COVID-19 travel restrictions: Italy

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on December 27, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Italy?

As of December 2021, Italy is open for tourism for a limited number of countries. Please take your time to learn the information presented below to check if you can enter Italy and what COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Traveling to Italy from “List A,” “List C,” “List D” and “List E” countries

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Currently, the Italian government divides countries into “List A,” “List C,” “List D,” and “List E” countries.

Traveling to Italy from “List A,” “List C” and “List D” countries

The entry requirements for the “List A,” “List C” and “List D” countries are the same. You can travel to Italy for tourism from these countries provided you adhere to all the requirements mentioned below.

“List A” includes:

  • San Marino
  • The Vatican

“List C” includes:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland)
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands

“List D” includes:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Macao
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay

Traveling to Italy from “List E” countries

Presently, “List E” are all countries that are not included in “List A,” “List C” and “List D.” Travelers from these countries are prohibited from entering Italy without essential reasons (please check the list of essential reasons at the official website).

Who cannot enter Italy now?

Duomo of Milan, Italy. Cathedral. Symbol of Milano.Beautiful sunset. Looking up from arcadeDuomo di Milano, Italy — Shutterstock

Visitors from “List E” countries cannot enter Italy currently.

In addition, please note that starting from November 2021, specific rules for arrivals from some African countries have been introduced. If you have been present in these countries 14 days prior to arrival, you can not enter Italy:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

The requirements below explain the rules for travelers from Lists A, C, and D.

Can I enter Italy if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Italy if you are vaccinated. However, please note that starting from December 14, even fully vaccinated travelers have to present a negative COVID-19 test result.

Presently, there are four vaccines approved in Italy:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you are vaccinated, you have to present both documents:

  • Documentation of vaccination (the EU Digital COVID Certificate for EU travelers and other confirmation for visitors from outside the EU)
  • A negative test result taken within 24 hours before departure (rapid antigen tests, also known as LFTs) or 48 hours before departure (PCR tests)

Can I enter Italy if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Italy if you are unvaccinated. Please note that entry requirements are stricter for unvaccinated visitors.

Unvaccinated travelers have to go on a five-day self-isolation upon arrival in Italy. Children under 12 are not subject to self-isolation if they are traveling with vaccinated adults or have recovered from COVID-19.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, present one of the following documents:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 that is no more than 180 days old
  • A negative antigen test result taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in Italy (48 hours if you’re arriving from the UK and Ireland)

Can I leave Italy?

Currently, it is possible to leave Italy and travel to almost all countries of the world. The exceptions are listed below.

Can I leave Italy if I am vaccinated?

You can leave Italy if you are vaccinated. In addition, please learn the requirements about testing for vaccinated visitors of your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

Vaccinated travelers must have one of the following documents to leave Italy:

  • The EU digital COVID certificate (to travel within the EU)
  • Another document confirming vaccination (to travel outside the EU)

Can I leave Italy if I am unvaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers can leave Italy.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

  • A documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

Traveling from Italy to “List A,” “List C,” and “List D” countries

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can leave Italy and travel to “List A,” “List C,” and “List D” countries. However, entry requirements vary for every country. Please make sure to learn them in advance.

Traveling from Italy to “List E” countries

Please note that traveling to “List E” countries from Italy is only possible for essential reasons (tourism is not considered as such).

In addition, the Ministry of Health strongly advises people to avoid traveling to the following countries due to the omicron infection (a new variation of COVID-19):

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

If you are an Italian citizen and returning to Italy from these countries, you are obliged to adhere to the following requirements:

  • Complete the digital Passenger Locator Form
  • Take an antigen test within 72 hours prior to entry into Italy
  • Notify the prevention department of the health authority responsible for the area of your entry (please, check the official state site to find contacts of the appropriate authorities)
  • Undergo self-isolation for ten days
  • Take an additional test at the end of the ten-day self-isolation period

COVID-19 situation in Italy currently

After three lockdowns, the COVID-19 situation in Italy has become more moderate now. More than 80% of the total population has been fully vaccinated. Nevertheless, the global spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant has pushed Italian authorities to extend the state of emergency until March and tighten travel restrictions for arrivals.

FAQs

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Is it safe to travel to Italy right now?

As of December 2021, traveling to Italy is safe provided you follow local regulations:
  • Wearing masks is mandatory both inside and outside (in most big cities)
  • Up to two passengers on the backseat of a taxi
  • Mass events are open with a maximum capacity of 75% outdoors and 60% indoors and let in only fully vaccinated or recovered visitors (while small bars, coffee houses, etc., welcome visitors with a negative test result as well)

Is Rome open for travel?

Rome is open for travel now. Please adhere to all nationwide COVID-19 rules mentioned above.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Italy?

Starting from December 15, all unvaccinated travelers must go on a five-day self-isolation upon arrival in Italy. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from this rule.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Italy?

As of December 2021, Italy has “green” and “super green” passes for visitors. “Green” passes are any form of negative COVID-19 test results. “Super green” passes are any form of vaccination certificates or recovery documents from COVID-19.

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