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May 16, 2021

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.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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

COVID-19 Testing:

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

Movement Restrictions

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.

 

 

COVID-TESTED FLIGHTS

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

Italy’s curfew is to be scrapped completely on 21 June as the government relaxes covid restrictions further.
The Italian government has announced that the nightly curfew is to be phased out gradually over the next few weeks as the country continues to ease its covid-19 restrictions.
The 22.00-05.00 curfew will be pushed back to 23.00 in Italy’s moderate-risk ‘yellow’ zones from 18 May.
The curfew will then be pushed back to midnight from 7 June before being scrapped entirely on 21 June.
Italy to reopen for tourists this summer
Currently all of Italy is classified as yellow with the exception of Val d’Aosta which is a medium-risk ‘orange’ zone.
Six regions are to enter the lowest-risk ‘white’ zone by the first week of June. There are currently no regions in the high-risk ‘red’ zone.
American Airlines and Delta offer US tourists covid-tested flights to Italy
The decision to gradually phase out the curfew was announced on the evening of 17 May after a meeting between Italian premier Mario Draghi, government ministers and top health advisors at Palazzo Chigi.
The move comes amid a steady decline in Italy’s new coronavirus infections and an improving vaccination programme, as the country opens up to international visitors this summer.
Italy lifts quarantine for tourists from EU, UK and Israel from 16 May
In addition to the curfew, Italy has announced the easing of restrictions affecting the following categories:
Restaurants
From 1 June restaurants and bars can open for lunch and dinner indoors as well as outdoors.
Competition sports can resume from 1 June, with spectators allowed up to 25 per cent of the full capacity of the facility, but not exceeding 500 people indoors or 1,000 outdoors.
Gyms can open on 24 May, with indoor swimming pools reopening on 1 July.

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.

Theme parks can reopen from 15 June.
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.
Gambling: Amusement arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos can reopen from 1 July. Discos are to remain closed.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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:

https://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/covid-tested-flights-procedures

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:

https://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/passenger-guide/news/covid-tested-flights

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