Travel rules to Italy from abroad

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Published on Feb 11, 2021 | Last updated on Jun 8, 2021

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


Is a coronavirus test required?

A certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, performed up to 48 hours before entry, is required.

Some exceptions to the requirement for a coronavirus test are in place.

Is a quarantine required?

People who do not present negative results of a molecular or antigenic test are subject to mandatory health surveillance and 14-day fiduciary isolation.

Some exceptions to the requirement for quarantine are in place.


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.



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)
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.



Contact Point for Italy:
Online Inquiries

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:

Specific rules and guidelines for travel from the UK (List E)

Entry into Italy in case of travellers who have visited or passed through the UK in the previous 14 days is only permitted for those with official residency in Italy since before 23 December 2020 or those with absolute necessity, which must be declared through a self-declaration form.

In these cases, travellers are allowed entry to Italy only if they:

  • present the airline with a negative Covid-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before travel.
  • Take a Covid-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test on arrival in Italy at the airport, port or border crossing, or within 48 hours from entering the country at their local Health Authority.
  • Whatever the result of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local Health Authorities on arrival and must quarantine for 14 days.
Personnel engaged in transporting passengers and freight shall not be required to quarantine in Italy (except if they have Covid-19 symptoms), but shall nevertheless be required to take a molecular or antigenic swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the country at their local Health Authority.


Specific rules and guidelines for travel from Brazil (List E) 

From 16 to 31 January 2021, 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 expected day of entry (except for those who were on board an indirect flight to Italy which began on 16 January 2021).


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

For travellers coming from third countries not belonging to the previous list, travel is allowed only for specific reasons, such as work, health or study or in general absolute urgency.

Third-country travellers can also enter Italy if they have a proven and stable affective 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.


Is quarantine required? 

In all the described cases, travellers have to:

  • provide a self-declaration to the carrier or, upon request, to law enforcement officers;
  • self-isolate for 14 days and undergo supervision by the competent local Health Authority;
  • reach their final destination in Italy only by private vehicle (airport transit is allowed, however without leaving the dedicated areas of the terminal).
Some exceptions are in place.


To know more:


Internal Restrictions:
 *Travel in Italy: Travel across regions in Italy is banned until 15 February unless for reasons of work, health or absolute necessity. All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services. Taxi and car hire options are widely available. Rail companies are operating reduced schedules. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Speak to your tour operator or transport provider for the latest information. More information on all these requirements is available from the Ministry of Health or the Agency for National Tourism. Consult the European Union’s Re-Open EU page for rules on travelling within the EU.
*Public spaces and services: Enhanced measures are in place across Italy to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
• A nightly curfew is in place in all regions from 2200 to 0500. You cannot leave your place of residence during this time apart from for emergency, work or health reasons. You’ll need to carry a self-declaration form explaining your reasons for travel
• There is a strong recommendation from the Italian Government that people do not travel by public or private transport except for work, study or health reasons, or for reasons of necessity
• Public transport is operating at 50% capacity and its use is discouraged except for essential purposes
• Social distancing of one metre must be observed
• The use of masks is mandatory in all public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. You should pay close attention to signage when travelling and carry a mask with you at all times
• Eateries are open in yellow zones from 5am to 6pm. Only four people can sit together at a restaurant, bar or café. In all zones, a home delivery service is available until 10pm
• It is not permitted to consume food and drink outdoors, between 6pm and 5am
• Theatres, cinemas and concert venues are closed
• Museums, in yellow zones, are open on weekdays
• Dance activity in nightclubs and open air venues has been suspended and parties are not permitted
• Parks are open and outdoor exercise is permitted, subject to social distancing. Contact sport is banned and sports centres, swimming pools, spas and wellness centres are closed
• Funerals are permitted to take place with limited attendance. Churches can celebrate mass, weddings and baptisms. Receptions following civil and religious ceremonies are banned
• Conferences and trade fairs are banned, unless held online
• Ski stations will remain closed until 15 February
More stringent measures are in place in some Italian regions that have been designated ‘orange zones’ or ‘red zones’.Travel to or from ’red zones’ should only be for work, health or emergency reasons. In red and orange zones, bars and eateries are closed and only shops selling essential items are open. More information on regional classifications, or on regional COVID zones is available on the Ministry of Health website (in English).
Regional and local authorities in Italy are empowered to adjust these measures where required, which may occur at short notice. You are strongly advised to consult the websites for the regions in which you are travelling for the latest information. You should also pay close attention to local signage. You can find more information on measures on the Ministry of Health website (in English) and Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).