is therefore recommended to carefully plan the journey in detail, to consider the possibility of spending an additional period abroad and to take out health insurance that also covers risks associated with COVID-19.
Updates May 1st 2022
From 1 May, regardless of the country of entry into Italy, the traveller will be required to present to the carrier and to whoever is in charge of checking:
- the COVID-19 Green Certificate or other equivalent certificate which must state one of the following conditions:
- completion of the primary vaccination series or booster dose according to the vaccination plans of the countries of release with vaccines authorized by the European Medical Agency (primary series validity 9 months and booster dose without predefined limit)
- recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection (valid for 180 days from positive swab test)
- recovery after the administration of the first dose of vaccine or at the end of the primary vaccination series or following the administration of the relevant booster dose
- rapid antigen or molecular swab test, respectively within 48 or 72 hours before entry into Italy.
Covid-19 green certificates of successful vaccination are accepted in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish or German. If submitted in another language, they must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Italian. Foreign certifications of recovery must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Italian. See: circular letter July 30, 2021 and circular letter September 23,2021.
Entry into Italy with compulsory fiduciary isolation (5 days)
Without prejudice to the obligation to complete the PLF, if the Traveller does not submit any of the aforementioned certificates, he/she must undergo a 5-day quarantine period at the address indicated to the competent authorities and an antigen or molecular test by means of a nasal/oropharyngeal/rhino-pharyngeal swab at the end of this quarantine period. In addition, travellers will be required to communicate their entry to the Local Health Authority of competence for subsequent treatment
Updates March 28th 2022
Italy’s Covid rules are set to change in April 2022 as hospitalization rates slow, despite rising infection numbers. The green pass will be removed as of May 1, while the mask wearing requirement indoors will continue until April 30. Here’s the timeline to post-pandemic living in Italy.
In addition, Italy has already eased its entry rules for travelers: All incoming travelers, regardless of whether they are travelling from the European Union or outside, can now enter the country without having to follow additional entry rules, provided that they present a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate.
Eating and drinking
As of April 1, you will no longer be required to show your green pass to sit outdoors at a bar or restaurant. From May 1, the reinforced green pass (proof of vaccination or recovery) will no longer be needed to eat or drink indoors.
As of April 1, you can stay at a hotel and other forms of accommodation without showing reinforced green pass (proof of vaccination or recovery).
Museums and exhibitions
As of April 1, museums and exhibitions will no longer require the reinforced green pass (proof of vaccination or recovery).
The green pass will remain mandatory until April 30, but delegates will be able to enter trade fairs and conference without documentation as from May 1.
Shops, hairdressers, banks and post offices
As from April 1, no documentation will need to be shown to enter shops, banks, post offices, hairdressers, barber’s shops, beauty salons.
Cinemas and theatres
The requirement to show a reinforced green pass (proof of vaccination or recovery) in cinemas and theatres will end on May 1. Masks must continue to be worn until May 31.
As from March 31, green passes will no longer need to be shown to attend outdoor games. Sports enthusiasts will be able to go to matches without Covid documentation as from April 1, but masks must continue to be worn until April 30.
Pools and gyms
The reinforced green pass (proof of vaccination or recovery) will remain a requirement at the gym, pool or for indoor sports until April 30.
No documentation will be required on public transportation as from April 1, although FFP2 face coverings must still be worn until April 30.
Updates September 8th 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Italy has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice citing the high-level of COVID-19 in Italy. The Department of State’s Level 3 Travel Advisory recommends that travelers reconsider travel to Italy due to COVID-19.
- Regions in Italy are divided in a color-coded system ranging from white (very low risk) yellow (low risk), orange (high risk) and red (very high risk) depending on transmission rates, availability of hospital and ICU beds, and other parameters. Different restrictive measures apply to each zone.
- Essential services such as food stores, pharmacies, newsstands, and tobacco shops remain open throughout Italy. For current measures assigned to each region, please visit: http://www.governo.it/it/articolo/domande-frequenti-sulle-misure-adottate-dal-governo/15638#zone
- Effective August 6, 2021, the “Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass” is necessary to access some locations and participate in certain social activities such as: indoor seated dining at restaurants and bars, museums, exhibitions, cultural sites, sporting events, swimming pools, gyms, concerts, fairs, conferences, amusement parks and other venues. The Italian Ministry of Health issued an ordinance on July 29, 2021 stating that an Anti-COVID-19 vaccination certificate for an European Medicines Agency (EMA) recognized vaccine from competent U.S. health authorities (CDC “white cards”) will be considered the equivalent of the Italian Green Pass where this requirement exists.Alternatively, you can provide a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result taken within 48 hours before entering a restaurant/museum etc. or a medical certificate issued by competent US authorities confirming recovery from COVID within the previous 6 months. Certificates are accepted in Italian, English, Spanish or French and can be both digital or in paper copy.
