Italy's new new COVID-19 pass for travel and easing of restrictions from 26 Apri

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Published on Apr 22, 2021 | Last updated on Jun 8, 2021

Government will introduce new COVID-19 pass for travel in high-risk zones as some restrictions will be eased from 26 April (The Local – Italy, 20.04.2021). Italian government extends quarantine requirement for travelers from European countries until 30 April (The Local, 08.04.2021).

International Restrictions

 There are no travel bans, but travel to and from any non-EU/non-Schengen country is solely allowed for work, health, study, or other urgent reasons. The exceptions to this requirement are Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand. 14 days quarantine is required for any non-EU/non-Schengen country. Testing is required for ALL persons entering Italy. Exceptions apply for personnel of diplomatic missions or international organizations.
 For specific and detailed requirements for entering Italy you should consult this here from the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs and below:

From within the EU

Italy adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Italy are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

In case of stay or transit through EU countries (List C) during the 14 days prior to the entrance in Italy, entry is permitted without the need to specify the reason for travelling.

Specific and updated rules for each country of origin are available at ViaggiareSicuri

Before embarking on a trip to Italy, make sure that your Region of destination has no further measures in place. For additional information, some useful regional contacts are available.

Is a coronavirus test required?

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.

Specific measures apply for travellers coming from the Tirol region in Austria, who are required to:

  • present a certificate of a negative antigenic or molecular test, performed up to 48 hours before entry;
  • undergo an additional antigenic or PCR test upon arrival or within 48 hours from entering the country;
  • undergo, regardless of the result of the test, health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for a period of 14 days;
  • carry out a further molecular or antigenic test at the end of the 14-day quarantine.

Is a quarantine required?

Until 30 April, all travellers from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries will have to complete a 5-day quarantine.

On day 5, a PCR test must be taken. If the result of this test is negative, the period of quarantine can end.


Mandatory Travel Documentation

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.



Contact Point for Italy:
Online Inquiries

For information related to molecular or antigenic test in Italy, you can refer to the following phone numbers:

  • From abroad: +39 0232008345 – +39 0283905385
  • In Italy: 1500 (free of charge)

As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.

EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

Additionally, for Italy, the following rules apply:

Anyone (regardless of nationality) can transit by private means through the Italian territory for a period not exceeding 36 hours, with the obligation, at the end of that period, to leave the national territory immediately or, failing that, to begin the period of surveillance and fiduciary isolation.

Find out more:

*From Third Countries:

For travellers coming from third countries outside the EU+ area, travel is allowed only for specific reasons and not for tourism.

Travellers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore (List D) are allowed to enter for any reason (including tourism).

Third-country travellers can also enter Italy if they have a proven relationship with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens, or with people who are legally resident in Italy, and if they are travelling to their partners’ home/domicile/dwelling.


Specific rules for travel from Brazil:

Entry and transit in the national territory are forbidden for travellers who have visited or transited through Brazil in the 14 days prior to their day of entry. Some exceptions are in place according to the Order of 13 February 2021.

People who are allowed to enter Italy to reach their domicile, home, or residence of their minor children, have to follow a specific protocol described on


Is quarantine required?

In all the described cases, travellers have to:

  • 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.

Internal Restrictions:
 **You will need to carry a self-certification form whenever you leave your home at the Red Zone. The self-certification form, available here for download and printing, will be used to confirm the motive for leaving one’s home, which must be related to work, health, or other urgent reasons. Persons are permitted to travel to return to their residence. Violations are subject to fines.

