Italy to Allow Britons Enter the Country With Only a Negative COVID-19 Test Result

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Published on May 25, 2021 | Last updated on Jun 8, 2021

International Restrictions: 

 The Ministry of Health has issued a new ordinance regulating international travel under COVID-19, which is in effect from 16 May until 30 July 2021
 • It extends the ban on travelers from Brazil (exemptions include officials and representatives of international organizations and persons resident in Italy prior to 13 February 2021).
 • Removal of the quarantine requirement for travelers from EU and Schengen countries, Israel, and the UK. However, all persons entering Italy must present negative COVID-19 test results from the 48 hours prior to entering Italy (exemptions include officials and representatives of international organizations).
 A second ordinance expands Covid-tested flights at the Rome Fiumicino and Milano Malpensa International airports, as well as in Naples and Venice, welcoming specific flights from Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. For detailed requirements for entering Italy you should consult this link from the Ministry of Health.

More specific details as published by the European Commission 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 a “List C” country 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.

Children under 2 years old are exempted.


Is a quarantine required?

From 16 May, no quarantine is imposed on travellers arriving from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries who are able to provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.

If you are unable to show proof of a molecular or antigenic test, you can enter Italy but you must:

  • Inform your Local Health Authority of reference as soon as you enter Italy
  • Self-isolate for 10 days
  • take another molecular or antigenic test at the end of the 10-day self-isolation.

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.


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