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May 16, 2021

Traveling to Italy | Updated May 18th 2021

Italy opens borders again!!

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:
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.



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.


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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– 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(, before entering the Italian territory or, alternatively, the paper self-declaration form(

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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