Travelling in Italy during Covid

Current Rules on Travelling to Italy

Testing on arrival in Italy

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test. The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Accepted test: molecular (PCR) and antigenic. Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers. Furthermore, travellers are asked to inform the Local Health Authority as soon as they enter the Italian territory.

Travellers from third-countries are required to take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to entry.

Specific requirements for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka:nEntry to Italy from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is banned except for persons either resident in Italy since before 29 April 2021 or expressly authorised by the Ministry of Health.

Persons entering Italy who visited or transited through India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka between 15 and 28 April 2021, even if they do not show symptoms of Covid-19, need to inform the local health authority, take a swab test (molecular or antigenic), self-isolate for a period of 10 days and take another swab test.

Quarantine on arrival in Italy

Self-isolation at own accommodation-subject to category.

Travellers from EU countries, Israel, & the UK

From 16 May until 30 July there is no longer a requirement to quarantine on arrival in Italy, unless travellers arrive without proof of a negative test.

Non-EU Countries

provide a self-declaration

Self-isolate for 14 days and undergo supervision by the competent local Health Authority. The self-isolation period is reduced to 10 days for travellers who entered Italy after 18 April 2021. After the 10-day period, an additional PCR test is required.

This quarantine requirement does not apply to officials and representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions.

Persons entering Italy who visited or transited through India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka between 15 and 28 April 2021

Even if they do not show symptoms of Covid-19, need to inform the local health authority, take a swab test (molecular or antigenic), self-isolate for a period of 10 days and take another swab test.

Travellers from Brazil

Persons who have been in or traveled through Brazil in the previous 14 days may not enter or transit through Italy. This does not apply to persons who have no COVID-19 symptoms AND had established residency in Italy prior to 13 February 2021. Persons in this category must present negative COVID-19 test results from the 48 hours prior to entering Italy and an additional COVID-19 test must be taken upon arrival. Regardless of the test results, they must then quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a second COVID-19 test at the end of quarantine.

Face Coverings and Masks

It is mandatory to wear a mask (covering the nose and mouth) in closed places other than private homes and outdoors, except in cases where isolation from non-cohabiting people is continuously guaranteed.

Until July 31, 2021, the use of a mask is mandatory (unless it is incompatible with personal needs of the moment), throughout the day, for all those who pass or stop on foot or by bike in the following areas:

in the historic center, in the area included within the avenues of the ring road; in the areas in front of and in the streets adjacent to the entrances of school centers, gyms and in the areas of bus and train stops, in the waiting areas for taxis and car rental with driver (NCC) throughout the municipal area.

The following subjects are excluded from the obligation:

  • subjects who are doing sporting activities;
  • children under the age of six;
  • subjects with pathologies or disabilities incompatible with the use of the mask, as well as those who to interact with the aforementioned are in the same incompatibility.

Washable cloth or home made masks can also be used outdoors. However, for closed and public places, a surgical mask or FFP2 mask is mandatory.

Movement restrictions

A tiered system divides Italian regions into red, orange, yellow and white areas depending on coronavirus risk. Find the most up to date classification on Italy's Government website.

As of mid-June, most of Italy is now in yellow zones, and many regions have been reporting low enough cases that they could be placed in white zones soon.

Regulations in force from June for white zones

Italian regions are classified as white zones when the Rt index is below 1 and there are 50 or fewer weekly cases of Covid-19 for every 100,000 people, for three weeks in a row. These regions are the safest and have less restrictions than other regions. The restrictions for the regions in the white zone are as follows:

  • No night curfew: restaurants and bars are allowed to stay open with no time limitations
  • Social distancing and wearing a mask everywhere are still paramount
  • Clubs are still closed
Regulations in force from June for yellow zones
  • Curfew has been moved from 10pm to 11pm
  • Restaurants, cafes, theatres and cinemas with outdoor seating will open in yellow regions
  • Restaurants with indoor seating will open for lunch with limitations and social distancing
  • Gyms will also reopen from May 24, following strict restrictions
  • Museums and art galleries are allowed to reopen on weekdays as well as on weekends but only by reservations in yellow regions.
  • It will be possible to travel between two yellow regions. To travel to and from an orange or red zones for reasons other than work or emergencies, travelers will need a green pass (see below)
  • Schools and universities will reopen at 100% capacity for yellow and orange zone
  • Shopping malls are on weekdays, and will reopen on weekends starting from May 22
  • Outdoor pools are open, while indoor pools will stay closed until July
  • Sports competition will reopen to the public with more than 25% capacity but limited to 1000 people
  • From June 7th, curfew will be moved to midnight
  • From June 15, it will be possible to host some parties such as wedding receptions
  • From June 21, night curfew will be lifted
  • From July 1, indoor pools will reopen
  • From July 1, conventions will start again (while fairs from June 15th), as well as thermal baths and thematic parks