- The Italian government extended the Covid-19 state of emergency until December 31, 2021
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Italy? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- Please note that response times vary by testing location, the type of test taken, and the method of retrieving test results (i.e., in-person or via correspondence).
- At present in Italy, antigen tests cost approximately $25, while PCR tests cost approximately $75.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the nearest Consular Section at:
CDCWaiverRome@state.gov for the Consular District of Rome or
CDCWaiverMilan@state.gov for the Consular District of Milan or
CDCWaiverFlorence@state.gov for the Consular District of Florence or
CDCWaiverNaples@state.gov for the Consular District of Naples.
- Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the nearest Consular Section at:
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Italy approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Italy for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Italy? Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca. In addition, the Sputnik V is available in the Republic of San Marino.
- COVID-19 vaccinations are being distributed by the Government of Italy at a regional level. According to the Italian Pharmaceutical Agency, the National Vaccination Plan guarantees that vaccinations will be available to all people present/resident in Italy, whether or not they have a valid Permit of Stay as long as they are registered with the Italian National Health Service. Citizens will have to follow the instructions and schedule of their region of residence, and further information from each region is available at the following link: http://www.regioni.it/regioni-online/. For additional information on COVID-19 vaccination in Italy, please see the Italian National Institute of Health’s website.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- U.S. citizens may travel to Italy for any reason, including tourism.
- Current travel restrictions on entry into Italy are linked to several factors, including one’s country of departure and purpose of travel.
- The Government of Italy periodically updates these restrictions based upon changing conditions, and all travelers should refer to current Italian health decrees when making travel plans.
- English-language guidance on current entry and exit requirements is maintained on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
- All persons traveling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide their airline or Italian law enforcement officials with a self-declaration form prior to travel.
- Regional governments in Italy may also impose restrictions on travelers from certain foreign countries, and travelers intending to travel or return to Italy are advised to check whether any new provisions have been introduced by their region of destination.
- Beginning on August 31 and valid until October 25, 2021, travelers from the United States may enter Italy if they present a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival AND one of the following:
- An Anti-COVID 19 vaccination certificate for an European Medicines Agency (EMA)-recognized vaccine. At present, EMA recognizes the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca. The date of the final vaccine dose must be at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers vaccinated in the United States can prove this via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo.
- A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID dated no more than six months before departure.
- Passengers unable to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate will have to self-isolate on arrival for five days and undergo a molecular PCR or rapid antigen test at the end of the isolation
- Passengers are required to complete the online EU Digital Passport Locator Form.
- The approved languages for the above certificates are Italian, English, Spanish, and French. Certificates can be in digital or paper format. For additional information on travel to and from Italy, please see: https://www.esteri.it/mae/it.
- Transiting through Italian airports is allowed, but those traveling from countries on Lists D and E of the Italian Ministry of Health’s website are required to remain within a designated area of the airport during transit.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Please see the Italian Ministry of Health’s website for details on exemptions.
- Children six years and older accompanied by a parent/caregiver must always take the pre-departure Covid test; children under 6 years of age are, in any case, exempt from the pre-departure Covid test and from quarantine upon arrival.
- Testing requirements and testing options are prompted by an individual’s presence in or transit through particular countries. This country-specific guidance is available on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Further information is also available on the Italian Ministry of Health’s website.
Updated August 6th 2021
Italy applies health-related restriction measures to incoming travellers, which may vary depending on their country of origin.
Before entering Italy, from any country of origin and for any travel reason, the digital European Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) must be compiled.
The measures indicated in this section are valid until 30 August 2021.
Citizens and residents of EU countries, the Schengen area, from Israel, Andorra or the Principality of Monaco can enter Italy without the obligation of quarantine, provided that:
1. They fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy
2. They present the EU Digital COVID Certificate on arrival. Non-EU citizens can present a COVID-19 Green Certificate, in paper or digital form, issued by the health authorities of their home country, certifying negativity to the virus, successful recovery or vaccination recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
An EU Digital COVID Certificate is digital proof that a person:
- has been vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days beforehand
- obtained a negative test result
- recovered from COVID-19
The digital version can be saved on a mobile device. Citizens can also request a printed version. Both versions will have a QR code containing essential information and a digital signature ensuring their authenticity.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is valid in all EU countries and the Schengen area.
For more information, visit the EU Digital COVID Certificate official webpage.
