Travel to and from Italy - Covid Update
According to the Italian Prime Ministerial Decree of January 14, travel for any reason TO the following states ("list C") is freely permitted under Italian law, subject to the limitations provided in Italy by the regional governments.
Citizens from these European countries are currently permitted entry into Italy
Italy allows you to travel to these countries (listed below), but you should comply with the rules of entry regarding the country you are visiting. Up-to-date information can be found on the website 'Viaggiare Sicuri', created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which we strongly recommend visit before travelling from Italy, you can also visit the website reopen.europa.eu where you can find information in English. Please read the following paragraph Entry into Italy to understand more regarding your obligations as a traveller.
- Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion, Mayotte; excluding other territories), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the Canary Islands and other territories located in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary;
- States party to the Schengen agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway (including Svalbard and Jan Mayen), Switzerland;
- Andorra, Principality of Monaco;
- Republic of San Marino and Vatican City State.
ENTRY INTO ITALY
The Prime Ministerial Decree of January 14, valid until March 5 explains there are certain conditions for travel into Italy from specific foreign countries and territories. Moreover, individual Regions (Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily etc.) may impose their own independent conditions. It is therefore recommended you verify if any additional provisions exist, this can be done by contacting them directly or visiting their respective websites, please see this page. You can also use the questionnaire developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html
Who can enter Italy freely, without specifying the reason for the trip however including a mandatory 14-day quarantine OR the obligation to provide a negative Covid19 test.
- Citizens coming from European Union/Schengen countries (list C);
- Citizens coming from 8 non-European countries; those who are EU/Schengen citizens; those who have an emotional relationship in Italy, therefore family or loved ones.
For citizens arriving from EU/Schengen countries (list C):
If you are coming to Italy from any country on list C (above) or have stayed in a country on list C . You must provide a completed declaration document, undergo a molecular or antigenic test which is carried out by swab. The test must be done 48 hours before you set foot onto Italian soil. even if you may not need to quarantine, you will need to notify the department of the local health authority of your entry. If you fail to provide a negative test, you will be subject to quarantine and health surveillance.
For citizens arriving from the United Kingdom
For the United Kingdom (excluding the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and British bases on the island of Cyprus.
- The Order of January 9, 2021, extends until March 5 which states a ban on entry into Italy for those who have stayed/transited through the United Kingdom during the past 14 day. Air traffic is allowed, but only under certain conditions.;
Only citizens who have stayed or transited through the UK during the previous 14 days, provided that they do not present symptoms of COVID-19 and have been registered in Italy since before 23 December 2020 may enter execpt if you have a dire reason or need to be in the country. §§In all cases you must sign and complete the declaration document. These forms aresubject to verification by the competent authorities such as a customs agent and the police.
To those who fall into one of the two previous categories, the entry/return to Italy is permitted, provided that you are carrying the completed and signed self-declaration document, proof you underwent a Covid test 72 hours preceding (a molecular or antigenic test, carried out using swab and negative result);
b) You undergo a further molecular or antigenic test, by means of a swab, on arrival at the airport, port or border, where possible, or within 48 hours of entry into the national territory at the local health authority of reference. In case of entry into the national territory by flight from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the second test is carried on arrival at the airport in Italy;
c) Regardless of the result of the test (positive or negative), you are obliged to undergo quarantine and health surveillance for a period of fourteen days at home or your residence ( See Article 7, paragraph 1, letter c), of the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of December 3, 2020
For those who do not meet the criteria indicated above (registered residence in Italy since before December 23, 2020 or absolute necessity), the entry ban continues to apply, under the terms of the Ordinances of January 9, 2021
Provided you can prove to be COVID-19 free and do not show any signs of symptoms the ban does not apply to the crew of vehicles for the transport of persons and goods, however still under the obligation to undergo a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out using a swab, on arrival at the airport, port or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entry into national territory at the local health authority of reference.
Other countries & the USA
Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the Recommendation, updated by the Council on 28 January 2021, Member States should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries. Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
United States of America
Currently the United States is not on the list of exemptions and therefore any travel to Italy is prohibited. Some execptionsmay apply for humaitarian purposes. For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- Individuals or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the nearest Consular Section at:
Regional Governments in Italy
For detailed information at local level, please consult the websites of the Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces, as well as contact the respective editorial offices.
- Friuli Venezia Giulia
- South Tyrol
- Valle d’Aosta
Important: We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracy regarding our COVID updates, the information is presented as is provided to us.
- Written by Elisabeth Bertrand from Genoa (Liguria Italy) Elisabeth (Jane) Bertrand started this website about Italy in 2008, she has worked in tourism for at least 15 years, specifically as a product manager of a travel company. Since then she changes industry and continued as a website developer. Currently she combines travel with web technology in the best way possible. She has lived in Italy several times and it remains her favourite vacation destination so she would certainly be available for a travel review if she is not too busy with Dolcevia.com's technology. Visit my website