Frequently Asked Questions on Covid-19 testing

Coronavirus Travel Tests

What tests are accepted for travel to other EU countries?

The European Union has agreed on a list of rapid tests (antigen) accepted in all EU countries. To be valid in the European Union and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the tests (molecular or antigenic) have sensitivity equal to or greater than 90% and specificity equal to or higher than 97%. The result must be in English or in a language recognized in the country where you are going. In addition the following information must be present on the result:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Type of Test, including the name of the manufacturer of the test (for antigen tests)
  • Name infection tested (SARS-CoV-2)
  • Result
  • Date and time
  • Test Center Details
  • Country
Read more details on the website of the EU.

Which Coronavirus test are accepted by airlines?

Molecular (PCR) tests are typically accepted by airlines, but more and more frequently are also accepted antigen test results. Usually, it is required that the test has not been done before 48 hours from the date of the flight. For more details, we recommend you check with your airline and the official information of the destination country. The result must be available even for international travel, in English and/or in the country's language where you are going.

Are do-it-yourself Covid-19 tests accepted for travelling?

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 test results do-it-yourself tests are not accepted where travel is required. This is because travel is required for a test carried out by qualified medical personnel, a patient's test high level of specificity/sensitivity and details on the report.

What is Italy’s Green Pass for travel or the EU's COVID travel pass?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), is a document that allows people to travel to/from all 27 member states of the European Union.

A Digital Green Certificate is a digital (and if requested also a paper) proof that a person has either

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • received a negative test result; or
  • recovered from COVID-19

The pass is issued by hospitals, test centres, health authorities etc. It consists of information about the individual and their vaccination/test/COVID recovery. The digital version consists of this information and a QR code stored on the individual's mobile phone.

The certificates should be rolled out for issuance and verification by summer 2021.

More information is available on the EU's website

Can I take a Coronavirus test at an Italian airport before my departure?

Some airports can make a molecular or rapid test to detect the Coronavirus infection. If the airport from you are travelling does not have this option, you must carry out a test in the city where you are staying before going to the airport. On faiuntestevai.it offers you the chance to find a centre to carry out a test before departure, it reports both centres available directly at airports and those closest in adjacent cities.

Do I need a Green Pass to travel in Italy?

Italy for now will recognise proof of negative Covid Tests (PCR or antigen) or proof of a vaccination recognised by the EU. The Green Pass is expected to be gradually rolled out in summe (after mid-June). At that stage, it is suggested to check with official Italian sources or with your airline.

Can I take a Covid-19 test at an Italian airport when I land?

More and more countries require the result of a test taken before departure (typically 48 hours before departure). Please visit the country's website where you are heading or the airline you are using to find out up to date official information. On faiuntestevai.it we offer you the chance to find a centre to carry out a test before departure.

Can I travel to Italy if I haven't yet been vaccinated?

The Digital Green Certificate is a document that facilitates free movement inside the EU. Not only Covid vaccinations are recorded in the the Green Pass, but also results from Covid tests. Italy recognises results from RT-PCR test and rapid antigen tests. Being able to provide a negative test result is one of the conditions that have to be met in order to enter Italy.

Do I need a Coronavirus test to enter Italy?

To enter Italy, it is required to produce a negative test against infection of coronavirus depending on the country of origin. The result must be in Italian or English. For an updated list of the countries for which a test please visit this up to date page from the Italian Ministry of health.

Do I still need to quarantine in Italy despite having a negative test result?

Depending on the country from which/to which you are travelling, you may be required to comply with a quarantine period of isolation, even in the case in which the result of a test by Covid-19 is negative. Please visit the website of the country where you are going.

Stay home and call your doctor: if you think you have been exposed to coronavirus and develop a fever & any symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.