Travellers from Canada, Japan and the United States can enter Italy without quarantine obligation, provided that:
1. They fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy
2. They present on arrival a COVID-19 Green Pass issued by the Health Authorities their home country, certifying:
- complete vaccination against COVID-19, taken at least 14 days beforehand, using a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
- recovery from COVID-19 and the termination of medical isolation
- negative result for a rapid molecular or antigenic test performed in the 48 hours prior to entry into Italy
Green Passes must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish and can be presented in digital or printed formats.
Travellers from the United Kingdom are required to:
1. fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy
2. present on arrival a negative certificate for a rapid molecular or antigen test performed in the 48 hours prior to entering Italy
3. undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 5 days. At the end of the isolation period, they will have to perform a new molecular or antigen test.
Entry and transit in Italy are forbidden for persons:
- who, in the previous fourteen days, have stayed or transited in Brazil (see exceptions)
- who arrive from or have stayed in the previous fourteen days in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (see exceptions)
Travellers from all other countries may be required to:
- fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy
- present a negative result for a molecular or antigenic swab taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry into Italy
- notify their arrival to the Prevention Department of the Local Health Authority (toll-free numbers and regional information)
- reach the final destination in Italy only by private means of transport
- undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days
- at the end of the 10 day isolation, take an additional molecular or antigenic swab
Travellers arriving from some non-EU countries can enter Italy without undergoing fiduciary isolation and health surveillance provided they use COVID-tested flights (refer to the specific section).
Children under the age of 6 are not obliged to present proof of a negative result for molecular or antigen tests on entry into Italy, but must comply with the isolation obligation when required.
Persons under the age of 18 are exempted from the obligation of isolation (where applicable) only if they are accompanied by an adult (parent or other companion) in possession of a COVID green certificate (green pass).
You can find out the conditions of entry into Italy from your country with a couple of clicks at viaggiaresicuri.it You will be asked to indicate:
- Country of origin
- Country(ies) you have travelled through in the last 14 days
- Possession of EU citizenship or citizenship of a country in xthe Schengen Area
- Possession of registered residence in Italy as a long-term resident or kinship with a long-term resident residing in Italy
At the end of this process, you will be informed if there are any restrictions in place for travel to Italy from your country, the documentation you will have to present and the conditions applied on your arrival.
National information line 1500 was activated by the Italian Ministry of Health to answer questions from the public about the novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The hotline is open 24/7.
Travellers can contact the Ministry of Health at the following numbers:
- from Italy: 1500 (free toll number)
- from abroad: +39 0232008345 – +39 0283905385
For more information, visit the specific Ministry of Health web page for travellers.
COVID-19 DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE TRAVEL AND ACCESS TO CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS
In Italy, the COVID-19 green certificate facilitates attendance at certain public events (such as trade fairs, concerts, sports competitions, parties following religious or civil ceremonies) and access to health care facilities for the elderly (RSA). It is also mandatory when moving into and out of areas that may be classified as “red” or “orange” zones in the absence of valid reasons for work, health or proven urgency.
Persons over the age of 12 must present a COVID-19 digital green pass in order to access certain services and activities:
- Travelling by air, train, ship, ferry or bus throughout Italy
- Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and pastry shops for consumption at table indoors
- Performances open to the public, sporting events, both outdoors and indoors
- Museums and places of culture, shows
- Swimming pools and gyms
- Private parties, such as wedding receptions
- Festivals and trade fairs
- Conventions and congresses
- Spas and fitness centres
- Gaming halls and betting shops, bingo halls and casinos
Access to these services and activities is allowed on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Passengers travelling on COVID-tested flights authorized by the Ministry of Health can enter Italy without having to comply with health surveillance and fiduciary isolation obligations.
Passengers travelling on “COVID-tested” flights are required:
- to present a certificate to the airline on boarding and its control personnel testifying a negative result for a molecular or antigen swab test taken no more than 48 hours prior to boarding
- to fill in the Passenger Locator Form to be presented before boarding
- take another molecular (RT PCR) or antigenic swab test on arrival at the destination airport
For further information and a list of routes operating COVID-tested flights, consult the Ministry of Health website.
Updated June 21st 2021
Italy opens borders again!!
Italian health minister Roberto Speranza announced that Italy will allow the entry of travelers from the United States under the requirements of the E.U.’s Green Certificate. That means U.S. travelers who can provide proof of vaccination, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, or a negative PCR- or rapid-antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival can travel to Italy without observing an isolation period on arrival. The new entry requirements are effective as of June 21.
Until now, Italy had only been partially open to Americans who were willing to isolate on arrival, or able to take several COVID tests. The nation had approved so-called “COVID-tested flights,” operated by U.S. airlines such as Delta, that allowed U.S. passengers to visit from 10 designated air hubs if they tested prior to departure, upon boarding, and at arrival. If all tests came back negative, travelers didn’t need to isolate; U.S. travelers arriving on standard flights were subject to a quarantine period upon arrival.