 ++Italy has released the latest classification of regions into different color zones, which is in effect from Monday, 19 April 2021. The zones are as follows:
 ·*White Zones – Zones classified as having a ‘low’ level of risk: No regions at present time. 
 *Yellow Zones – Zones classified as having a ‘moderate’ risk: There will be NO YELLOW ZONES UNTIL 30 APRIL
 *Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio (including Rome), Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
 *Red Zones: Zones classified as having the highest level of risk: Puglia, Sardinia and Valle d’Aosta.
 The Italian Government EXTENDS the provisions of the 2 March 2021 decree and is in effect from 7-30 April 2021. Modifications are as follows:
 • There will be no Yellow Zones. Orange Zone measures will apply in all Yellow Zones. 
 • Red Zone measures will apply to any region or autonomous province with more than 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week. 
 o The presidents of regions or autonomous provinces may choose to apply Red Zone measures in: -Provinces where there are more than 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week; -Areas in which the spread of COVID-19 strains results in a high risk of transmissibility or causes severe illness 
 • In Orange Zones, it is possible to visit one other private residence within the same city, no more than once a day. Curfew must continue to be respected. A maximum of two persons may make such journeys, plus any children in their household under the age of 14 or any other persons who are unable to care for themselves. 
 • Schools: o Throughout the entire country, nurseries, primary schools, and the first year of middle school (scuole medie)will continue to operate with in-person teaching activities. Masks must be worn by all except children under the age of 6. 
 o In Red Zones, the second and third years of middle school and secondary schools (high schools) must suspend in-person teaching activities and exclusively operate through distance learning arrangements. 
 o In Yellow/Orange Zones, the second and third years of middle school and secondary schools (high schools) must guarantee in-person teaching activities for between 50-75% of students. 
 • The COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory for all medical and health care professionals working in health care, social, and welfare facilities (whether public or private), pharmacies, or in professional offices. Only in the event of confirmed danger to health, in relation to specific documented clinical conditions, attested by their general practitioner, can such persons be exempted from mandatory vaccination. 
 Measures applicable in the entire country: 
 Masks: It is mandatory to have a mask on one’s person at all times, to be worn in public both in enclosed areas and outdoors, except in cases where social distancing is continuously guaranteed. Exceptions to this requirement apply for children under the age of 6 and for persons with medical conditions incompatible with the use of a mask. Masks also do not need to be worn when engaging in physical activity or while consuming food or beverages. The use of masks is strongly recommended in one’s own residence in the presence of visitors. 
 • Social distancing continues to be required; 1 meter interpersonal distance at all times! 
 • The use of masks is in addition to existing social distancing and careful hand washing measures, which continue to be priorities. 
 • Self-isolation continues to be mandatory for persons exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection with a fever (above 37.5 degrees); such individuals must remain at home and contact their doctor. 
 • Contact tracing: The app, Immuni, must be used by health authorities for contact tracing. 
 • Remote working continues to be recommended where it is possible. 
 Measures applicable in different color zones: 
 • Yellow zones: see Orange Zone restrictions. 
 • Orange Zones: Zones classified as having an ‘elevated’ risk have the below measures in place (applicable Yellow Zone measures have been appropriately integrated): 
 • Nobody is allowed in or out of the region, except for work, health, or other urgent reasons; for school attendance as allowed by the present decree; or to return to one’s legal residence. Passing through orange zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed. 
 • Likewise, leaving one’s municipality is not allowed, except for the above stated reasons. However, for persons in towns with less than 5000 inhabitants, travel is allowed within a 30km radius, but not to provincial capitals. 
 • Museums and cultural institutions are closed, with the exception of libraries, which may continue to operate on the basis of appointments and reservations. 
 • Cinemas, theaters, and concert halls are all closed. 
 • Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00; the exception, as listed above, is that takeaway is not allowed past 18:00 for cafes without kitchens or bars/pubs. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue. 
 • Curfew: Between 22:00-5:00, exclusively persons with valid work, health or other urgent reasons may be out. Such persons will need to be prepared to justify their outing through a self-certification form available here. In any case, it is strongly recommended at any point of the day that persons do not leave their homes except for work, health or other urgent reasons OR to engage in physical activity or to make use of any ongoing services. 
 • Public protests: are allowed only in static form and if social distancing is respected. 
 • Streets or squares in urban centers prone to the formation of crowds may be closed all or part of the day, though allowing access to legitimate commercial activities and private residences. 
 • Public parks and gardens: continue to be open to the public so long as gatherings and crowds are strictly avoided. 
 • Religious ceremonies and places of worship: Access to places of worship is allowed so long as social distancing of at least 1 meter is guaranteed. 
 • Conferences and other events may only take place through remote modalities; it is strongly recommended that private meetings only take place remotely. 
 • Dance halls, night clubs, social centers: are closed, whether indoors or outdoors. 
 • Parties: are prohibited, including those following civil or religious ceremonies. 
 • Festivals, exhibitions, and similar events are prohibited. 
 • Outdoor exercise: is allowed and may be conducted in public parks and using public exercise equipment, so long as an interpersonal distance of 2 meters is respected during sports activities and 1 meter for all other physical activities. Contact sports are prohibited. 
 • Gyms, pools, sports centers, Wellness centers, and spas are closed. Sports activities may continue to be carried out in outdoors sports centers and clubs as long as social distancing requirements are respected and the use of their locker rooms/changing rooms is prohibited. 
 • Amusement parks, arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls, and casinos are closed (and such activities are prohibited in any other type of facility). 
 • Public transit: Trains, trams, and buses may be filled to a maximum of 50% capacity. 
 • Services to individuals may continue to be allowed as long as safety protocols are followed and only if regions determine that their operation is compatible with epidemiological trends within their territories. 
 • Shopping centers, malls, business centers, and markets are closed on weekends and holidays; pharmacies, dry-cleaners, laundromats, newsstands, bookshops, tobacco shops and shops selling foodstuffs or plants inside shopping centers and markets may remain open. 
 • Red Zones: Zones classified as having the highest level of risk have Yellow Zone measures in place in addition to the below measures: 
 • All movements are prohibited to/from and within these zones, except for work, health, or other urgent reasons. Passing through red zones to reach one’s legal residence is allowed. 
 • Outdoor exercise: may be carried out on an individual basis in the vicinity of one’s home, respecting an interpersonal distance of at least 1 meter. Persons not engaging in sports activities must wear a mask. All sports centers and clubs are closed. 
 • Museums and cultural institutions are closed, with the exception of libraries, which may continue to operate on the basis of appointments and reservations. 
 • Cinemas, theaters, and concert halls are all closed. 
 • Commercial activities are suspended with the exception of essential services, including: businesses selling foodstuffs, places selling computers or telecommunications equipment, gas stations, hardware stores, places selling toiletries, bookstores, sports equipment stores, baby clothes stores, pet supply stores, newsstands, tobacco shops, and pharmacies. 
 • Markets are closed with the exception of stands exclusively selling foodstuffs or plants. 
 • Foodservice activities (including cafes, restaurants, pubs, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops) are suspended. However, delivery continues to be allowed at all times and takeaway until 22:00; the exception, as listed above, is that takeaway is not allowed past 18:00 for cafes without kitchens or bars/pubs. Foodservice activities at rest stops along highways, in hospitals, and in airports may continue. 
 • Services to individuals are suspended, with the exception of laundromats, dry-cleaners, and funeral services. 
 • Remote working is required where possible; employers must limit presence of personnel, guaranteeing that exclusively activities that cannot be delayed are handled in-person.