Under the new rules, “Those vaccinated in the U.S.A. can prove this via the ‘white card’ bearing a CDC logo,” according to the Italian Embassy in United States. Delta says that in addition to presenting documents like proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result, its customers traveling to Italy are still required to pre-register and fill out an E.U. Digital Passenger Locator form before boarding.
Updates May 18th 2021
Weddings can be held from 15 June, under the ‘green pass’ system, with guests required to show proof of vaccinations or a negative covid test.
Shopping malls and commercial centres can open at weekends and on holidays from 22 May. Ski lifts in mountain resorts can reopen from 22 May.
Italy’s squares, beaches, forest trails, lakes, rivers and seas are waiting for you. And above all, we, the Italians can’t wait to welcome you back to experience a dream holiday in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Some destinations are already covid free.
“Our mountains, our beaches, our cities are reopening, some sectors are set to shrink, others to grow, and I do not doubt that tourism will re-emerge stronger than before…The time has come to book your holidays in Italy; we can’t wait to welcome you back.”
This was Prime Minister Mario Draghi‘s message introducing the G20 press conference devoted to tourism. A statement of great hope and positivity that makes Italy open to the world.
In particular, from 16 May 2021, Minister Speranza and the Prime Minister are working on this new solution: the National Green Pass – at the moment an Italian authentic experience – will be also valid for foreign tourists. It will be possible to travel to Italy with one of the following requirements:
– the certificate of vaccination, with both doses and only with vaccines authorised by Ema (2 doses in the case of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, one in the case of Johnson&Johnson)
– a certificate of recovery (six months validity)
– a negative swab carried out within the previous 48 hours.
Any one of these three requirements will allow you to obtain the “National Green Pass“, which is not a digital certificate but corresponds to the paper document proving vaccination, recovery from the covid or the swab. This paper document will then be replaced by the Digital Green Certificate, the European digital certificate from June.
From the 16th of May, the new measure will remove the quarantine requirement for those coming from the European Union and the United States and Israel, where vaccinations are well ahead of other countries. Restrictions will remain for countries on the blacklist, such as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. However, we will have to wait for the measure that will arrive soon for a definitive and reliable list.
For Americans who wish to arrive in our beautiful country please go and read the details at this link
– the United States no longer belongs to “Group E” group of Countries, and is now part of “Group D” which includes Countries from which entry to Italy is permitted without the need for a specific reason.
ENTRY TO ITALY FROM THE USA VIA COVID-TESTED FLIGHTS
– If entry to Italy from the USA occurs via Covid-tested flights, passengers are not required to abide by quarantine obligations;
– persons departing the USA on board of Covid-tested flights are required to hand in to the carrier and to whoever is in charge of carrying out checks, upon boarding, a certification attesting to the negative result of the molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 48 hours prior to boarding; upon arrival in Italy, passengers are required to carry out, directly at the airport, a molecular (RT PCR) or antigenic swab test;
– the international airports in the United States authorized for the Covid-tested flights to Italy are the following:Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (John Fitzgerald Kennedy e Newark Liberty), Philadelphia, Washington DC; the international airports in Italy authorized for the Covid-tested flights from the United States are the following: Roma-Fiumicino, Milano-Malpensa, Napoli-Capodichino e Venezia-Marco Polo;
– NB: not all international direct flights between said airports are Covid-tested. Upon booking, it is important to verify that the selected flight is a Covid-tested one, as well as to check the airline’s specific testing and documentation requirements.
ENTRY TO ITALY FROM THE USA VIA NON COVID-TESTED FLIGHTS
– Despite the lifting of restrictions to travel from the USA to Italy, if entry to Italy from the USA occurs via non Covid-tested flights, the following remains valid: a) the obligation to hand in to the carrier and to whoever is in charge of carrying out checks, upon boarding, a certification attesting to the negative result of a molecular test or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 72 hours prior to entering Italy; b) the obligation to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 10 days, and the obligation to undergo an additional molecular or antigenic swab at the end of the 10-day isolation period.
All passengers entering Italy will be required to complete the digital Passenger Locator Form(https://app.euplf.eu/), before entering the Italian territory or, alternatively, the paper self-declaration form(https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2021/04/modulo_rientro_sintetico_25_aprile_2021_eng.pdf).
For Covid-tested flights from the USA to Rome Fiumicino, we recommend checking the airport’s specific Internet page with the necessary information on testing and required documentation:
For Covid-tested flights from the USA to Milan Malpensa, we recommend checking the airport’s specific Internet page with the necessary information on testing and required documentation:
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